Cuba Will Reopen And Remove Travel Restrictions In November
Cuba is preparing to remove travel restrictions and open its border in November. The announcement aligns with the peak travel season in Cuba, which is November through March. Cuba will reopen all airports and resume commercial flights, according to the government.
Along with reopening to commercial flights, Cuba will remove travel restrictions for vaccinated visitors. Those with proof of vaccination will not need to present negative PCR tests. Those without proof of vaccination will still need to bring a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of traveling to the country. Additionally, vaccinated visitors will not be subject to quarantine.
Cuba’s plan to reopen and ease restrictions comes as the government estimates that nearly all of its adult population will be vaccinated by mid-November. A statement from the ministry of tourism estimates 90% or higher vaccination rate by mid-November, thus projecting a reopening of November 15, 2021.
Cuba’s new plan will remove testing obligations and quarantine for vaccinated visitors. Instead, the government will move to randomized testing at the airport and monitoring of symptomatic passengers. If a passenger tests positive on arrival, they will be transferred to a “hotel-hospital”. This is a tourist facility that can provide both isolation and medical care to visitors.
Currently, all arriving passengers must quarantine for 5 days at these facilities. They can end the quarantine with a negative PCR test result. This restriction will end for those with proof of vaccination.
After November 15, along with Cuba’s plan to remove travel restrictions and reopen airports, tourist activities also will resume. This includes tours and excursions.
Remember that Americans only can travel to Cuba under certain authorized activities, which we covered here in detail. To return to the US, citizens will still need a negative Covid test before travel. The US Embassy in Cuba says tests are readily available and deliver results on time for returning home.