Cuba will be open to tourism and will carry out real-time PCR and temperature tests on foreign visitors entering the country. The objective is to diagnose if they are positive cases.
The Cuban government is already planning the recovery of the country in stages or phases.
Today, confirmed cases are still rare, and the recovery of the country is already in sight, starting with tourism, a valuable source of income for the island, and many families.
Organized, staggered, and comprised of three phases; the lives of Cubans will begin to revive. In the first phase, it has been recommended a gradual and asymmetric way to encourage national tourism.
Depending on demand, international tourism will begin in Cuba in the second phase. This economic activity, which is of great importance for the island, is expected to start initially in the northern and southern keys of the country.
As part of the measures to this end, each hotel will have specialists who will put clinical and epidemiological surveillance into practice.
Hotel capacity will be restricted up o 30%, and the staff will work in periods of seven days. Gastronomic and recreational services will also be limited, and access to the beaches will be under control measures.
Public urban transport will be restored in this first phase, as well as inter-municipal and rural transport, both private and state.
The hotels in the Cayo Santa María, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Cruz and Cayo Largo del Sur cays will not be sold to national tourism in this first stage.
What will happen to Varadero?
Varadero is one of the favorite destinations by foreign and national tourists, and TripAdvisor names it as the second most visited beach worldwide.
Due to Varadero’s geographical characteristics, the Cuban government has decided to divide the peninsula into two parts: one for international tourism and the other for locals. Since Varadero has more than 20 km of beach, it is expected that both sectors will be able to enjoy the crystal clear waters and, at the same time, reduce the probability of contagion.
It will not be until the third phase that the commercialization of other tourist destinations on the island will begin.
Havana will be the last to join the calendar of the normalization since, for weeks, it has been where more positive cases have been registered.
In this de-escalation to avoid regrowth, hygiene measures, and the use of masks in public places will be mandatory, limiting the people’s capacity.
This first stage in three phases will begin with its Plan of Measures. However, the official date for reopening the Cuban border, which has been closed since March, is still unknown. However, some predict that this will not happen until August.
On the other hand, it is also unknown when the first phase of the early stage will begin.