The Cuban Ministry of Tourism reported this Tuesday that the country is preparing to open its doors to international tourism in mid-November with the removal of mandatory quarantine and with plans to offer their covid-19 vaccines to travelers.
“We are working if it is possible to offer vaccines for all clients who visit us”said the Minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos García, at a press conference. The island suffered a severe economic blow from the pandemic, since tourism is one of its main sources of resources.. Now, it estimates to receive 100,000 tourists in the last month and a half of the year, and with the possibility of applying the vaccines of its own production.
With the vaccine “we can have a differentiating attribute from other destinations tourist of the world“said the minister.” If we do not achieve it by 15 (November) “, when the borders are opened, the vaccination service for tourists” we will have it for the 20 or for December 1, “he anticipated.
The offer of vaccines will not be subject to tourist packages and it will depend on what the travelers require. “People do not come for (a long period), if you are going to get Sovereign 2 (…) we give you the vaccine, we give you another wellness treatment, quality of life and we give you the other two vaccines in a bottle to that you can take them away, “Garcia explained in this regard.
This vaccine is given in three doses every 28 days, two from Soberana 2 and the third from Soberana Plus. The latter may also be an option for convalescent patients who require a single application, the official added.
Soberana 02, Soberana Plus and Abdala
Cuban vaccines against the coronavirus Soberana 02, Soberana Plus and Abdala They have an emergency use authorization from the Cuban drug regulatory authority, while the government has asked the WHO for its evaluation.
Cuba will open after registering a sustained decrease in cases and deaths from covid-19 in recent weeks. So far, it has 938,577 infections and 8,101 deaths since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
As of October 17, 6,790,452 Cubans had received the complete vaccination schedule, according to figures from the Ministry of Health, which predicts that 90 percent of the vaccinable population will be immunized in November. The country has 11.2 million inhabitants.
García also announced the elimination of the PCR test upon arrival at the airport, although random tests will be carried out among travelers. Tourists must carry a health passport or a PCR test carried out 72 hours before arrival.