Published on : Saturday, April 4, 2020
In a bid to control the spread of coronavirus Cuba has imposed draconian new rules. The Caribbean’s largest island is no longer free for foreign travellers. All flights in and out of Cuba have been banned after the health ministry in Havana announced 36 new cases of Covid-19 across the country.
There were exceptions to the repatriations flights agreed at the government level.
The Foreign Office warned against non-essential travel abroad which was issued on March 17 after the flights had departed and anyone who arrived between 17 and 23 March will be retrospectively tested for coronavirus.
Into a few ‘foreigner hotspots’ the overseas tourists are being funnelled. While tourists are confined to their hotels and those staying in a private house with rooms rented to tourists – must stay inside the dwelling until transport arrives to move them to a government hotel.
The journey will be free and the tourist will pay the bill for the hotel.
According to the Foreign Office tourists who did not leave on the scheduled commercial flights (last one on 1 April 2020) will have to stay in a designated hotel until the government of Cuba reviews the measures.
The UK embassy in Havana has told British travellers that they can sign up for a repatriation flight to Rome. On April 5, Blue Panorama is operating from the Cuban capital to Rome Fiumicino.
Those tourists who fall ill when in Cuba will not be allowed to leave the country until they have settled their medical bills.