What awaits tourists with COVID-19 in Cuba and those who have been in contact with them

What awaits tourists with COVID-19 in Cuba and those who have been in contact with them

Social Traditions of Cuba

In Cuba, a handshake is a common form of greeting each other. Among themselves, Cubans often call each other “companero”, which is analogous to the Russian “friend, comrade”. But the guests of the country should better address the Cubans as “senor” (senor, lord) or “senora” (senora, madam). It is interesting to note that Cubans most often have two surnames, and in order to properly refer to a Cuban, it is necessary to give his first surname after the given name.

In Cuba, you must follow the elementary rules of education, treat others with respect and attention. It makes no sense to take a hat with you to Cuba - their choice is huge here.

As for the local dress code, men are not allowed to wear shorts outside the beach, and ladies are dressed in light cotton dresses or trousers during the day, and smart attire in the evenings, especially if they go to formal parties evenings.

Tipping in Cuba

There are no established norms for the size of tips in Cuba yet, since the flow of foreign guests to the island began relatively recently. Therefore, tip should be given in moderation at your discretion.

Cuban cuisine

Cuban cuisine is a collection of local, African and Spanish cuisine. One of Cuba's main national dishes is ajiaco (“ajiaco” - potato soup with chicken), vegetables stewed with pork or beef. Also popular in Cuba are fried green bananas (tostones or patacones), fried pork (lechon), rice with red and black beans, ground beef cooked in tomato sauce (picadillo la habanera) and many other delicious dishes. Cubans are big lovers of sweets, so every meal in Cuba ends with dessert dishes.

Cocktails in Cuba

Cuban rum is one of the most popular spirits in the world and comes in four types of distillation: refined, “white”, “gold” and “old” rum. Gold and old rum is best consumed without dilution, while white rum (carta plata or carta blanka) is most often used to make cocktails. Cocktail "Cuban" has become so famous and popular all over the world that it is served in the overwhelming number of bars in all countries and continents. The well-known Cuban cocktails "Freedom of Cuba", mojito, daiquiri, saoco, cubanito will add bright and unforgettable impressions to your vacation in Cuba.

Sports in Cuba

A large number of international sports competitions are held annually in Cuba. This hospitable country is also strong in sports. Most of the famous boxers, baseball players, volleyball players are Cubans, but Cuba is also proud of its athletes in sports such as fencing, track and field athletics, judo, freestyle wrestling, and chess.

Explain in what cases, in the Cuban island resort of Cayo Coco, tourists with COVID-19 and those in contact with them are waiting for a hospital, an observatory hotel or isolation in a booked hotel. These issues continue to concern both tourist retail and tourists themselves.


At a meeting with Russian journalists and travel agencies at Cayo Coco, Cuban Tourism Ministry spokesman Oscar Henriquez Diaz spoke about the protocols applied to tourists who test positive for COVID-19 and those who contacted the sick.

So, if a tourist is diagnosed with a coronavirus when passing a PCR test upon arrival, there are corresponding obvious symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.), and his health condition inspires concern, then he is sent for treatment to a hospital in Villa Clara or Camaguey.

In this case, re-passing the test is possible only on the 9th day from the date of the first test + 24 hours to wait for the test results.

If the repeated test is negative, then the tourist can leave the hospital, if positive, the treatment continues. A foreigner has the opportunity to refuse treatment or hospitalization by writing a corresponding application. In this case, the Cuban side is not responsible for the health of the tourist.

If a tourist is diagnosed with COVID-19, but the disease is asymptomatic, then such a guest is sent to the Sol Cayo Coco 4 * hotel. As Oscar Henriquez Diaz figuratively put it, "this is the only hotel in the world where they want to see as few guests as possible."

The hotel has all the necessary equipment and staff to provide medical care. You cannot leave the room during isolation. There is a consolation bonus: at the Sol Cayo Coco hotel, almost all rooms have a sea view.

In the case of asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus, a shorter retest period for COVID-19 applies: a smear is taken 5 days from the date of the first test + 24 hours to await results.

If the result is negative, the tourist is allowed to continue the rest in the booked hotel. If the PCR test is positive, then the next test (the third in a row since entering Cuba) is carried out on the 9th day. All PCR tests are free of charge.

On November 4, the first after the break flight to Cuba from Moscow took place. 429 tourists were getting ready to bask in the hot sun and swim in the warm ocean. Instead, 12 of them ended up imprisoned in poor Cuban hotels and hospitals.

"The coronavirus test was taken in the toilet"

Upon arrival in Cuba, biomaterials for coronavirus infection were taken from all passengers on the Nordwind flight. The Russians were surprised and told in social networks that for some reason they took the smears in public toilets at the airport. After that, the tourists were taken to hotels. Some of those who flew on vacation took tests for COVID-19 before departure, and they gave a negative result. But now there are no requirements for mandatory testing for coronavirus before traveling to Cuba.

The next day, eleven passengers of the flight received a positive result.

“Eleven tourists diagnosed with coronavirus were taken to a military hospital in Santa Clara. Eight people who contacted them were sent to the observatory organized at the Pullman Cayo Coco 4 * hotel ", - said Anna Podgornaya, general director of the tour operator Pegas Turistik. In fact, everything looked much worse: shabby walls, a beggarly environment, lack of amenities, internet and normal food. Having found themselves in conditions of poverty, poor nutrition and complete uncertainty, the Russians recorded a video message to the Russian government, in which they ask to be rescued from such a "rest." Among the tourists is Sergey Ivanov, the head of one of the capital's travel agencies, who went to Cuba on a promotional tour. According to Sergei, they only read out a list of those who were allegedly infected with the coronavirus. No certificates, documents or the test results themselves were handed out.

