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Cuba Announces the Reopening of Luxury Hotel in Camagüey’s Northern Keys

MIAMI, United States. – The Cuban government will provide tourists another luxury hotel. It’s the Valentin Cayo Cruz, a hotel facility that will reopen on November 1st, 2022.
According to the site Excelencias de Cuba, the hotel has 546 guest rooms and is one of three facilities that provides services in that tourist destination north of Camagüey.
Classified as a 5-star hotel by tourism authorities, the Valentin Cayo Cruz is considered that largest hotel of its kind in the area.
The official resort website indicates that the hotel is intended for adults only; is of the “all-inclusive” type; and features “modern spaces such as swimming pools, restaurants, bars, and more.”
“The hotel is part of the tourism development plan being executed in Cayo Cruz; to its contemporary design we can add the recreational, cultural, gastronomical and sports proposals that make use of the virtues of the beach and the island’s identity assets,” is also stated in the hotel’s description.
On the specialized TripAdvisor website, the hotel is rated 4 out of 5, with a total of 171 reviews, 69 of them in the “excellent” rating.
The Valentin Cayo Cruz is operated by Valentin Hotel Group, an chain with establishments in Majorca, Minorca, Cádiz, Madrid, México and Cuba, all located “on beach zones that offer a great diversity of benefits.”
Excelencias de Cuba highlights that in the keys north of Camagüey, “one of the most important investments of Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism is being implemented, with a short- term, medium-term and long-term program that foresees an increase in the number of guest rooms and services to be available in a privileged natural environment.”
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China Signs Agreement with Cuban Regime to Promote Tourism

MADRID, Spain. – The Cuban government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese tourism group Caissa Tourism Group, with the goal of promoting cooperation between both countries in the area of tourism development.
The agreement was signed last Tuesday in Beijing by Havana’s ambassador to China, Carlos Miguel Pereira, and Chen Xiaobing, cofounder and executive director of Caissa Tourism Group.
Representatives of the tourism sector stated that both parties will work to “promote, organize and manage travelers’ trips to Cuba and to China in various forms.”
According to the official agency Prensa Latina’s coverage, “the initiatives generated will also be in agreement with interests that have been identified in the areas of cultural tourism, health tourism, historical-patrimonial tourism and multi-destinations in the Caribbean region.”
The note also states that Cuban authorities intend to duplicate, in the short term, the number of Chinese travelers to the island, the reason why Cuba is promoted as a tourist destination by highlighting “its attractions and strengths, like nature, culture, health and nautical tourism.”
In 2019, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, China occupied 13th place among countries that emitted tourists to the island.
In an effort to revive the tourism sector and reach the projected 2.5 million visitors to the island in 2022, the regime has been promoting Cuba as a tourist destination in Cambodia, Canada, Uruguay, Italy and Turkey.
According to statistics published recently by Cuba’s National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI, by its Spanish acronym), in the first half of 2022, 987,008 tourists have arrived in the country, which represents an increase of 557.3% with regard to the same period last year. However, this number is quite far from the 2.5 million foreign visitors that the Cuban government predicts will arrive in 2022.
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American Airlines Will Resume Flights to Four Cuban Provinces Starting in November

MIAMI, United States. – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) approved on Wednesday the request by American Airlines to resume operations to several Cuban provinces, according to the news agency Reuters.
The four destinations chosen by American to resume flights to the interior of the island are Varadero, Santa Clara, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba.
An airline communiqué which the British news agency had access to indicates that flights to those four destinations “will improve service and access between the U.S. and those location outside of Havana, after more than two years of service being suspended.”
American Airlines added that it “will comply with the public’s interest by offering and sustaining better connectivity with Cuba through its operations center in Miami, and will represent substantial competition to other U.S. airlines that service Cuba.”
Regular flights by U.S. airlines to airports in the interior of Cuba were suspended in December 2019 by order of then president Donald Trump, who reversed the rapprochement between the U.S. government and the regime in Havana started in 2014 by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
In late June of this year, American Airlines requested from the Department of Transportation to increase its flights to Cuba, which are limited today to José Martí International Airport, in Havana.
The company’s request came less than a month after the Department of Transportation Order 2022-6-1 came into effect, cancelling actions taken by the Trump administration between 2019 and 2020.
Cancellation of flight restrictions to the island is part of “the Biden administration’s measures which were announced last May 16 in support of the Cuban people.”
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American Airlines Wants to Reinstate Flights to Five Cuban Provinces

