Cuba bans all tourists and imposes draconian rules amid coronavirus pandemic

Cuba is now not libre (free) for overseas travellers. After many years during which vacationers have been capable of wander with out restrictions, the communist authorities of the Caribbean’s largest island has imposed draconian new guidelines in a bid to regulate the unfold of coronavirus.

Because the well being ministry in Havana introduced 36 new circumstances of Covid-19 throughout the nation, all flights out and in of Cuba have been banned – excluding repatriation flights agreed at a governmental stage.

All overseas vessels have been ordered to depart Cuban waters.

Anybody who arrived between 17 and 23 March might be retrospectively examined for coronavirus. This might embody some British travellers: the International Workplace warning in opposition to non-essential journey overseas was issued on 17 March after flights had departed.

Abroad vacationers are being funnelled into a number of “foreigner hotspots”.

Vacationers are confined to their inns. Anybody who’s staying in a casa specific – a non-public home with rooms rented to vacationers – should keep contained in the dwelling till transport arrives to maneuver them to a authorities resort.

Whereas that journey might be free, the vacationer can pay the invoice for the resort.

The International Workplace says: “Vacationers who didn’t depart on the scheduled industrial flights (final one on 1 April 2020) must keep in a chosen resort till the federal government of Cuba evaluations the measures.”

However the UK embassy in Havana has instructed British travellers that they’ll join a repatriation flight to Rome. Blue Panorama is working from the Cuban capital to Rome Fiumicino on 5 April 2020.

Cuba has lengthy boasted the very best well being service within the Caribbean – and arguably the entire of Latin America.

Early on within the Covid-19 disaster, a bunch of Cuban docs flew to Italy to assist with the medical effort within the worst-affected European nation. Well being care groups from Cuba are additionally working in different international locations.

Any vacationers who fall unwell whereas in Cuba won’t be allowed to depart the nation till they’ve settled their medical payments.

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