Cuba travel has always been complicated. But for those of you wondering “Can I travel to Cuba right now,” we do have some good news. It is possible, if a bit tricky, to go to Cuba.
Basically, the pandemic has added more rules to a destination that already had quite a few. But it’s totally possible — and oh so rewarding — to go to Cuba right now, as long as you know what to do.
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Yes! Though it’s difficult, it’s far from impossible to travel to Cuba right now. As always, Americans must follow some rules to go to Cuba legally.
But Cuba is open for travel during the pandemic — and about to open even more — so it is possible to go there as long as you keep a couple of things in mind.
No, Cuba does not have a vaccine requirement for entry at the moment.
Yes and yes. All travelers must present a PCR test no more than 72 hours old upon arriving in Cuba
At the airport, travelers must also take another PCR test. Then, they must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for five days. On the fifth day, they must take another PCR test.
Assuming all these tests are negative, travelers can then end quarantine and enjoy what the island has to offer.
(If all this is feeling too complicated, then we recommend reaching out to one of our Cuba trip planners. They can walk you through what Americans need to travel to Cuba and help you out with the newest pandemic requirements.)
Travel to Cuba definitely comes with some hoops to jump through these days. But it can be a rewarding pandemic destination — as long as you know what to expect.
Generally, Cuba is safe for travel with little know-how. Obviously, the pandemic has changed the calculus a little when it comes to safety.
At the beginning of the pandemic, COVID-19 cases in Cuba were fairly low. In fact, they were so low that Cuba actually sent doctors abroad to help out other countries.
But in Summer 2021, the Delta variant hit Cuba — hard. Cases skyrocketed and high rates of hospitalizations and deaths strained the country’s health infrastructure.
Today, however, cases are rapidly falling. Cubans are getting vaccinated in high numbers, and the government hopes to have a 90 percent vaccination rate by the time Cuba “officially” reopens for travel in November 2021.
That said, the CDC does give Cuba a Level 4 rating. This is their highest categorization and means that COVID-19 cases in Cuba are “very high.” They recommend that Americans — and especially unvaccinated Americans — avoid travel to Cuba at this time.
Also, keep in mind that Cuban officials have also been known to crack down on people who ignore COVID-19 rules like masks and social distancing (even if you’re wearing a mask, but wearing it incorrectly).
So is Cuba safe? Like anywhere, travel to Cuba comes with elevated risks because of the coronavirus pandemic. But if you’re vaccinated, know what to expect, and understand how to travel there, then you can have a rewarding trip in Cuba.
We’ve always believed that travel — done right — can be a force for good. Destinations like Cuba have historically relied heavily on tourism to support their economy. So going to Cuba now can be a boost for Cubans across the island.
It can also be an especially rewarding experience for travelers. For starters, tourism is currently low across the island. That means that travelers can get a rare look at Cuba without the crowds.
Plus, Cuba is full of activities that can be done outdoors — and it’s generally agreed that fresh air lowers the risk of the coronavirus. If you’re worried about COVID-19, you’ll have the option to spend the day on the beach, on the water, or on the veranda of a cafe.
All that makes Cuba a good pandemic destination although, of course, traveling during the pandemic does come with risks.
At ViaHero, we’ve always believed that local knowledge can enrich a travel experience. After all, who knows a place better than the people who actually live there?
Today, that’s more true than ever. Pandemic conditions can change — quickly. And it can be tough to keep up with the ever-shifting rules around masking, social distancing, capacity guidelines, and vaccine requirements.
It isn't just about staying safe, either. In the #beforetimes, we could all find tons of "top ten" lists online that offered a rough guide of what to do in a destination. Today, those are simply out of date. Not only do they list restaurants and bars that have closed, but they don't offer information that today's travelers need — like which places have good outdoor seating?
Knowing a local in your destination means that you have access to all the latest news and tips about traveling there. Our locals in Cuba, for example, can let you know which bars have closed during the pandemic, which restaurants offer good (uncrowded) outdoor seating, and which beaches the locals are loving the most right now.
And, of course, they can offer safety tips and best practices to help keep your trip safe. Basically, they can design a trip that fits both your travel style and your risk tolerance.
Ready to have a local plan your trip to Cuba? Connect with a local today to learn more.
Where else is open for travel? Check out our articles on if Americans can travel to Mexico (and when). Next, see if Americans can go to Puerto Rico, and what the rules are for Americans going to Portugal.