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Travel To Cuba 2023 | Cuba Is Completely Open For Tourists (And Legal)!

In December 2021, after more than one and a half years, Cuba again opened up its society. In May 2022, the mandatory face mask order was the last to go. 

Travel to Cuba now is in the clear and legal for everyone – even US Citizens!

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Requirements To Visit Cuba Covid 19

Jose Marti International Airport in Havana
Jose Marti International Airport in Havana

The last coronavirus measure in Cuba was lifted in May 2022, when the Cuban government also removed the mandatory face mask order, so there are no COVID-19 measures in place in Cuba as we head into 2023.

By May 2022, the vast majority of the Cuban population is vaccinated with three shots, and the COVID-19 case numbers have been decreasing for a long time.

These are things you do NOT need to enter Cuba in 2023:

  • PCR test
  • Corona certificate
  • Quarantine

Although there is no mandatory PRC requirement, healthcare workers will be present at the airport and can conduct random PCR tests as well as test individuals showing symptoms. 

You still need to fill out a personal health declaration form at the airport. In this declaration, you will need to put down the address of where you are staying.

Also read: 10 Reasons To Spend Your Honeymoon In Cuba 2023!

Do You Need Travel Insurance For Cuba?

Travel to Cuba 2023 is absolutely possible! Cuba is open, and a legal destination for travelers from all over the world!

Yes, you do need travel insurance to enter Cuba, and as of May 2022, it also needs to cover Covid 19.

If immigration asks you to display your travel insurance confirmation in the passport control in Cuba (where they only do random checks, not always).

If they do, and you do not have travel insurance, you will need to buy one at the airport before you can enter the country.

Should you get sick and test positive for Covid 19 while in Cuba, you will be required to self-isolate.

Hotels and resorts will still have a presence of healthcare workers who may assist you if you should show symptoms of any illness, including Covid 19. 

I had COVID-19 in Cuba in July 2021 and was subsequently sent into isolation at a hotel-turned-hospital for foreigners.

As I had travel insurance covering everything, I had no expenses connected to this. Send me an e-mail or leave a comment if you have any questions about that.

Also read: How To Easily Travel to Cuba from the US 2023

The sunrise over Vinales Valley in Cuba
The sunrise over Vinales Valley in Cuba

Also read: How To Get A Tourist Card For Cuba 2022!

Can I travel To Cuba Now?

In November 2021, Cuba re-opened its most popular tourist destination, facilitating safe and secure holidays in Cuba 2022.

This includes hotels, resorts, and services as the pandemic eases and vaccine coverage in the country is high.

These destinations include larger resorts in popular tourist places like Varadero and the Cuban Keys off the main island.

Also read: Internet In Cuba | Is There Wifi In Cuba 2022?

Beach in Cayo Coco

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The Cuban tourist industry has expanded its capacity and upgraded facilities during the pandemic and is able to facilitate more visitors than before.

You can also still book accommodation through Airbnb and Hostelworld in private homes, including a room in a Casa, or a whole place to yourself.

Connection to the Internet has increased a lot in the last few years, and according to the Ministry of Tourism, it will become even more available in Cuba.

Not only in five-star hotels but in lower-category hotels and facilities.

This will definitely make it easier for tourists to use common apps and online services than before, which has been a challenge with the current system.

Borders between provinces that have been closed for travel during the pandemic will also reopen, so tourists will be able to move around the country to visit different destinations from November 2021.

Read my travel tips for more general information and tried-and-tested advice for your Cuba holiday!

Also read: The beautiful & fun destinations of Cuba

Central Havana green car

Sources: Oncubanews and UK Government foreign travel advice.

Also read: Sensational 7 Days In Cuba Itinerary 2022!

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  1. Hi can you stay at your resort you booked if you happen to test for covid? also can you go to the beach if you stay away from others? is the food and hotel covered if you went all inclusive? could you tell me what are the costs not covered or how much your insurance had to pay? also how random are the tests and will they test you for sure if your unvaccinated? thanks

    1. Hi Carmen,

      there are no mandatory checks for Covid anymore, but if you have tested positive for Covid I would recommend postponing your trip for your own and other travelers’ health. If you get sick while traveling, you would be advised to inform the hotel and avoid contact with other guests and staff. I do not know the specific regulations if you get sick at a hotel right now. I got covid here in 2021, and at that time I was sent to an isolation clinic for a week until I tested negative, and was “released”. The cost of that was covered by my travel insurance with health insurance included, which is mandatory for traveling to Cuba, but they do not have these “covid centers” anymore. You can check if you have travel insurance with health insurance included with your credit card or work insurance for example, if not, you will need to buy one for your journey specifically. In an all-inclusive hotel, you will have all meals and drinks included for the duration of your stay, but most places have extra services like spas, or shops, on-site. Sometimes some tours are offered free of charge in hotels, but most tours outside the resort is for an extra charge. Happy Travel Planning!

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