Connect with us

Foreign

Cuba partially reopens borders to int’l tourists

Published

on

Cuba partially reopens borders to int’l tourists

Cuba on Wednesday partially reopened its borders to international tourists in keeping with measures adopted by the government as part of the country’s post-pandemic recovery plan.


On March 31, the Caribbean nation announced the suspension of international flights and asked international boats to withdraw from its territorial waters as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus nationwide.

Although foreign visitors are only allowed to enter resorts in the northern and southern keys of the country for the moment, excursions inside the area allocated for touristic activities will be at the disposal of foreign visitors, according to the Cuban Ministry of Tourism.

The decision came after the country’s daily increase in COVID-19 cases dropped from a peak of nearly 70 in early May to an average of fewer than 10 over the past few weeks.

Passengers are subjected to temperature checks and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests when arriving at Cuban airports. Medical teams will also conduct epidemiological monitoring at touristic centers and hotels.

Luis Armando Gonzalez, deputy president at Gran Caribe hotel chain, said that rigorous disinfecting and cleaning procedures have been carried out at hotel facilities across the country amid the pandemic.

“New health protocols are being implemented to guarantee the safety of tourists,” he said, adding “Cuba will continue to be a safe destination.”

Cuban authorities also said a special offer will be available for international tourists who want to recover from COVID-19 through medical services provided by the country’s health experts.

Jose Luis Perello, a university professor and expert on tourism, said that unlike other Caribbean destinations, Cuba has the capacity to provide tourists with services offered by a strong public health system in the context of COVID-19 emergency.

“Most five-star hotels in Cuba are on the coastline, and particularly in the northern and southern keys of the country. This is the best hotel infrastructure we have,” he said.

Perello added that top markets of the Cuban tourism industry such as Canada and the European countries keep their borders closed due to the pandemic, which makes the arrival of international tourists on the island nation more complex.

Cuba has 241 beach destinations, and ranks the second in the Caribbean behind the Dominican Republic in terms of the number of international tourist arrivals.

In 2019, Cuba’s tourism industry declined significantly after the United States administration issued new restrictions on travels of United States nationals to Cuba and barred United States airlines from flying to all destinations in the Caribbean nation.

The tourism industry in Cuba accounts for nearly 20 percent of the country’s hard currency earnings.

(XINHUA)

Nnn: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

New CAMA will boost foreign direct investment — Capital market operators Driver bags 14 imprisonment for stealing tricycle windshield, stereo Kyrgyzstan cancels virus tests for arrivals, COVID-19 cases reach 40,177 Centre calls for renewed commitment to anti-corruption fight Oil rises 1% on Saudi Aramco’s upbeat demand view, Iraq supply cut New Zealand to start charging people in managed isolation Arms embargo: Germany, France, Italy to push ahead with sanctions for Libya COVID-19: Pakistan lifts restrictions in spite of concerns from medics School closure: Nasarawa govt to revoke operational licences of erring private schools Schools reopening: JAMB to give new commencement date for admission PDP BoT Chairman commends INEC over peaceful conduct of Nasarawa bye election Tanker drivers start strike Monday as talks with LASG end in deadlock NCDC confirms 437 new COVID-19 case, total of infection hits 46,577 Apapa will open to traffic in October — LASG Halep to decide on United States Open after Prague event Gov. Fayemi mourns ex-Ekiti lawmaker, Fakiyesi Vettel says Ferrari messed up with nonsensical strategy Ekiti Govt paying lip service to healthcare delivery, say striking doctors Resumption: Academy wants COVID-19 protocol funds released directly to schools Willian confirms exit from Chelsea after 7 years Anglican Bishop urges govts to save SMEs from collapse For Europe’s “super clubs”, UEFA Champions League determines all YYA sues for peace in Ondo Assembly, condoles with Ogun over Kashamu Ilorin communities appeal to Gov. AbdulRazaq over damaged culvert NPFL 2019/2020 season: Rivers United still insisting they finished second, not third Imo Assembly restates commitment to local production through effective legislation CAN President urges FG to overhaul security apparatus  Osun: Police dismiss inspector for allegedly brutalising tailor, causing death Nimet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday Sanwo-Olu gives hospital’s management 7-day ultimatum to remove trucks, containers FG supports Imo farmers with 20,000 cocoa seedlings, other improved seeds COVID-19: Low attendance, strict compliance greet church re-opening in Lagos Ex-Rep wants Obaseki impeached over alleged breach of constitution NMA charges state branches to uphold values to protect members Unknown assailants kill Gov. Obiano’s aide on security DG APC Governors Forum tasks membership on participation, registration  Banditry: Monarch urges govt. to adopt new strategies Cleric tasks worshipers on COVID-19 guidelines as church services resume Kwara records 7 new cases of COVID-19 Beauty queen pledges to showcase cultural heritage of Northern Nigeria Zamfara agency sensitises communities on World Bank projects maintenance, sustainability Don’t smoke away your babies, Gynaecologist warns PDP BOT Chairman seeks conduct of LG election by INEC Community policing: FCT minister advocates involvement of council chairmen, traditional rulers Former Police boss blames security challenges on corruption, bad governance Southern Kaduna attacks: Coalition tasks locals on credible information to military Delta communities want FG to revive abandoned projects Dabiri-Erewa says Dapo William’s death great loss to Nigeria Rev Okoye urges Nigerians to return to God, shun tribalism, other vices Commission pledges to eradicate illiteracy, poverty in North-East