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Status January 15, 2021: Due to the increased number of new infections every day (greater than 600 / day in Cuba), inter-provincial traffic is reduced to a minimum. Tourists can still take taxis from the airport to their destination. The return journey to the airport is also possible. Traveling to Havana is particularly difficult if the return flight is not from Havana. Since there is currently a curfew in Havana in the evening and many bars, hotels and event venues are closed, the trip there is only recommended to a limited extent.
In Cienfuegos, daily life is largely normal. There are only inconveniences from partially closed restaurants, bars and event venues.
Sail charter is still possible without any problems. There is no need to wait for the result of the test at the airport if you are traveling directly from the airport to the ship. If you want to disembark in Cayo Largo, you will receive the results of the tests from the airport. The temperature of each crew member is recorded electronically with laser measuring devices. Otherwise there are no impairments.
Status December 26, 2020: Tourists who rent our ships no longer have to wait for the result of the PCR test carried out on arrival in Cuba in order to set sail with the yacht. The authorities have given us permission. The result will be communicated to the port authorities and us. If the guests want to leave the ship on Cayo Largo for shore leave, the "negative" result of the PCR test must be available by then. The result of the PCR test is regularly available within the promised 24 hours and is communicated to the crew by telephone from the port authorities of Cienfuegos. For tourists staying in hotels or private accommodation, the following applies.
If the test result of a crew member is "positive", the affected crew member must be isolated in a cabin. The journey must then continue on the direct route towards Cienfuegos. If the skipper "falls ill" or there are other complications, the measures must be coordinated in detail with the authorities and our base manager. The health and maritime authorities determine what to do on a case-by-case basis. In an emergency, the entire crew can also be evacuated in Cayo Largo. Cayo Largo has a polyclinic and flies seriously ill tourists directly to Havana.
Status December 25, 2020: According to the official Cubavision news channel (December 25, 2020, 8:00 p.m.) tourists (who are not holders of a Cuban passport) entering Cuba from January 10, 2021 must have a negative PCR test from their home country prove. The test must be carried out less than 72 hours before entering Cuba. It was not reported whether the result must be written in Spanish or whether the airlines are obliged to check the test results before departure.
Status December 16, 2020: When I entered Varadero on a Condor flight on December 11, 2020, I personally experienced the following. On the plane, every passenger has to fill out a one-page form in which they state their state of health and the whereabouts of the next few days. In the arrival hall there is a waiting area where you can wait for the PCR test. Points on the ground exactly mark the distance rules. In approx. 10 to 15 cabins, a PCR test is made for each passenger. Then you go to passport control.
After the passport control, each passenger is measured for increased temperature with a non-contact temperature meter. After receiving your luggage, you can leave the airport for your destination or the marina. The trip can be carried out with the usual public taxis or the hotel bus. In the public space of Cuba as well as on public transport it is mandatory to wear a mouth and nose protection.
Our impression was that the process at the airport is very well organized.
The PCR test is evaluated in Varadero within 12 hours to a maximum of 24 hours. The result is communicated to the local health department at the tourist's whereabouts. Until the result is received, you are officially requested to have no contacts (distance rules, mask requirement in public). You can stay in the area of the marina, the harbor bar can also be visited and the necessary purchases can be made. The trip with the yacht can be prepared. Tourists who are accommodated in a hotel can fully enjoy the amenities of the hotel (restaurant, bar, beach), but are not allowed to leave the hotel (as we know it). The situation is similar for tourists who are accommodated in private accommodation - casa particulares.
We recommend having a PCR test carried out in your home country before leaving to ensure that there is no disease.
We work closely with the German Embassy in Havana and inform each other about the current situation.
Read more at Travel Information Cuba - Federal Foreign Office
The Austrian federal government does not classify Cuba as a risk area.
Read more at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
(As of: 2020-01-16)
The corona virus has also reached Cuba. The pandemic was largely stifled by restrictive contact measures. There is a lot of testing going on in Cuba. In Cuba, 17.098 people have so far tested positive for Covid 19, of whom 12.942 have recovered. 162 people died of or with Covid 19. (Source: John Hopkins Institute) After Cuba was almost corona-free, further cases in Havana and returning travelers (including doctors and nurses) have now increased the number of cases again. There are currently between 200 and 600 new cases every day. Known cases in Cuba are isolated from the rest of the population and housed in empty hotels or hospitals.
The population and especially the tourism industry are prepared to deal with the viral diseases. The public institutions supply the population with chlorine-based disinfectants and have canceled all public events. The operators of private accommodation - Casa Particulars had information events on dealing with hygiene and dealing with customers.
In Cuba, too, all people were asked to keep a distance of 1.5 to 2 m from other people and to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.
Until a few days ago, staying in public spaces was only permitted with face masks. In the provinces that are free from Covid 19, the exit and contact restrictions have been reduced. In Havana, public life is still very limited in several parts of the city. Travel beyond the provincial borders is still only possible to a limited extent. The operation of private taxis remains greatly reduced.
Many years ago, Cuba developed a preparation that reduced the symptoms of Covid 19. The drug Interferon Alpha 2B from BioCubaFarma is produced in Cuba and China and has long been used against carcinoma, hepatitis B and dengue. Interferon Alpha 2B paralyzes the virus by destroying the body's own cells.
Homeopathic medicines are currently being distributed to the elderly and people with previous illnesses. These drugs are said to boost the immune system.
Cuba is currently testing 2 vaccines. SOMBERA 01 and FINLAY-FR-1A are in phase 2 and phase 1 clinical trials, respectively. The WHO has also confirmed this. The first vaccine is expected to hit the market from the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021. Amerika 21
A new medical exchange is currently taking place between the institutes in the city of Cambridge (Harvard University, Cambridge Hospital) and the institutes in Havana. The handling and treatment of Covid 19 in Cuba is exemplary. The mortality is very low. The city of Cambridge regrets that drugs such as Biomodulin T and human recombinant interferon Alpha 2B are not available for treatment in the USA. Amerika 21
Statistics and information can also be found on Cubadebate.cu
(As of: 2021-01-16)
No special political events at the moment.
(As of: 2020-11-28)
The country is suffering from the lack of tourism due to Covid 19.
According to our latest information, the government plans to reopen the country to tourism soon. Starting with the offshore islands such as Cayo Largo, Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria. Canada's airlines will probably fly there first. There is currently no clear start date for European airlines. It all depends on when Cuba opens the country to tourism and when Cuba is removed from the list of risk areas. RKI risk areas
We work closely with the AHK - German Chamber of Commerce in Cuba. The AHK employees represent the German economy in Cuba and organize, among other things, delegation trips. You are an important link between our commercial enterprises at the German Embassy and the state of Cuba.
Website of the AHK in Cuba
(As of: 2020-11-28)