Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela (r) and Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade Rodrigo Malmierca (l) during the inauguration of Panama’s pavilion on Tuesday October 30, 2018 on the second day of the 36th Havana International Trade Fair (FIHAV 2018). Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa / EFE.

Panama starts giving Cubans tourism card for 30 days

Panama started giving out the tourism card that allows Cubans to remain 30 days in that territory to shop, announced this Tuesday in Havana Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, who affirmed that he maintains “total communication” with the Cuban government. “It already started yesterday (Monday) and the first cards were given, because simply any Cuban citizen who has traveled abroad and has a passport already has access to the card,” the president explained after inaugurating his country’s pavilion at the Havana International Trade Fair (FIHAV 2018). The new card, created by the Central American country to promote shopping tourism, can be acquired for 20 dollars in the Panamanian consulate in Havana. Varela, who is on an official visit to the island, insisted that the new simplified migratory process “will strengthen Cuba’s economic opening,” always “following and respecting the rules” of the country. When asked about the Cuban government’s reaction, Varela affirmed that during this Monday’s meeting with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Díaz-Canel he perceived there was “a total communication.” “It is an important step taken by Panama and there is going to be total communication to ensure that the decree’s objective meets its purpose, which is to promote tourism...

The Meliá Marina Varadero Hotel will receive the first visitors who opt for the new health tourism agreement between Cuba and Canada. Photo:

Cuba-Canada agreement on health tourism

Cuban and Canadian companies agreed this Tuesday in Havana to start up a program called “For a happy age,” devoted to medical care on the island for elderly tourists from that North American country. The health tourism program will cater to groups of senior citizens, autonomous, aged between 75 and 85 in good physical and mental conditions who visit Cuba for two or three months during the winter season, explained the vice president of the state-run entity Cuban Medical Services Marketing Company (CSMC) S.A., Yamila de Armas. After signing the agreement, the executive of CSMC, belonging the island’s Ministry of Public Health, announced that the first group of Canadian visitors will arrive in November to Varadero beach resort, Cuba’s principal sun and beach tourist destination. The medical-tourist package aims to promote healthy lifestyles and will also include nursing medical care and transportation from and to the airport, a report from the Cuban News Agency (ACN) specified. Meanwhile, secretary of the Canadian COGIR travel agency – specializing in elderly people - Bruno Desautels commented that his country’s population is aging and people want to travel and there aren’t sufficient projects to attend to them. He explained that this program in Cuba...

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