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Cuba travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: yes
Flight Restrictions

published 01.07.2020
1. Flights to Cuba are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian flights.
– This does not apply to flights landing in Cayo Coco (CCC), Cayo Largo del Sur (CYO) or Santa Clara (SNU).
2. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving in Cayo Coco (CCC), Cayo Largo del Sur (CYO) or Santa Clara (SNU).

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Quarantine

Authorities may isolate individuals arriving from COVID-19 high risk countries, or those exhibiting symptoms similar to COVID-19, as well as require screening and evaluation at a local hospital or clinic. Individuals who require quarantine will be transferred to select facilities to complete treatment in isolation for 14 days.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

Visitors and permanent residents, will be checked with a ‘PCR’ swab and a temperature test. Tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

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  • Cuba Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020). Lockdown restrictions to ease in Havana starting 3 July (Reuters, 01.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 31 July 2020. This date may be subject to further review. Havana airport is open for humanitarian and repatriation flights. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. On sea vessels, there may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems.
    Under the government’s phased recovery plan, the current rules on entry are: Cuban nationals and foreign residents can enter (Havana is the only airport, and only with repatriation flights at present); no foreign visitors are allowed to enter the country until phase three of the national recovery plan, except for from 1 July, tourists can come to Cuba again with international charter flights directly to these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur., with luggage limits of one case of up to 32kgs per passenger plus hand luggage. All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving to Havana (the only airport open) will have their temperature checked. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Current measures require all passengers arriving at Havana airport to go into quarantine for 14 days, in a government facility (possibly hotel or hospital). This can be in their home Province.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There is a difference in travel and transport for Provinces in Phase 1 (Havana and Matanzas) and the rest in phase 2 of the national recovery plan.
    Transport services are starting to resume in Havana and Matanzas, with limited numbers of passengers allowed on buses and in taxis. There are no transport services allowed between Havana and Matanzas or with other Provinces. Car rental is not allowed. There are taxis running to and from the airport. There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2. For all other Provinces, the transport services within the Provinces have been resuming, with limited numbers of passengers, as has inter-provincial travel between Provinces in phase two of the recovery plan. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter the bus stations. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis. Tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will be transported to their resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Tourists in the five Cayos can rent cars but they cannot leave the Cayo.
    Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity.
    International tourists are only allowed into the Hotels in the five Cayos, arriving on international charter flights. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators. Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants are re-opening but must limit the number of customers (around 30% capacity) and separate tables by 1.5 metres. No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan. Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc. are also re-opening to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing. Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times. Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access. Churches are also able to re-open for services. Provinces in phase two of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana and Matanzas), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    09.07.2020
  • Cuba Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020). Lockdown restrictions to ease in Havana starting 3 July (Reuters, 01.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 31 July 2020, and this date may be subject to further review. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. On sea vessels, there may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems. Only Cuban nationals and foreign residents of Cuba are allowed to enter Cuba, and will be put in government-managed self-isolation accommodation for 14 days. Returning residents are taken to their province of residence for quarantine.Under the government’s phased recovery plan, the rules on entry are: no foreign visitors allowed to enter the country now or when a Province is in phase 1; from 1 July, tourists will be allowed to come to Cuba again with international charter flights directly to these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. Tour operators can start selling these holidays now, with luggage limits of one case of up to 32kgs per passenger plus hand luggage, Everyone will be tested on arrival (a ‘PCR’ swab and a temperature test) and will be transferred directly to their resorts. Anyone that has a positive test result will be transferred to a hospital; in the last phase, tourists will be allowed to enter on any flight to Cuba. Currently all Provinces are in the first group mentioned above, therefore no tourists can enter Cuba. There is no fixed date for when a Province will move to the next phase.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Wearing masks in public places is compulsory, including in vehicles. People must maintain a minimum of distance of one metre between them. People should not leave their accommodation unless there are essential reasons, e.g. to get money, go to a clinic, go to the airport (only when flights resume). All excursions are suspended. A medic will visit the hotel twice per day. As the number of guests in hotels reduces, hotels will close and the guests will be moved into one hotel. Tourists can only stay in authorised casas particulars (private houses), and must stay in the house or may be moved to government hotels. The government will cover the transport. The cost of the hotel may not be the same as the private house. All discos, nightclubs, gymnasiums, etc (government or private owned for public access, and in hotels) are closed. Restaurants and bars have restricted services; only delivery or take away services will be allowed. Camp sites are closed.Tourists can only move around for essential trips and in officially authorised and licensed transport, e.g. yellow taxis to go to a clinic. Tourists can no longer rent cars. Transport between provinces is suspended. Urban transport services have been limited from 11 April to essential services and fewer people are allowed to travel in a bus or car. Private taxi services are suspended. Car rental is not allowed. People cannot travel from Havana to any Provinces in phase 1 recovery. Nor can anyone visit Havana unless they have special permission. There is an increased police presence in the streets and shops, to monitor that people are following the measures.
    Provinces in Phase 1: Wearing masks in public places is compulsory, including in vehicles. People in queues, or public places, must maintain a minimum of distance of one metre between them. Restaurants, bars, gyms, swimming pools and beaches will re-open but must observe limits on number of people, following distancing requirements, and rules on opening hours. Public and private transport services within the Province will resume but there will limits on the numbers of passengers to observe distancing. Only passengers will be allowed into bus or train terminals. Car rental is not allowed.

