(CMR) As of Wednesday, 6 April, international travelers arriving in Cuba will no longer be required to present a PCR, antigen test, or proof of vaccination to enter the Island.
The Cuban News Agency reported that the government decided to drop travel requirements considering the high percentage of vaccinations in Cuba.
The use of masks, both indoors and outdoors, will continue to be mandatory. Samples will be randomly taken from those who come from countries where the incidence of the virus is higher.
According to Translating Cuba, if a positive case is detected, the person will be admitted to the designated health institutions depending on where they are located. All direct contacts of these travelers will be isolated for eight days, either in designated centers or in houses, if these have the necessary conditions to guarantee compliance with the measure.
The relaxation comes as the country struggles to recover from a collapsed tourism industry.
Scientists predicted a progressive increase in confirmed cases and hospitalizations; however, the situation in Cuba has seen improvements.
On Monday, the Ministry of Public Health reported that 7,647 people are hospitalized in the country, of which 4,140 are suspected of carrying the coronavirus, and 3,483 are active cases. No deaths were reported. During March, Cuba accumulated a week without deaths related to the disease.
According to official figures, close to 10 million of the 11.2 million inhabitants of the Island have received the complete immunization schedule with local vaccines (a few received the Chinese Sinopharm), that is, 95% of the vaccine-eligible population. In addition, 6.2 million Cubans have received the booster dose, Translating Cuba reported.