Latest Cuba News & Travel Alerts

We constantly monitor the latest world events in order to take responsible informed decisions on our local operations in Cuba.

COVID-19

Before traveling to Cuba, it is important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.

The World Health Organisation website (WHO) contains excellent background information related to travel health issues specific to Cuba. Nevertheless this is no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional.

Our recommendations:

Travel Advisories on Cuba

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up-to-date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news as well as background information on every country including Cuba with health and safety guidelines,

Other Travel Health Alerts for Cuba

Coronavirus Update - Feb 24, 2021

Tourists arriving in Cuba will need to quarantine for 5 nights in a designated hotel at their own expense. Prices depend on which hotel you choose and include room, 3 daily meals, transportation from the airport, and monitoring by an onsite health team. You will be given a PCR test on day 5 in addition to the one taken in the airport. View the hotel quarantine packages here. They can be purchased in advance or at the airport. Note: US travelers may only stay at Quinta Avenida due to current US law.

Coronavirus Update - Feb 9, 2021

As of February 6, travelers arriving in Cuba are required to await the results of their PCR test in designated hotels (foreigners) or isolation centers (residents). Travelers will be taken directly from the airport to the designated facility; transportation and hotel stay will be at traveler's expense.
Read more information in Spanish here from MINTUR (The Ministry of Tourism).

Coronavirus Update - Jan 14, 2021

Due to the recent rise in COVID19 cases in various provinces around the island, Cuba has made the decision to shut down services in and around Havana. 

  • Wearing of face masks is mandatory.
  • All ground transport both urban and interstate have been suspended. 
  • All domestic flights have been suspended.
  • All bars, restaurants, clubs, night spots are closed. 
  • All public areas, large venues such as museums etc, are closed.
  • All recreational activities and public areas are closed as are beaches & pools.
  • Jose Marti Havana international airport remains open for international flights with a reduction in flights and passengers allowed to enter from the USA, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico.

Coronavirus Update - Dec 25, 2020

The Ministry of Health (MINSAP) has just announced that all foreign visitors to Cuba arriving from 10 Jan 2021 are required to take a PCR test before arrival into Cuba. This test must be taken within 72 hours before arrival. Proof from an official registered laboratory in your country of origin must be presented on arrival at the airport to be permitted entryinto Cuba.
Read more information in Spanish here from MINTUR (The Ministry of Tourism).

Coronavirus Update - May 15, 2020

We have suspended all tours that were scheduled to start in March, April, May, and June 2020 and most of the tours for July through October. The Cuban government plans to open the borders on July 1st.

TOUR BOOKINGS

  • $5 deposit deal - pay only $5 per person as a deposit for a new booking on any tour in 2020 or 2021 (non-refundable).   
  • If you were booked on a tour that has been suspended due to the pandemic, you will receive full credit and can rebook anytime up to the end of 2021.
  • If you are booked on a tour that is due to depart on or after 20 October 2020, there are currently no changes to the status of your trip.
  • Postponing your tour is permitted up to 30 days before the tour is due to depart without penalty for tour start dates up until Dec 31, 2020. You can move the tour date to any available date before Dec 31, 2021.
  • Canceling your tour reservation should be made at least 60 days before tour start date to avoid further cancelation fees. Valid for tours departing before the end of 2021. Check further details in our booking Terms and Conditions.

Cholera

Outbreaks of Cholera do occur occasionally in Cuba. Risks to travellers are relatively low, however it is important to drink only bottled water, and to follow the tour guide's recommendations about the consumption of any street food.

Dengue Fever and Chikungunya

Can be carried by mosquitos throughout the Caribbean, Central America, & South America, and Cuba is no exception. There are no vaccines for these diseases so make sure you carry, and use insect repellant, and take other precautions.

Zika

Is another mosquito borne disease with no vaccine and no medication to treat infection. It can also be sexually trasmitted and has limited transmission in Cuba. Infection in a pregnant woman can pose significant risks to the unborn baby. Pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy should visit a health care professional at least 6 weeks before travelling to discuss the potential risks of Zika virus.

Other News & Travel Alerts for Cuba

Tourist Currency the Convertible Peso (CUC) will be eliminated - January 1, 2021

Cuba’s dual currency system is being eliminated, which may lead to price fluctuations. The CUC will be eliminated and the Cuban peso (CUP) will be fixed to the US dollar at 24:1. Read more about money in Cuba here.

 

U.S. Commercial Flights to Provinces Eliminated - October 25, 2019

Further changes were made by the Trump administration to eliminate commercial flights, but only to the provinces, e.g. Santiago de Cuba, Camaguey. Commercial flights to Havana are still available on all major airlines. Read more about flights between the US and Cuba here.

Cuba travel rules for US citizens updated again - June 5, 2019

Further changes were made by the Trump administration to travel laws regarding visits to Cuba. Cruise ship visits were banned and the category of legal travel called "People-to-People" was eliminated. Legal travel to Cuba for US citizens is still quite simple however. Read a full explanation.

New Trump administration travel rules announced - Nov 9, 2017

The much awaited changes to the OFAC regulations for legal travel to Cuba by US citizens was finally implemented today, with the new rules being immediately applicable. Here are some useful links that provide details and an analysis of the implications:

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