Updated: December 1, 2021
From the 4th of December new controls will be implemented for international travelers.
Given the appearance in other countries of a new variant of the coronavirus, Cuba has decided to implement new controls for international travelers.
Travelers from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), must meet the following requirements upon entering the country:
- Present a complete vaccination certificate.
- The negative result of a PCR carried out a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel.
- A PCR test will be taken upon arrival at the airport
- Mandatory quarantine will be required for seven days in a designated quarentine hotel designed for this purpose. The traveler will pay both accomodation and travel costs.
- An additional PCR test will be taken on the six day, and if negative they will be discharged from quarantine on the seventh day.
In the case of travelers from Belgium, Israel, Hong Kong, Egypt, Turkey and the rest of the countries of Africa Sub-Saharan (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso,Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Chad,Comoros, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Ethiopia,Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic Central African, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia,Swaziland, Sudan,South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Djibouti and Zambia):
- The same measures will be applied than the previous countries with exception of quarantine and the PCR test on the sixth day.
Travelers from the USA
Travelers coming from the United States must present a complete vaccination certificate. The only exception to this measure are children 12 years of age or younger, or a person who has a certified medical condition that prevents the vaccination.
For the rest of the travelers when arriving in Cuba:
- Mandatory quarantine on arrival was eliminated.
- Vaccinated Passengers must present a vaccination certificate.
- In the same way, the Digital or Printed QR code will be recognized.
- All international vaccinations will be recognized by the health authorities.
- Passengers not vaccinated, must present a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours before arrival.
- Children from 0 to 12 years old will not be asked for PCR. From 13 to 18 years old, if they are not vaccinated, they must present a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours before arrival.
- PCR tests will be done (mandatory before Nov 15, on an aleatory basis after that date).
- Temperature control will be carried out to rule out that there are possible infected.
- If, when performing an aleatory test or PCR at the airport, they detect a positive infection: if you are a tourist, go to the hospital hotel, if you are a national traveler, go to the national hospital network.
- The luggage allowed per passenger will be subject to the conditions of the airline.
At the destination:
- Mobility restrictions between provinces will be lifted gradually as health indicators improve.
- Hotels, restaurants, bars and other extra-hotel services such as; museums, theaters, natural parks, excursions, nautical activities, diving, etc., will gradually open.
It is mandatory throughout the country.
In hotel facilities, the obligation of the mask is maintained in closed common areas: restaurants, theaters, etc.
Prepaid magnetic cards for international travelers not residing in Cuba are already being marketed at CADECA offices in Cuba airports.
The purchase of the card is in any of the accepted currencies except the USD cash.
These cards, with a value of 20, 200, 500 and 1000 USD, will be only used in Cuba for electronic purchases and will be valid for two years.
They can be used at ATMs to extract Cuban Pesos at the official exchange rate.
Travelers, before leaving the country, can request at the airport that the balance left on the card be reimbursed. If the balance is 5 or less, it will be reimbursed in Cuban Pesos. If the balance is higher, it will be reimbursed in one of the currencies available at that time in CADECA.
Starting Monday, July 19
Importation via passenger with accompanying luggage of unlimited food, hygiene products and medicines will be exceptionally and temporarily authorized without import value limit and duty free until December 31, 2021. The limits to be set by the airline.
These products must be differentiated from the rest of the personal luggage; and in the case of food products, should comply with phytosanitary measures.
For travelers arriving through Cayo Coco and Varadero, the maximum allowed is one suitcase, in accordance with the hygienic-sanitary measures in force by the covid-19.