Cuba will no longer require PCR tests, as well as proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination scheme, from international travelers arriving in the country, according to National Director of Epidemiology Francisco Durán at his usual press conference this Monday.
The Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), in an informative note published almost in unison, reported that the flexibilization of measures — in force as of April 6 — were adopted taking into account the high rate of immunization in the country, where three doses and a booster were given to a large part of the population.
En correspondencia con la situación epidemiológica internacional y nacional de la #COVID19 y los niveles de inmunización alcanzados, se realizan modificaciones a los requisitos de entrada a #Cuba como parte del Control Sanitario Internacional.
— Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba (@MINSAPCuba) April 4, 2022
The note argues that random sampling for PCR tests will be maintained at airports, mainly from passengers coming from nations with a high incidence of the disease.
If positive for COVID-19, they will be hospitalized as established by the protocol of the Ministry of Public Health, Durán specified.
The national director of Epidemiology, quoted by Prensa Latina news agency, explained that the measures imposed by the health authorities are maintained at all points of entry into the country, such as physical distancing, washing hands and cleaning surfaces, and the mandatory use of the mask.
Due to the epidemiological situation that the country was going through at the beginning of the year, the health authorities had established that travelers should show — obligatorily — a negative PCR test, as well as a vaccination certificate from their countries of origin with the full doses of the applied vaccine.
This situation has been changing favorably, and in recent months the state of the coronavirus on the island has had a stable behavior.