Due to Cuba's recently-eased entry measures, Hola Sun Holidays will be resuming its operations in Cuba on November 1, 2021, the company said on Wednesday (Oct. 6).
Flights from November to January will operate with Air Transat and flights with OWG will begin at the end of January.
“We are very happy to resume operations. We are optimistic that we will see an increase of Canadian travellers to Cuba this winter season. Sales are picking up in the last couple of weeks and we are confident that a certain recovery is getting some traction,” said Hugo Rocha, sales director of Hola Sun Holidays, in a news release.
Hola Sun Holidays will offer flights and packages to the most popular destinations in Cuba, including Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Cruz.
As well, Holguin (the destinations of Santa Lucia and Santiago will be served from Holguin Airport, with round trip transfers); Santa Clara - for hotels in Cayo Santa Maria, Cienfuegos and Trinidad; and Varadero.
Hola Sun Holidays will also offer Havana hotels with round trip transfers. There are Havana and Varadero combo packages also.
Hola Sun Holidays's electronic brochure 2020/2021 is still available for consultation on its website. The same products will be marketed in 2022.
Printed copies of the brochure can also be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
Hola Sun Holidays would like to remind travel agents that its extensive product line is already available for reservation via Sirev or by directly contacting its reservations department which is open from Monday to Friday.
Cuba eases restrictions
Cuba is easing its travel restrictions starting on Nov. 15, 2021, as it prepares for the upcoming winter season while anticipating a higher vaccinated population by that time.
The new rules will focus on the surveillance of symptomatic patients, temperature screening and diagnostic testing performed at random, said the Ministry of Tourism of Cuba on Sept. 12.
This means no COVID-19 test is required prior to entering Cuba and no PCR upon arrival at the Cuban airport (previously, all passengers had to receive one).
Incoming Canadian travellers must show that they are fully vaccinated. If they are not vaccinated, they must submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering Cuba.
The PCR test Canadians need to re-enter back in Canada is done at the hotels. It costs $30 USD (payable locally by visa or debit/visa).
Lessner Gomez, director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto, said Cuba’s reopening is owed to the country’s vaccination program, health and safety protocols and Canada’s high vaccination rate.
“The fact that Cuba is relaxing the rules and that the tourists will be allowed to travel around and enjoy our beautiful country is very exciting and very good news at the time when Canadians are looking forward to returning to normal and are planning their winter travels,” Mr. Gomez said in a statement last month.