New Covid measures for Cuban nationals returning from abroad

Starting June 5, Cuban residents returning from traveling abroad will be faced with recently adopted new measures imposed because of Covid-19.

Cuban nationals arriving at airports associated with tourism (Varadero, Ciego de Ávila) will be isolated for seven days in the hotels in those towns and all expenses (accommodation, food, transportation, etc.) will be assumed by them in freely convertible currency (MLC).

The information was provided by Dr. Francisco Durán García, National Director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health, during his daily television report on the evolution of Covid-19 in Cuba.

The measure, according to Dr. Durán, responds to the “epidemiological risk represented by Cuban travelers and their reported cases, and based on sick people in the community after their period of isolation and established surveillance.”

In recent weeks, Cubans from Russia have represented a considerable percent of imported cases, far exceeding those from other countries. Cubans do not need a visa to travel to that country where they can stay for up to 90 days. Many of these travelers do so for the purpose of purchasing goods for personal use or for resale in Cuba.

Travelers arriving at the airports in Havana and Santiago de Cuba must pay for the cost of transportation to the isolation centers in Cuban pesos — where their stay will be free. They must also assume costs for their transfer home after their time in isolation.