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Cuba eases Coronavirus restrictions for tourists in November

Colorful street in Old Havana with the Presidential Palace
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Starting November 15, Cuba is easing restrictions on entry and movement within the country. All commercial flights are resumed. Tourists with a complete vaccination certificate will not have to undergo PCR testing. Those who have not been vaccinated will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test done no earlier than 72 hours before travel.

Now, all foreign tourists arriving in Cuba must not only have a PCR test result but must also undergo a five-day quarantine with a retest at the end of that quarantine. After the easing of sanitary regulations in November, diagnostic tests at airports will be conducted randomly. If the result is positive, the traveler will be sent to a special hotel to undergo quarantine.

The decision to open borders and loosen restrictions was made because of progress in the vaccination process. The country's government predicts that more than 90% of the population will be fully immunized against the Coronavirus by mid-November.

Cuban authorities have not yet officially announced which COVID-19 vaccines will be recognized. The country has developed its drug, Abdala, which has been shown to be 92% effective and is now being used to vaccinate the island's population.