MIAMI, United States. –American Airlines requested authorization from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for reinstatement of its operations to five Cuban provinces, according to the Miami Herald.
The airline, which already operates six daily flights to the José Martí International Airport, in Havana, hopes to increase its flights to the air terminals in Santa Clara, Holguín, Varadero, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba from Miami International Airport.
According to the Miami Herald, if the airline receives authorization from the Department of Transportation, it could reinstate its flights to points outside Havana as early as next November.
According to Miami’s daily, the airline plans to operate two flights a day to Santa Clara, and one a day to Holguín, Varadero, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba.
The airline company issued a statement saying that the additional flights to Cuba “will improve both service and access from the United States to other cities outside Havana, in addition to providing the best connection to Cuba through American Airlines’ operations center in Miami.”
American Airlines’ request to increase the number of flights comes less than a month from enactment of DOT’s Order 2022-6-1, which cancelled the measures adopted by the Trump administration between 2019 and 2020.
With the U.S. government’s new measure, the Order issued on October 25, 2019 was cancelled. This Order limited air operations by U.S. carriers exclusively to the José Martí International Airport in Havana. So was the Order dated January 10, 2020, which barred all charter flights between the two countries.
Elimination of flight restrictions to the island is part of “measures announced by the Administration on May 16 in support of the Cuban people.”
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Canadian Airline OWG Resumes Its Flights to Cuba Starting June 30th

MIAMI, United States. – Canadian tour operator Hola Sun/Caribe, in collaboration with OWG Airline (Off We Go), will resume its flights to Cuba, according to the official news agency Prensa Latina.
It’s projected that starting next week, flights will be resumed to Holguín (June 30th), Santa Clara (July 1st), Varadero (July 2nd) and Cayo Coco (July 3rd).
According to the information provided, each of those destinations will welcome two flights Thursdays through Sundays (one from Toronto and another from Montreal) until October 31st, the start of the fall-winter season.
Hola Sun/Caribe and OWG also announced exceptional services to passengers flying to Cuba, with modernized cabin accommodations for maximum passenger comfort.
Hola Sun/Caribe and OWG joined forces in the summer of 2020 in order to conduct tourism travel to Cuba. OWG features three aircrafts: one Boeing B737-400, with capacity for 158 passengers; one British Aerospace RJ-100, with capacity for 110 to 116 passengers; and one British Aerospace RJ-85, with capacity for 90 passengers.
During the last decade, Canada has been Cuba’s principal tourist market.
From January to May 2022, 182,733 Canadian visitors arrived in Cuba, a much higher number than traveled to the island –only 2,278- for the same period in 2021.
Cuba’s Minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos García, recently visited Canada, emphasizing the importance of Canada to that sector in the island. García met with businessmen, directors of tour operator agencies and airlines.
According to Prensa Latina, García visited Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa for the purpose of “stimulating business with Cuba’s main tourism market.”
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Cuban Exiles Ask Canadians to Stop Supporting the Cuban Regime: “Tourism Dollars Finance Repression”

