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 Ministry of Tourism of Cuba said in a news release on Sunday (Sept. 12).
The new rules will focus on the surveillance of symptomatic patients, temperature screening and diagnostic testing performed at random, the Ministry said.
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).
Additionally, Cuban tourism authorities have announced the opening of the local tourism market and the cancelling of quarantine for passengers staying in private rental homes (B&B).
Locals can also now stay at tourist facilities shared by international visitors.
Cuba begins vaccinating toddlers
The Ministry of Tourism of Cuba is anticipating that 92.5 per cent of Cuba's population will be vaccinated by November.
Last week, Cuba-based media outlets reported that the Cuban government had begun to vaccinate children as young as two years old against COVID-19 using its own homegrown vaccine, Soberana-02, in a bid to get kids back into classrooms.
Other countries have said that they will eventually vaccine children, but Cuba is believed to be the first country in the world to vaccinate toddlers.
Lessner Gomez, director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto, said Cuba’s latest 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.
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