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Coronavirus Latest News

Dear Caribbean Tours Partners

Cuba and Dominican Republic are open to the world with hygienic measures in place that guarantee the safety of customers. Nevertheless, there still are huge challenges before the travel restrictions are more relaxed and both countries will again be able to reveal all the special qualities that they have to offer the world.

Our hope now lies in the effectiveness of the vaccinations and the withdrawal of the protective measures so that guests can be received in both countries again. At Caribbean Tours we are well prepared for this moment with great offers for our round trips and many new ideas for groups and MICE events.;

We have to be patient for a while, but we are already looking forward to the new season from November 1st onwards. As usual, our sales team is available for detailed information and offers at sales@caribbeantours.ch.

¡Bienvenidos al Caribe! 

Andreas Blass

More Information

Please visit following pages for more useful information about the COVID-19 in Cuba and Dominican Republic.

Cuban Ministry of Health

Dominican Ministry of Health

Current situation reports WHO

WHO advice for the public

Cuba

Cuba has now approved two of its own Covid-19 vaccines. The vaccination campaign is almost complete in Havana and Santiago de Cuba, and is progressing rapidly throughout the rest of the country. Official sources say that the population will be vaccinated by mid-September. This positive development is of crucial importance for tourism, regardless of the current situation in the country.

As of the next main travel season, from November onwards, Cuba will be one of the countries with the highest Covid-19 vaccination rate. We therefore expect the travel restrictions to be relaxed by then and that the country will again be able to reveal all the special qualities that it has to offer the world.

We have summarized answers to some essential travel questions, please see them below.

Healthcare Fee & Travel Insurance

It is normally included on the flight ticket.

Cuba requires all travelers to have health insurance that covers them in case they are covid-19 positive.

Upon Arrival in Cuba

Until now, it is not necessary to present a previous PCR test for COVID 19. Nevertheless, starting on January 10, 2021, all international travelers must present a certificate with a negative result of an RT-PCR for SARS Cov-2. This certificate must be issued by a certified laboratory in the country of origin and carried out in a period of 72 hours before the arrival in Cuba. This measure is without prejudice to the hygienic and sanitary measures already implemented in the country’s borders.

It is mandatory to carry out a PCR test upon arrival in Cuba. It is free of charge for all passengers.

All travellers are required to have a health declaration, a form that the airline must give to the passenger once on board the plane and shortly before landing in Cuba.

Waiting Time for PCR Test

The traveler can move freely in all common areas of the accommodation (pool, bar, beach, etc.) within the first 24 hours of arrival while waiting for the negative result. After 24 hours with a negative result the traveler can freely explore and enjoy the city and travel to other provinces. That is the main reason Caribbean Tours recommends its clients to have the first night at a Cuban beach. Doing so, you wont see those 24 hours as a waist of time.

In Case of Positive PCR

If positive to “Covid-19” the traveler with symptoms will be transferred directly to a specialized hospital. In the case of being asymptomatic, then he will be sent to an isolation center which are usually hotels that were adapted for this new function.

These travelers must remain isolated in their accommodation, waiting for the second negative PCR result in order to continue their trip as planned.

All tourists must enter the country with a medical insurance that must cover these expenses. Our agency will always be supporting the client so that he can continue his vacation in the best way.

Travelling on a Round Trip

Yes, Cuba has made a great effort to reopen its tourist attractions and services and to certify the new hygiene protocols. In the private sector, cafes, restaurants, cocktail bars, galleries and stores, etc., are gradually opening. Only discotheques and dance events are not available or very limited at this time. Cabaret shows such as Tropicana, El Parisien or the Havana Queens are also not currently taking place.

All sites have implemented hygienic sanitary protocols to guarantee the safety of travellers. These protocols are certified and endorsed by health and tourism authorities, they were conceived taking into account the recommendations of international organizations.

PCR Test on Departure

You should contact and coordinate with the medical responsible of the hotel or with the public center in the area of your private accommodation. The Cuban state is trying to provide the results of these tests within 24 hours, but it may take up to 48 hours. We recommend that you consider this time and plan for a minimum of 2 nights before your departure from the country.

Cancellation and Reservation Conditions

In our agency, Caribbean Tours, we apply the rules according to the exceptional situation. In the case of group tours we accept new reservations up to 5 days before the program starts and we offer more flexible cancellation policies where cancellations can be made free of charge up to 5 days before the start of the tour. In all other cases, our reservation and cancellation policies remain the same.

Dominican Republic

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