Monday,  October 18, 2021  11:20 pm

Cuba updates entry requirements for Canadian passengers

Cuba updates entry requirements for Canadian passengers
Pax Global Media

On Sept. 6, the Cuba Tourist Board posted an update regarding Cuba’s entry requirements for Canadian travellers.

According to the guidance, Canadians travelling on direct flights between Canada and Cuba do not need to complete a PCR test before travelling.

Upon arrival in Cuba, all passengers must undergo a temperature check, undergo a COVID-19 PCR test (free of charge) and complete a health declaration form (which will be distributed on board the flight) 

Canadian tourists do not need to quarantine if they are going to an all-inclusive hotel and they are allowed to use all hotel facilities.

However, during the first 24 hours, customers must remain in their reserved hotels, wear a mask and respect social distancing, until the results of the PCR test performed at the Cuban airport (processed within 24 hours) are obtained.

The PCR test Canadians need to re-enter back in Canada is done right at the hotels and it costs $30 USD (payable locally by visa or debit/visa or credit card from Canadian Banks).

In summary: a regular passenger going from Canada to Cuba in an all-inclusive package they just need their valid passport, tourist card (included) and COVID insurance (also included with the tourist packages or buy it locally at the airport in Cuba for 30:00 USD: “it covers up to 21 days stay, clients planning to stay longer can buy consecutive packages to cover their stay,” Go Cuba’s website reads.

Limited excursions

The mobility of Canadian visitors to Cuba remains limited "due to the current stage of the pandemic and for the safety of tourists and Cuban citizens,” the update reads.

Cuban authorities have limited the mobility of the clients and the range of the excursions will be restricted to the tourist areas of Varadero and Cayo Coco (Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Cruz),

“This means that tourists will enjoy the tours, marinas, shopping centres, restaurants, etc, within those tourist zones, they cannot visit the rest of the island," the advisory reads.

Baggage limitation cancelled

In addition, the baggage limitation that was in place for the passengers arriving through Cayo Coco and Varadero airports was cancelled on Sept. 7.

“The amount and specifications of the accompanying baggage will be determined by the policy stablished by each airline,” the update reads.

Visitors from other countries

The Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Cuba has also announced that from Nov. 15, hygienic sanitary protocols will be relaxed upon the arrival of travellers from other countries.

Diagnostic tests will be performed at random, no PCR test will be required on arrival and travellers' vaccination certificates will be recognized.

The ministry specifies that this gradual relaxation of health protocols is possible "given the progress made in the vaccination process in Cuba, its demonstrated effectiveness and the prospect that more than 90% of the entire population will complete the vaccination schedules in November.”

The opening of the internal tourist market will be gradually implemented in correspondence with the epidemiological indicators of each territory, officials said.

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