Cuba relaxes COVID-19 restrictions on international tourism from Oct. 12, except in Havana, Ciego de Avila and Sancti Spiritus.
Alert Begins 12 Oct 2020 08:52 AM UTC
Alert Expires 12 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport, travel, and business disruptions
Cuban authorities have announced that most of the country will enter the so-called "New Normal" phase of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery from Oct. 12, except Havana, and the provinces of Ciego de Avila and Sancti Spiritus, where stricter measures will continue to be enforced. Under the new reopening phase, international commercial passenger flights will resume across 13 of the 16 territories; however, as Havana is the main international gateway to Cuba, international travel will continue to be severely disrupted. Cuban nationals and residents may resume outbound travel, and all commercial activity may resume without limits in all areas except Havana, Ciego de Avila, and Sancti Spiritus. The following requirements will remain in place in the "New Normal" areas
- All travelers must declare their health status and will be required to take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival. Travelers may await their test results at their hotels or homes, under health surveillance measures.
- Individuals are required to wear a facemask in all enclosed public spaces and must continue to adhere to sanitization and physical distancing requirements.
- Persons displaying disease symptoms are not permitted to enter work centers, education institutions, and other public places.
- Recreational and entertainment establishments, such as bars and nightclubs, will be subject to additional health protocols.
Havana, Ciego de Avila, and Sancti Spiritus
Havana will proceed under Phase 3 of the country's recovery plan. Generally, all economic and productive activities may resume under this phase, and all restaurants, catering establishments, and commercial premises may reopen. However, interprovincial and international travel to and from Havana remains suspended. Ciego de Avila and Sancti Spiritus provinces will remain in the so-called autochthonous transmission phase, which places increased restrictions on nonessential commercial activity and public transport.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks. Officials could also impose highly targeted quarantine measures in localized communities where the threat of transmission is assessed to be higher, even within provinces under the "New Normal" phase.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.