Cuba (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantined for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Banned
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 20.07.2021
1. Flights from Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian flights.
2. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Poland;
– This does not apply to passengers arriving on Air Canada (AC), Air Transat (TS), Sunwing Airlines (WG) or West Jet (WS).
3. Passengers arriving from Poland must have a printed negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 5 days before arrival.
4. Passengers are subject a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival; and
– subject to medical screening; and
– subject to quarantine.
5. A completed “Declaracion de Sanidad del Viajero” must be presented upon arrival.
6. Passengers must pay a health tax of USD 30.- or equivalent.
7. Nationals of Cuba residing in Cuba are allowed to enter with an expired passport that was issued after 1 January 2014.
8. Normal passports issued after 1 January 2014 to nationals of Cuba residing in Cuba that have not been revalidated with a “Prorroga” sticker are accepted for entry.
9. Passengers traveling to Cayo Coco (CCC) or Varadero (VRA) must have a reservation for a tourist arrangement.
– This does not apply to nationals of Cuba.
10. Nationals of Cuba traveling to Cayo Coco (CCC) or Varadero (VRA) must have a reservation for a tourist arrangement that includes a period of self-isolation for 14 nights.


Detailed Tourist Information

Travel to Cuba for tourist activities remains prohibited by statute. However, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel.

The 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are: family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials; and certain authorized export transactions.


Lockdown Details

Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory or you risk being fined, as is social distancing of a minimum of 1.5 metres.

Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops.

From 13 January, shops in Havana will only be allowed to open between 9am and 5pm on Monday to Saturday and between 9am and 1pm on Sunday. Shops can only open to sell essential food and hygiene products.

Cafés, bars and restaurants (except in Havana from 13 January) are allowed to open but must limit the opening hours, the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres. Outlets in Havana can only service food for take-away Drinking alcohol in public or hosting or attending a party in Havana is not allowed.

In addition:

Public parks can open, but currently only between 5am and 7pm in Havana
Social clubs, gyms, museums, gardens, theatres etc can open (except in Havana) to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing
Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times. From 10 January 2021, public pools in Havana are closed
Beaches in Havana are closed. Beaches outside Havana are open, but limited numbers of people may be allowed, and there may be personnel at the beaches to manage access
Exercising on public roads in Havana is currently not allowed, nor is use of gyms or sports grounds
Religious gatherings in Havana are not allowed. Elsewhere, churches can open for services, following government sanitary and distancing advice
Travel agencies may be closed and tourist excursions suspended. Check with your tour operator
Anyone who does not follow local rules can be fined or even prosecuted.

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