MIAMI, United States. – Pro-democracy activists and members of the Cuban exile community called on the Canadian government and Canadian citizens to stop supporting the Cuban regime as part of the campaign “Unlock Cuba”, an initiative that aims to shed light on repressive practices and human rights violations in the island.
At a press conference held today in Toronto, Canada, activists explained how the regime utilizes dollars generated by several sectors of the economy, like tourism, to maintain its repressive apparatus against the Cuban people.
“Cubans, like Canadians and everyone else in the world, deserve universal rights and freedoms. We are convinced that this is the right moment for Canadians to consider small but concrete actions they can take in order to help the Cuban people find its freedom,” stated Orlando Gutiérrez Boronat, coordinator of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance (Asamblea de la Resistencia Cubana, ARC by its Spanish acronym).
Gutiérrez Boronat recalled that “year after year, decade after decade, the Cuban regime has ruled over our people and has done so with the financial help of individuals, companies and even governments that are not aware of the realities in the island.”
Canadian tourism represents more than 40% of the total visitors the Cuban regime welcomes annually. Today, trade between Cuban and Canada is at the highest it has been in years, with a flow of more than US$ 1 billion per year.
“We witness how Canadians rise firmly and bravely against injustice everywhere in the world (…) We ask that you recognize how our people are suffering and to do something concrete about it, even if only a little bit,” stated former political prisoner Luis Zúñiga.
Jurist René F. Bolio, president of the Mexican Commission for Human Rights, who traveled to Canada to participate in the launching of the “unlock Cuba” campaign, stated that while the regime summons the international community to promote tourism to the island, it represses and sentences to jail peaceful demonstrators for exercising their rights to protest.
“The regime in Havana has taken advantage of the present crisis in Ukraine -and before that, the COVID-19 crisis- to summarily try and sentence secretly dozens of young Cubans to long prison terms simply for their demands of basic liberties. It is time for us to shed light on what is really happening in Cuba,” stated the attorney.
Gutierrez Boronat highlighted that “most Canadians do not know where their dollars go when they vacation there, or when they invest there.”
“The Cuban military owns almost exclusively all the resorts and the hotels; it’s the military that receives between 80% to 90% of all that money, not the Cuban people.”
“Unlock Cuba” is a long-term public education campaign, also launched in France, Spain and Italy. Its objective is to raise awareness about how citizens of those and other countries can help the Cuban people in their struggle for human rights and basic freedoms.
The first images of the campaign include the prisoners from the July 11, 2021 protests who were sentenced to jail terms and to forced labor for expressing discontent toward the Communist government which does not represent them and is against democracy.
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Charter Flights between the United States and Several Cuban Provinces Will Be Restored on June 16th

MIAMI, United States. – Starting June 16th, charter flights between the United States and several Cuban provinces that have international airports will be restored, according to Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeroportuarios S.A. (ECASA, by its Spanish acronym).
Operations will start this Thursday with one flight scheduled between Santa Clara and Miami. Flight frequency will be weekly on Thursdays (one flight to Miami), Sundays (two flights to Miami and one to Tampa) and Wednesdays (two flights to Miami and two to Tampa).
On June 17th, flights between Holguín and Miami will start, with one flight on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays to Miami and another flight on Tuesdays to Tampa.
ECASA’s information adds that operations from Santiago de Cuba will start on June 20th, with a weekly frequency to Miami on Fridays and Mondays.
Ignacio Agramonte International Airport, in Camagüey, will also be part of this initiative. Starting June 23rd, a flight bound for Miami will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays.
ECASA announced on social media that operations are still subject to change, and that it’s anticipated that air travel will reach other airports in the island.
Last June 1st, the U.S. government lifted restrictions of flights to Cuba that had been imposed during Donald Trump’s presidency and which limited operations solely to the airport in Havana.
This measure was recorded under U.S. Department of Transportation Order 2022-6-1, which canceled the actions taken by the previous administration between 2019 and 2020.
In addition to allowing charter flights, the new Order also allows for the issuance of permits for regular airline operations to international airports in Cuba’s provinces.
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The European Union Keeps Travel Restrictions that Include Cuba

MIAMI, United States. – The European Union (EU) extended its restrictions on non-essential travel from third countries, among them Cuba.
The extension of this measure started on May 13th, the date Order INT/424/2022 went into effect, thus modifying Order INT/657/2020.
In a previous revision of the normative text, it was stated that there could be “possibly a forthcoming restriction in the context of a more in-depth review than the one recommended by the Council.”
The Spanish Consulate in Havana made the news public on May 16th. It confirmed that restrictions would be kept until at least June 15th.
In this manner, the European Union will continue to apply its criteria regarding temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union and Schengen-affiliated countries. The reasons are public order and public health due to the health crisis that has resulted from COVID-19.
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It should be noted that, although the EU has been gradually lifting restrictions as transmission levels and mortality has decreased from the new coronavirus world-wide, temporary restrictions on non-essential travel remain in effect.
For now, Cubans who wish to travel from the island to countries in the European Union can only do so for force majeure, and at no time for tourism purposes or family visits.
To that effect, the Spanish Consulate in Havana advises on its website that Cubans holding Schengen visas can only enter the EU if they qualify as cultural actors, individuals linked to commercial missions, those traveling for academic reasons, trade fairs, and representatives of state and ministerial entities, with the exception of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX).
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The United States Lifts Travel Restrictions to Cuba Imposed by the Trump Administration

