In statements to Prensa Latina, he explained that the decision responds to the progress of vaccination against Covid-19 in the country, using Cuban-made vaccines, with proven effectiveness.
The diplomat stressed that according to the immunization schedule planned by authorities, more than 90 percent of Cubans, including children over 2 years of age, will be vaccinated by November.
He pointed out that by mid-November, more flexible epidemiological protocols will be enforced, including epidemiological observation, temperature measurement and the presentation of immunization certificates with all all Russian-made vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
He explained that passengers carrying these certificates will not need to present any Polimerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests and will only have to fill in the same form they receive during the flight.
In the case of unvaccinated travelers, Escalona pointed out that they will have to show the established documents with the negative result of a PCR test, performed 72 hours before boarding.
He stressed that the health brigades, made up of a doctor, a nurse and an epidemiologist, will continue to work in the hotels.
The diplomat highlighted that the program of excursions and visits to other cities in the country, including Havana, will be reestablished as of November 15, where hotels will start their operations as the flow of tourists increases and the demand from markets and tour operators grows.
According to the Cuban Tourism Counselor, from now until that date, tourists arriving in Cayo Coco and Varadero will undergo an antigen test or rapid test upon their arrival at the hotel, while the PCR test at the airports will be eliminated.
He commented that taking into account the rapid response from the antigen test, if it is positive, a PCR test will be performed to determine the presence of the coronavirus. The result of the test will be available within the next 24 hours, while the tourist will have to remain isolated.
Escalona reiterated that Cuba’s priority is the health and life of its population and the tourists who visit the country.