Elite Chicken

One of the tourists, Tatiana Konkova from Rybinsk, talks on her Instagram about a failed vacation in Cuba. Tatiana and her husband paid 180 thousand rubles for the trip. Looking forward to 14 days of rest, they sent their three children to a country camp in their home country and flew to Cuba. However, the spouse tested positive. Despite the fact that he feels well and has no symptoms, the man was transferred to the hospital. And Tatyana, along with several other Russians, was taken to isolation in a hotel, where they did not like the conditions at all. Moreover, neither the covid contacts, nor those who allegedly have a virus, are not given the results: they only verbally identified the problem. Hospitalized tourists are treated according to the Cuban protocol, you cannot refuse to take medications.

Konkova publishes video and photographic materials about her being in isolation and how her husband is in the hospital. First, Russian tourists were fed fast food, and then on demand, and they were placed in an old hotel with beggarly decoration. The raised wave of complaints in social networks gave a result: contact people were relocated to better conditions and began to feed tolerably, giving vegetable salads and hot soup, although the reality was still far from what the vacationers paid for.

Tatiana's posts are read and commented on by hundreds of people. They mostly express sympathy. But there are also haters trying to prick the Russian woman. Tatiana, who keeps an eye on her figure, said that there is no hot food in the hotel, and the main meals are rolls. To which I received a response that it is useless to think about "elite" food in the current conditions. The tourist replied that she only dreamed of "elite chicken and cucumbers."

"Let us out of here No power"

Tatiana's husband, Andrey, was to be discharged from the hospital and transported to the hotel. However, this has not happened yet: the Russians were told that a storm awaits in Cuba, and this hotel is on the first coastline. Tatiana herself was tested for covid, which also showed a positive result. She asked to be transferred to her husband - they answered that it was impossible.

Russians are recording appeals with tearful requests to take them away from Cuba. A crying Russian woman with her son begs for better quarantine conditions. The video was filmed in a small room, where she shows a half-eaten bun and a shabby bedside table. The woman says that she agrees to spend the vacation in captivity, if only the conditions are better.

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Travel only with those you love

Ernest Hemingway, The Holiday That Is Always With You

I will always dream and will not stop until the bullet stops

Ernesto Che Guevara

Our country is heaven in the spiritual sense of the word. And, as I have said many times, we would rather die in heaven than survive in hell

Fidel Castro



Cities of Cuba, which were included in my itinerary and about which you can read about in my stories about the trip to Cuba

  • Havana
  • Pinard-del-Rio
  • Santa Lucia
  • Fr. Cayo Jutias
  • Batabano
  • Nueva Gerona, Fr. Juventud
  • about. Le France
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Baracoa
  • Varadero
  • Matanzas


ⓘ Tourism in Cuba

Tourism in Cuba attracts more than 2 million people annually and is one of the main sources of income for the island nation. Among the factors influencing the popularity of Cuba as a holiday destination is the high attractiveness of its natural, historical and cultural recreational resources.

After the Cuban Revolution of 1959, interstate relations between Cuba and the United States deteriorated significantly. Since 1960, the United States has banned its citizens from visiting Liberty Island and imposed an embargo on trade with Cuba.

From 1960 to 1991, the Soviet Union provided significant economic support to Cuba. Free funds and resources were directed to the development of tourism infrastructure, which helped attract the necessary investments to the island from other countries. All this has led to the fact that tourism industry revenues have exceeded the traditional export industries of Cuba - sugar, rum, cigars, fruit and fishing.

Most of the tourists visiting Cuba come from Canada and Europe. The main tourist infrastructure is concentrated around Varadero, Cayo Coco, Holguin, as well as in the capital of the state - Havana.


Cuba has attracted tourists since the early 20th century. Between 1915 and 1930, Havana received more tourists than any other city in the Caribbean. Such a significant influx of tourists was associated with the proximity of the island to the United States, where at that time there was a "dry law". In Cuba, it was possible to spend leisure time without such restrictions.

However, the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Second World War reduced the number of visitors to the island, and with them financial receipts to the country's economy. It was only in the 1950s that Cuba began to rebuild its tourism potential. American organized crime seized the opportunity and took control of much of the Cuban leisure and entertainment industry. By the mid-1950s, Havana had become one of the main markets for drugs, as well as a transshipment base for drug trafficking in the United States. At the same time, the number of tourists increased annually by 5-8%. The capital of Cuba has received the unofficial nickname "Latin American Las Vegas".

History -

Immediately after the inauguration of the newly elected President of Cuba, Manuel Urrutia in 1959, almost all casinos, bars and other entertainment establishments designed for tourists and vacationers, but also associated with the mafia, drugs and prostitution, were closed ... A special government body was created in the country - the National Institute of Tourism INTUR, whose purpose was proclaimed the activity to create more affordable hotels, clubs and beaches.

On October 10, 1960, the US government imposed a complete embargo on the supply of goods to Cuba, except for food and medicine.

In January 1961, Americans, who made up 80% of holidaymakers, cut back on travel to the island where Fidel Castro came to power. And the US State Department declared tourism in Cuba contrary to US foreign policy and national interests.

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