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    02.07.2020
  • Cuba On June 5, the Cuban Government extended the closure of the airport until at least August 1 (OASC, 08.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 31 July 2020, and this date may be subject to further review. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. On sea vessels, there may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems. Only Cuban nationals and foreign residents of Cuba are allowed to enter Cuba, and will be put in government-managed self-isolation accommodation for 14 days. Returning residents are taken to their province of residence for quarantine.Under the government’s phased recovery plan, the rules on entry are: no foreign visitors allowed to enter the country now or when a Province is in phase 1; from 1 July, tourists will be allowed to come to Cuba again with international charter flights directly to these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. Tour operators can start selling these holidays now, with luggage limits of one case of up to 32kgs per passenger plus hand luggage, Everyone will be tested on arrival (a ‘PCR’ swab and a temperature test) and will be transferred directly to their resorts. Anyone that has a positive test result will be transferred to a hospital; in the last phase, tourists will be allowed to enter on any flight to Cuba. Currently all Provinces are in the first group mentioned above, therefore no tourists can enter Cuba. There is no fixed date for when a Province will move to the next phase.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Wearing masks in public places is compulsory, including in vehicles. People must maintain a minimum of distance of one metre between them. People should not leave their accommodation unless there are essential reasons, e.g. to get money, go to a clinic, go to the airport (only when flights resume). All excursions are suspended. A medic will visit the hotel twice per day. As the number of guests in hotels reduces, hotels will close and the guests will be moved into one hotel. Tourists can only stay in authorised casas particulars (private houses), and must stay in the house or may be moved to government hotels. The government will cover the transport. The cost of the hotel may not be the same as the private house. All discos, nightclubs, gymnasiums, etc (government or private owned for public access, and in hotels) are closed. Restaurants and bars have restricted services; only delivery or take away services will be allowed. Camp sites are closed.Tourists can only move around for essential trips and in officially authorised and licensed transport, e.g. yellow taxis to go to a clinic. Tourists can no longer rent cars. Transport between provinces is suspended. Urban transport services have been limited from 11 April to essential services and fewer people are allowed to travel in a bus or car. Private taxi services are suspended. Car rental is not allowed. People cannot travel from Havana to any Provinces in phase 1 recovery. Nor can anyone visit Havana unless they have special permission. There is an increased police presence in the streets and shops, to monitor that people are following the measures.
    Provinces in Phase 1: Wearing masks in public places is compulsory, including in vehicles. People in queues, or public places, must maintain a minimum of distance of one metre between them. Restaurants, bars, gyms, swimming pools and beaches will re-open but must observe limits on number of people, following distancing requirements, and rules on opening hours. Public and private transport services within the Province will resume but there will limits on the numbers of passengers to observe distancing. Only passengers will be allowed into bus or train terminals. Car rental is not allowed.

