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TORONTO — The Cuba Tourist Board says it’s still waiting to hear official news on flights from Canada now that the destination has reopened for international tourism.
And at least for now, as part of phase 2, international visitors are limited to Cuba’s cayos.
The list includes Cayo Santa María, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz and Cayo Largo del Sur, according to Cuba’s Minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos García Granda.
Resort operations will start gradually, depending on demand, with Gaviota, Cubanacán and Grand Caribe.
Among the hygiene and sanitary protocols, international visitors will undergo the PCR test for COVID-19 free of charge upon their arrival in the country, which has been approved by the Cuban Ministry of Public Health.
In phase 3, which has not yet been activated, the rest of Cuba’s tourism destinations will begin to reopen, and destination marketing will restart with tour operators and agencies.
Also in phase 3, Cuba says it will create conditions in hotels and resorts for the isolation of foreign tourists with respiratory symptoms.
Cuba officially reopened to international tourists, including Canadians, on July 1. The Cuban government says that in recent months it has focused its efforts on fighting the pandemic. At the same time, government officials have taken steps to improve all hotels and tourism infrastructure in the country, including airports.