MIAMI, United States. – On June 1st, the United States government lifted the travel restrictions to Cuba imposed during Donald Trump’s presidency which limited air operations to and from the airport in Havana.
The measure was filed under Order 2022-6-1 of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT, by its English acronym), and revokes prior actions taken by the previous administration between 2019 and 2020.
“By this Order, the Department of Transportation of the United States, at the request of the Department of State, revokes prior actions that restrict certain air services between the United States and Cuba,” states a press release issued by that agency.
In this manner, a Notice issued on October 25, 2019, among others, was revoked. That Notice restricted air operations by American transport companies to the “José Martí” International Airport only. Also revoked is a Notice issued on January 10, 2020 that cancelled all charter flights between the two countries.
According to the press release, lifting travel restrictions to Cuba is part of “the Administration’s measures, announced on May 16th, in support of the Cuban people.”
The document, which is signed by Carol A. (Annie) Petsonk, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the Department of Transportation, also states that the new order will be given to all certified transport companies that operate large aircrafts; to foreign airlines that hold permits; as well as to the rest of foreign airlines that require authorization to operate charter flights to Cuba, etc.
The revocation of Trump Administration restrictions will restore air operations to the rest of Cuba’s international airports, which are located in Varadero, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Cayo Largo, Jardines del Rey, Camagüey, Holguín, Manzanillo and Santiago de Cuba.
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Colombian Airline Wingo Will Inaugurate New Route between Bogotá and Santa Clara

MIAMI, United States. – Low-cost Colombian airline Wingo will operate two weekly flights to Cuba as part of a new itinerary between the cities of Bogota2 and Santa Clara, according to information made public this Sunday by the state news agency Prensa Latina.
Both flights (charters) are part of a package that is operated by Dominican businessman Álex Armstrong, and are aimed at promoting tourism to the keys along the northern coast of Santa Clara as well as other island destinations.
“For me, these charter flights to Cuba are the achievement of another paradigm, a more perfect goal and the opening of new opportunities for our companies, for our sector and for the future of Villa Clara’s keys,” stated Armstrong to the state agency.
The new itinerary between Bogotá and Santa Clara was made possible thanks to an agreement between the Dominican entrepreneur, his wife and the hotel chains Archipiélago International and Gaviota Tours. They are also part of the Colombian wholesale agencies project.
According to Armstrong, the new tourism package is aimed for “those tourists that love to discover new sites, who love what is new, who love Nature and enjoy a good experience with it.”
Armstrong stated to Prensa Latina that Cuba “is a marvelous country,” one that he has always identified with and of which he feels part.
“We arrive with this new charter and I truly cannot describe the level of emotion I feel. I can only say: we have arrived in Cuba and we will continue boosting it.”
Prensa Latina stated that tourists who purchase the Wingo package “will be able to choose either spending six days in Cayo Las Brujas, or choose to mix Havana and Varadero with this destination.”
“In all these paradise-like places, guests will have a wide range of entertainment options,” Prensa Latina added.
Wingo’s inaugural flight to the Abel Santamaría International Airport (Santa Clara) took place on Sunday, April 10th with 184 passengers on board the aircraft.
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Turkish Airlines Increases Its Weekly Flights Frequency to Cuba