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    26.06.2020
  • Cuba On June 5, the Cuban Government extended the closure of the airport until at least August 1 (OASC, 08.06.2020)

    Flights to Cuba are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.
    Effective 1 July 2020:
    Flights to Cayo Coco (CCC), Cayo Largo del Sur (CYO) or Santa Clara (SNU) restart.

    International restrictions:

    All borders will be closed until further notice. Only Cuban citizens and permanent residents will be permitted entrance and must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Inbound and outbound commercial flights have been suspended.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. All public transportation has been suspended until further notice. Nightly curfews remain in effect in Santiago de Cuba from 19.00 and in Consolacion del Sur from 20.00.

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    24.06.2020
  • Cuba On June 5, the Cuban Government extended the closure of the airport until at least August 1 (OASC, 08.06.2020)
    Cuba has suspended all flights into the country, except for humanitarian aid flights.

    International restrictions:

    All borders will be closed until further notice. Only Cuban citizens and permanent residents will be permitted entrance and must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Inbound and outbound commercial flights have been suspended.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. All public transportation has been suspended until further notice. Nightly curfews remain in effect in Santiago de Cuba from 19.00 and in Consolacion del Sur from 20.00.

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    09.06.2020
  • Cuba Government plans to reopen airports on 7 July (Miami Herald, 16.05.2020)
    Cuba has suspended all flights into the country, except for humanitarian aid flights.

    International restrictions:

    All borders will be closed until further notice. Only Cuban citizens and permanent residents will be permitted entrance and must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Inbound and outbound commercial flights have been suspended.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. All public transportation has been suspended until further notice. Nightly curfews remain in effect in Santiago de Cuba from 19.00 and in Consolacion del Sur from 20.00.

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    01.06.2020
  • Cuba Government plans to reopen airports on 7 July (Miami Herald, 16.05.2020) Cuba has suspended all flights into the country, except for humanitarian aid flights.

    International restrictions:

    All borders will be closed until further notice. Only Cuban citizens and permanent residents will be permitted entrance and must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Inbound and outbound commercial flights have been suspended.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. All public transportation has been suspended until further notice. Nightly curfews remain in effect in Santiago de Cuba from 19.00 and in Consolacion del Sur from 20.00.

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    25.05.2020
  • Cuba Government plans to reopen airports on 7 July (Miami Herald, 16.05.2020) Cuba suspended all commercial flights until 31 May. Passengers are not allowed to enter Cuba. – This does not apply to nationals of Cuba resident in Cuba, who will be subject to 14-day quarantine. – This does not apply to passengers with permanent or temporal residence in Cuba, who will be subject to 14-day quarantine. Effective 02 April 2020: Flights to Cuba are suspended. – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. For example, Camilo Cienfuegos (Pinar del Rio province) and the El Carmelo section of the capital Havana have been placed on lockdown, with entry and exit from the areas prohibited until further notice. All public transportation has been suspended until further notice.. Nightly curfews remain in effect in Santiago de Cuba from 19.00 and in Consolacion del Sur from 20.00.

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    18.05.2020
  • Cuba All borders closed until further notice. Inbound and outbound commercial flights have been suspended.

    Passengers are not allowed to enter Cuba.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Cuba resident in Cuba, who will be subject to 14-day quarantine.
    – This does not apply to passengers with permanent or temporal residence in Cuba, who will be subject to 14-day quarantine.
    Effective 02 April 2020:
    Flights to Cuba are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. For example, Camilo Cienfuegos (Pinar del Rio province) and the El Carmelo section of the capital Havana have been placed on lockdown, with entry and exit from the areas prohibited until further notice.
    All public transportation has been suspended until further notice.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://cu.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba]
    [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Browse/Report?subContentTypes=Alerts%2CTravel%20Advisories]
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