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Cuba updates entry requirements effective Jan. 1

TORONTO — There will be a new form for travellers to sign prior to entering and leaving Cuba.

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Tourism of Cuba will require travellers to complete the new form to facilitate check-in at Cuban airports. The form can be accessed here.

Currently, clients are given entry forms onboard their flight, but starting Jan. 1 paper copies of
the following documents will no longer be available:

  • International Boarding and Disembarkation Card
  • Customs Declaration Form
  • Traveller’s Health Affidavit

All travellers must provide information online within 72 hours before departing for Cuba. Once it’s provided, they will receive a QR code by email, which must be shown (either in digital or printed form) to authorities upon arrival.

“There is no doubt that this is a way to improve the traveller’s experience through the airport and to speed up procedures at different points of entry,” says Lessner Gomez, Director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Canada. “Now passengers will have a stress-free flight and don’t need to hassle filling out forms onboard.”

The new form is part of Cuba’s ongoing efforts to make it easier to travel to the destination. It announced earlier in September the elimination of quarantine and PCR testing upon arrival. Now, incoming travellers need only show their valid passport, tourist card (included), COVID-19 medical insurance and proof of full vaccination with a Health Canada-approved vaccine or mixed-dose combination to enter. Those who are not vaccinated must submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to enter. Children 12 years of age and under are exempt from presenting a vaccination certificate or taking a PCR test.

For more information email info@gocuba.ca.