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.

Latest News About Cuba – As of Oct 20, 2021 Collapse All

As the vaccinated population rises, and the number of Covid cases and deaths begin to fall, Cuba is loosening many of its restrictions:

  • Starting November 7, the quarantine requirement will be eliminated
  • Vaccinated travelers able to show their certificate will not be required to take a PCR prior to arrival. All international vaccines will be recognized.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers must show negative results of a PCR taken no more than 72 hours in advance.
  • Children under 12 years old will not be required to show vaccination certificate or have a negative PCR test.
  • PCR tests will be performed only on travelers displaying symptoms and there will also be random PCR testing at the airport. Travelers showing symptoms will be taken to a health institution and tested.
  • Masks will be required in the airport and throughout the country, as will social distancing, temperature checks and other hygienic measures.
  • Owners of casa particulares will be required to report symptoms to health authorities.
  • To board a plane in Cuba, travelers must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR taken less than 72 hours in advance.
  • Restaurants, nightclubs, museums, cultural venues, beaches, pools, and other recreation locations have all opened at limited capacity and curfews have been removed.
  • Ground transportation will resume but domestic flights do not yet have a plan to resume service.

The government has prohibited the use of US dollars in Cuba, all other currencies are permitted for exchange to the Cuban Peso (CUP or MN) such as Canadian dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Mexican Pesos, etc.

Tourists can obtain MLC cards in Cadecas (exchange houses) at airports, ports, and touristic areas. MLC (Money Libremente Convertible) means foreign currency. EUR and GBP are the most popular currencies to convert. These prepaid cards can be used to pay for goods and services throughout Cuba and remaining funds can be returned to the travelers when they leave the country. The cards expire two years from when they were issued.

Expect food and drink prices to be somewhat increased (30-50%) from what they were prior to the pandemic and unification of the dual currency system.

Latest News About Cuba – As of Sept 13, 2021 Collapse All

The government of Cuba has announced that the reopening of borders internationally and domestically will begin on November 15, 2021 based on the presumption that they will have fully vaccinated 90% of the population by then.

  • PCR testing on arrival will be random instead of required, and based on the presence of symptoms
  • Vaccinated travelers able to show their certificate will not be required to take a PCR prior to arrival. Non-vaccinated travelers must show negative results of a PCR taken no more than 72 hours in advance. PCR tests will be performed only on travelers displaying symptoms and there may also be random PCR testing at the airport.
  • Temperature checks will still be required
  • Quarantine requirements will be lifted
  • Luggage restrictions will be lifted in all ports of arrival, check with your airline about luggage requirements
  • Restrictions limiting interprovincial travel will resume as well

Until the reopening in November 15, 2021 current protocol is in effect:

  • Travelers must show proof of negative PCR taken up to 72 hours in advance
  • Temperature check, health form, and PCR test required upon arrival
  • Travelers are immediately taken to designated hotels for quarantine of 5 nights in Havana or 7 nights in Varadero and Cayo Coco where they will receive a second PCR test before they can leave the facility (due to U.S. regulations, U.S. travelers may only stay in the Quinta Avenida hotel)
  • Travelers arriving in Varadero and Cayo Coco are limited to 1 suitcase per traveler
  • Travelers testing positive for Covid will be transported to a hospital for monitoring and medical attention if required.

If your country of origin requires a PCR test before returning, the cost is 30USD and you can get the test at Clinical International Siboney in Havana or Cuban Medical Services (SMC) in other provinces or if you are staying at a hotel you can request it from hotel medical staff. Payment must be

We have suspended all 2021 group tours until further notice, day tours and other services may still be available

TOUR BOOKINGS

  • $5 deposit deal - pay only $5 per person as a deposit for a new booking on any tour in 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 2022.
  • If you are booked on a tour that is due to depart on or after January 1, 2021, 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 until further notice. 
  • 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

As of June 21, 2021 Cuban financial and banking institutions stopped accepting U.S. dollars until further notice. This means that travelers should plan to bring other currencies, such as GBP, EUR, CAD to exchange for CUP. In 2020 Cuba took measures to reunite its dual currencies, eliminating the CUC and keeping the CUP whose value was set at 24CUP:1USD. The actual value of the CUP is much lower (currently around 60CUP:1USD) due to current inflation but the currency situation could change drastically once tourism resumes and there is an influx of foreign capital. You can read more about money in Cuba here .

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

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 Health Concerns in Cuba Collapse All

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.

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.

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 Collapse All

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.

 

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.

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.

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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