Cuba & the Coronavirus

As you all know, the coronavirus continues to present a rapidly changing situation all over the world. So, rather than trying to keep up, I am referring you to the Coronavirus Pandemic Country Profile for Cuba, maintained by Oxford University. This seems to have the most thorough and up-to-date information on the coronavirus world-wide.

Overall, the news seems to now be very good thanks to a very successful Cuban vaccine developed by Cuba’s own bio-tech industry and a very high rate of vaccination (80 – 89%!) Go Cuba!

Protocols Currently in Place

In addition, the following is a list of Covid-related protocols in place in Cuba as of this writing. However, things could change quite by March:

  • All international travelers (Cubans or foreigners) who arrive in the country must present a health passport or international anti-COVID-19 certificate of those vaccines certified by the corresponding regulatory agencies. (It’s a little unclear what qualifies, here. But I received a Digital Covid-19 Vaccine Record after registering with the State of California. You can also download the IATA Travel Pass App. This is a mobile app that helps travelers to store and manage their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccines which might also be sufficient to meet this requirement.)
  • All travelers who do not present a health passport or international anti-COVID-19 vaccination certification must carry a COVID-19 negative RT-PCR certification, carried out no more than 72 hours before traveling, in a certified laboratory, in the country of origin.
  • When boarding the flight at origin, airlines will require their passengers to provide evidence of a vaccination scheme, or a negative RT-PCR test applied within 72 hours beforehand.
  • The presentation of the Declaration of Health of the Traveler (Affidavit of Health) will be requested
  • The International Sanitary Control staff will randomly take a sample for RT-PCR at the airport.
  • The mandatory use of face mask is maintained within the air and port terminals, as well as throughout the country.
  • Epidemiological surveillance of international sanitary control will be maintained at all points of entry: ports, airports, marinas.
  • All international travelers who arrive in the country through any point of entry and show signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or another communicable disease, will be referred to a health institution for this purpose and a PCR-RT test will be performed
  • Epidemiological surveillance of tourists will be maintained in the hotel facilities during their stay in the country, for this, medical assistance is strengthened with the location of basic health equipment.
  • The owners of the rental houses or people who host non-resident travelers in the country are responsible for immediately informing the corresponding health authorities of the appearance of any symptoms that they present.

Of course these protocols will probably change as the situation changes. You you are encouraged to check with your airline periodically for any updates.

For More Information

Please visit the CDC website for more general information and recommendations for International Travel during Covid-19.

You ca also visit the State Department’s website, but please read beyond the headline.



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