Having kept COVID-19 rates very low, Cuba will be gradually re-opening for tourists from July onwards

Having kept COVID-19 rates very low, Cuba will be gradually re-opening for tourists from July onwards

Having kept COVID-19 rates very low, Cuba will be gradually re-opening for tourists from July onwards

 18 June 2020   The Telegraph

Due to the very low number of daily COVID-19 cases now being reported in Cuba, from July 1st 2020 Cuban airspace will re-open, paving the way for the gradual return of tourism into the island, starting with the offshore beach resorts (known as Cayos). Initially, the main tourist flights into Cuba will only be arriving from North America, though it is expected that flights between Cuba and Europe could be operational shortly afterwards. Announcements with more specific dates should be happening soon.

Due to the very low number of daily COVID-19 cases now being reported in Cuba, from July 1st 2020 Cuban airspace will re-open, paving the way for the gradual return of tourism into the island, starting with the offshore beach resorts (known as Cayos). Initially, the main tourist flights into Cuba will only be arriving from North America, though it is expected that flights between Cuba and Europe could be operational shortly afterwards. Announcements with more specific dates should be happening soon.

To keep visiting tourists safe, a whole host of measures will be in place. Health and temperature checks will occur on arrival, and social distancing arrangements will be the norm. Hotel occupancy rates will be kept low, whilst clear plastic panels have already been fitted in hotel reception areas to avoid close personal contact. Restaurant layouts have been rearranged for safety and comfort, and very strict hygiene standards have been enforced across all tourist areas.

It is worth noting that Cuba has one of the highest numbers of doctors per head in the world, and has so many that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the country sent doctors to help in other countries, including Italy, Qatar, Luxembourg and Angola. Cuba has long been a medical tourism destination and is accustomed to treating tourists. Doctors and nurses have always been a feature of Cuban resorts and large hotels, and they will now be even more present. Indeed, in the post-COVID world, it is likely that this will form an important element of how Cuba promotes itself.

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