Holidays: Quarantine-free Cuba reopens whole island in boost for Britons eyeing winter sun

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International tourists can now visit Cuba most of Cuba thanks to the country’s three-phase reopening plan which began in June. However, Havana, its international airport and two of the country’s central provinces are still out of bounds to travellers. Cuba officials reopened its borders and airports to tourism on July 1 which began with just a few tourist cities.

The country has since been slowly adding more destinations.

The island’s main beach resort of Varadero opened to visitors last week.

While Cuba may not seem like an obvious choice for some winter sun, the country is not on the UK’s quarantine list.

This means Britons can visit there without having to self isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK.

Cuba is also exempt from Foreign, Commonwealth and Departmental Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel.

However, there are rules in place for Britons looking to visit.

Foreign tourists can enter Cuba on international charter flights arriving directly into Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport); or Cayo Largo del Sur, and (from October 15) Varadero only, according to the FCDO website.

Visitors should be aware that there are luggage limits in place.

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Tourists can only take one case of up to 32kg per passenger plus hand luggage.

The FCDO also added: “All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos and Varadero will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test.

“Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated.

“Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Otherwise, there is no quarantine requirement for all arrivals on these flights.”

The PCR test is free of charge with the results delivered in 48 hours.

If you’re entering Cuba as a tourist, you’ll also need to get a tourist card before you travel.

Before flying, tourists must also have Covid travel insurance which can be purchased on arrival in Cuba for £25.

Cuba has only recorded just over 6,300 cases of coronavirus and 127 deaths.

This is a fraction of the cases recorded in the UK and other major parts of Europe.

Cuba has implemented Turismo + Higienico y Seguro which is a program meaning “more hygienic and safe” to make sure tourists remain safe on their holidays.

All hotels and tourist facilities in the area must apply and be approved for the certificate.

Workers in the tourism sector will also be monitored and isolated if they start to show symptoms of COVID-19.

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