Cuba increases entry restrictions for foreign travelers

Oh, the loneliness of the apartheid tourist

From our Bureau of Sudden Reversals

Desperate for income from tourists, Castro, Inc. proclaimed Cuba “perfectly safe” for tourists in November and relaxed its entry requirements. Now, with a sudden alarming increase in infections, Castro Inc., has been forced to toughen up those entry requirements.

Bad news for apartheid-loving tourists, Cuban exile Yo-Yos and Havana’s cigar ladies.

Oh, the loneliness of the cigar ladies

From Granma East (Xinhua):

 Cuba will reduce the entry of travelers from the United States and some Latin American and Caribbean countries starting on Jan. 1, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, health officials announced on Monday.

At a press conference, Francisco Duran Garcia, National Director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba (MINSAP), listed the nations included in the restriction as the United States, Mexico, Panama, the Bahamas, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

He explained that the measure was implemented due to the fact that 71.5 percent of new COVID-19 infections detected in recent weeks correspond to visitors from these countries.

The MINSAP reported 229 new cases Monday amid a surge of positive cases since Cuba reopened its borders in October, bringing the total number to 11,434, with 143 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in the country in March.

According to the MINSAP, authorities with the Civil Aeronautics of Cuba are adjusting the necessary details with airlines and as soon as the epidemiological situation allows it, the frequency of flights will gradually be reestablished.

Furthermore, in view of the increased infections and the emergence of the most complex epidemiological scenario in Cuba, the government will require that all international travelers submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test starting on Jan. 10.

According to the requirements, the test must come from a certified laboratory in the visitor’s country of origin and be performed within 72 hours before arrival in Cuba.

Oh, the sad plight of the Yo-Yo mules

8 thoughts on “Cuba increases entry restrictions for foreign travelers”

  1. Omar, I expect it’s probably happened and can certainly happen again, but I doubt local media wants to touch that–hell, they wouldn’t even touch the story of the fake Cuban exile writer who wasn’t even Hispanic (but he was black) and made a career out of that fraud.

  2. You know the most shocking thing in that airport photo, assuming it’s of US residents visiting Cuba? The little kid being taken to that pestilent shithole and needlessly exposed to Lord knows what potential danger, especially if he winds up in Castrocare. My mother would have been livid, and I’m not far behind.

  3. And needless to say, the Castro government figures responsible for letting in the tourists that have caused so many new cases of Covid infection in Cuba are NOT accountable for the consequences, especially since regardless of whose idea it was, it had to be approved at the highest level by someone who is NEVER accountable for absolutely anything. Nice work if you can get it, as no doubt Mario Cuomo would agree.

  4. From an architectural stance, that airport is a pitiful eyesore. Taking into account what Cuba was and what it would have been by now, it is an insult – like everything the result of the robolution.

    Even Nicaragua has a nicer looking airport and one can’t go lower than Nicaragua. Well, yes, Haiti.

    “Vamos Bien” which, in the communist language, means the opposite of what is being said.

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