Cuba is open to tourism, but all travelers must bring a negative result from the PCR COVID-19 test, obtained within 72 years of departure, and quarantine on arrival at a government approved accommodation until they can produce 2 more negative results.
The Cuban government and international organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) are very optimistic about Sovereign 2, the COVID-19 vaccine produced domestically in Cuba.
According to Richard Feinberg, a Cuba expert at the University of California at San Diego. “It will not only be an immediate recipe, but a boost to the reputation of the Cuban pharmaceutical biotechnology sector, which will allow them to market other medical products.”
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April 20 – Cuba may have its own vaccine against COVID-19 in the summer of 2021
Sovereign 2 and Abdala vaccines it should be ready for massive distribution starting this summer, according to local authorities.
Both vaccines are in Phase 3 of the clinical trials, but the government decided to immunize 150,000 hospital employees before the clinical trials ended.
The Russian vaccine Sputnik V was also administered to the same groups of people prior to the completion of clinical trials. Cuba has a long tradition of quality biomedical research and successful development of domestic vaccines.
Although most countries around the world have already started their vaccination process, Cuba appears to be the only Latin American country that is not desperate to do so.
The island reopened for tourism in late 2020 and is currently experiencing a large increase in cases of COVID-19. Since the island is the only Latin country capable of creating, producing and administering its own vaccine, the government will wait until it obtains the results of clinical trials of Sovereign 02, the most promising vaccine against COVID-19 that is expected to start the 3rd phase of clinical trials next week in La Habana, Abdala, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo.
So for now, visitors will need to follow strict biosafety regulations to keep themselves and others safe from the virus.
Cuba is on track to be the first Latin American country to produce its own COVID-19 vaccine (Sovereign 2) The country plans to produce 100 million doses in 2021 and immunize its entire population by the end of the year.
Vicente Vérez, one of the scientists who lead the team that develops the vaccine, also said that the Cuban government is open to offering its vaccine to all tourists who visit the island.
- As of January 15, all visitors will need a PCR test taken 72 hours prior to arrival in Cuba and will also be tested on arrival. An additional test 5 days later can be performed for those who are not staying in the hotel type of accommodation.
- Cuba is limiting international flights due to the increase in COVID cases
Is Cuba open to Americans?
Cuba is currently allowing American citizens under the same restrictions as the rest of the visitors. As of November 15, 2020, all airports in Cuba are open to commercial flights, but it is recommended that Americans check with their airlines because, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the government has restricted some of the airports to American tourists land on some of them.
All commercial flights resumed their operations to the island.
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What places are open to tourism in Cuba?
Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the government had to apply new restrictions as follows,
- Public transport will operate between 5 am and 9 pm.
- Theaters, cinemas, bars and recreational centers will be closed to tourists.
- Restaurants will be able to provide services until 7 pm.
- Sightseeing tours will be suspended until further notice.
- National curfew from 9 pm to 5 am
Is quarantine necessary in Cuba?
As of February 6, visitors will need to be quarantined at a government-approved hotel until they can produce 2 negative tests.
Situation of COVID-19 in Cuba
Cuba is facing a sudden increase in COVID cases. So far, the country has reported 96,760 cases and 547 deaths.
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