Last update: Wednesday 27th of May 2020
We completely appreciate that the recent outbreak of Covid-19 raises lots of questions with travelling or planning travel in the near future. As usual, the safety and well-being of our customers, colleagues and partners remains our number one priority.
Captivating Cuba will continue to closely monitor official UK government information as it is issued, and we will follow all UK travel related advice laid down by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as local government advice in Cuba. We continue to be as flexible and helpful as we can.
When International Travel opens up, why Travel to Cuba with Captivating Cuba?
- Completely tailored, flexible special journeys to suit your exact needs handled by a small knowledgeable expert team
- Plenty of wide-open beautiful landscapes to explore independently
- With limited internet, Cuba is the perfect place for a digital detox to take a break from social media and the press. Leave the stresses of modern life behind!
- Explore Cuba’s most dramatic landscapes; visit beautiful secluded beaches, sleepy colonial towns, amazing rural countryside, and stunning mountains
- A highly educated population who understand how and why the need to reduce the risk of coronavirus
- A robust country very used to effectively handling crisis situations
- An excellent, world respected health system with a large volume of highly qualified doctors
- Cuba is an island, easier for authorities to control borders
- We cannot think of a more perfect destination to unwind, recharge, and recuperate with what Cuba can offer!
Current Situation in Cuba
Cuba reported its first 3 cases of Covid-19 on 11 March. Since then only a small number of people have been diagnosed and numbers in Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean remain low.
Cuba has a well-respected, strong and advanced health service and government control over society is strong with very fast moving and robust actions taken by the Cuban government when it comes to large scale incidents that can affect the nation. Cuba are extremely experienced at handling national emergencies and have a highly regarded system of handling national issues from a strong central control. At Cuba's international airports, screening is taking place on arriving passengers which is being carried out in a controlled and discreet manner. In the event that any arriving passenger displays coronavirus symptoms, the passenger would be taken to the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine, the leading body specialising in these types of illnesses.
In addition to following the UK government information, we are also in touch with government authorities in Cuba as well as maintaining daily dialogue with our colleagues, and suppliers in Cuba to make sure we have new information as quickly as possible.
Cuba and covid-19 in the Press
Cuban cases of Coronavirus https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/cuba/
Cuban doctors go to South Africa https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-52431627
Cuba sends health aid to 15 countries https://atalayar.com/en/content/cuba-sends-health-aid-15-countries-fight-coronavirus
Cuban doctors on the corona virus frontline https://www.arabnews.com/node/1654806
Cuba’s history of sending medical help in crisis https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/cuba-history-sending-medical-teams-nations-crisis-200331112744040.html
Cuban nomination for Nobel Peace Prize https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/French-NGO-Nominates-Cuban-Doctors-For-Nobel-Peace-Prize-20200428-0018.html?fbclid=IwAR1TdTnAsj6H-bixZWUW4uckj3l0gIKAW5nL1Q1KVpEOnew_48vwcD5qMgQ
Coronavirus response – Cuban interesting response https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-response-why-cuba-is-such-an-interesting-case-135749
Already Booked and Due to Travel Soon?
Our Travel Designers will be in contact directly with anyone due to travel soon to advise the latest situation and the options available to you.
Thank You for Your Patience
Due to current and unprecedented world events affecting the global travel industry, we are currently experiencing extremely high call volumes, please do not worry if you cannot get through to us, we will get back to you as soon as we can.
If you have an existing booking and would like to talk to someone about it, the fastest and easiest way to contact us is to send an email to [email protected] with your travel date, surname, and booking reference number in the email subject box.
We are handling new enquiries for travel as quickly as possible!
If you are booking a new holiday, it is extremely important that you take out travel and medical insurance on the same day that you pay your deposit to us. You should then benefit from the services that form part of your insurance cover from the day that you enter into a contract for your holiday. As per our normal advice, do ensure that all members of your party travelling have comprehensive medical and travel insurance, and accessible funds for unplanned treatment and repatriation. Do check the terms of the insurance policy carefully to make sure they adequately cover your needs.
Whilst Cuba currently are not restricting entry for customers travelling from specific countries, you should be aware that some other countries that you may transit through have entry restrictions in place for travellers who are either arriving directly from countries where there have been major coronavirus outbreaks, or have visited them within the past 14 days. We recommend that you monitor the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice if you are travelling imminently for any updated advice.
To check the latest Government travel advice: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Website
You can view the current UK Foreign Office advice for travel to Cuba here
You can read more about COVID-19 issued by the World Health Organisation here
You can read the UK NHS information on COVID-19 here