MIAMI, United States. – Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national airline, will fly three times per week to Havana, according to information released by that country’s embassy in Cuba last Wednesday.
According to information given by the diplomatic body on social media, the airline will fly that route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“It’s a miracle! Turkish Airline, our pride, will fly from Istanbul to Havana three times per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) starting today. Congratulations! Starting today, Turkish Airlines will run three weekly flights (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) to Havana. Turkey and Cuba are united via the airways,” stated Turkey’s Embassy on Twitter.
Prior to now, the airline’s flight frequency to Havana was twice weekly (Mondays and Fridays).
Founded in 1993 under the name of State Airlines Administration (DHY, by its Turkish acronym) Turkish Airlines operates out of the Istanbul Airport. The company’s fleet includes 315 aircrafts, and flies to more than 322 destinations in Turkey, Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. This makes it one of the top airlines in the world in terms of destinations reached and destinations served.
Although Turkey is not among the main tourist markets that generate travel to Cuba, the Eurasian country could serve as a bridge for travelers from countries like Russia, which had to suspend its direct operations with the Caribbean island because of the conflict in Ukraine.
According to numbers released by the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI, by its Spanish acronym), 573,944 international travelers visited Cuba in 2021, 146,151 of them from Russia, Cuba’s main tourism market.
The island’s authorities expect to welcome 2.5 million foreign tourists to Cuba in 2022, and that such influx will generate US$ 159 million for the Cuban economy.
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Díaz-Canel: “Few Destinations Can Offer What Cuba Can Offer to Tourists”

MIAMI, United States. – Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel stated this Monday that Cuba meets all the conditions that enables it to promote quality tourism and become a destination of reference.
During the annual Evaluation Assembly of the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR), the president reviewed several topics about the sector’s present condition, stating that “few destinations in the world can offer what Cuba offers to tourists.”
“We are a politically stable country, we are a secure country, we are a country with public safety, we are a country with epidemiological security, and those are realities that we must maximize” stated the president during his intervention.
Also present at the assembly was Cuba’s Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, who admitted that the country was not welcoming the number of tourists it expected.
“We haven’t had enough tourists, but we have worked [hard],” the official stated.
Marrero criticized the lack of tourism’s supply linkages in the island, although he made it clear that the investment process will not be halted for the development of the sector.
According to the internet portal Presidencia de Cuba, it was stated at the evaluation assembly that in 2021, the island welcomed 356,470 international visitors, mainly from Russia, Canada and the Cuban émigré community abroad.
In spite of the decrease in visitors, island authorities project the arrival of more than 2.5 million visitors in 2022, “as a result of higher management and an increase in both quality and diversity in our offerings.”
Díaz-Canel finished by emphasizing the upcoming International Tourism Fair (FITCuba-2022), which will take place during May in Varadero.
“Let us hold an extraordinary tourism fair: a well-conceived, cultured, elevated, innovative fair that can showcase the potentialities of Cuban tourism. What we are really asking is that with respect to tourism, we put soul in Cuba.”
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Cuba Welcomed 86,483 Tourists in the Month of January

MIAMI, United States. – Cuban authorities reported the arrival of 134,661 travelers this past January, an increase of 375.7% over the same period last year.
According to the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI), of the total number of visitors welcomed in January 86,483 of them were international travelers, a figure that represents 387% increase when compared to arrivals in 2021.
During the first month of last year, Cuba welcomed only 35,842 travelers, of which 22,349 were international visitors.
According to ONEI, the markets that provided the most visitors to Cuba were Russia, Cuban émigrés, Canada, Germany, the United States, France, Poland, Colombia and Italy.
In spite of the significant increase in the number of travelers that arrived in Cuba in January 2022, the drop in Russian tourism is notable, according to a statement on Twitter by Cuban economist Pedro Monreal.
“The statistics published today in Cuba indicate a decrease in visitors of 14.6% for the month of January 2022 in comparison to the previous month. There was an increase of Russian visitors in the month of January, but there is already a decrease regarding Russian tourism that started in November 2021,” according to the expert.
Last year, Cuba welcomed only 573,944 travelers, some 869,181 less than in 2020 when the country welcomed almost 1.5 million visitors.
In 2021, only 52,804 Cuban émigrés visited Cuba, which was also a considerable drop from 2020, when 150,388 Cubans who reside abroad visited the island.
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From One Fair to the Next: The Cuban Regime Markets Its Tourism Product in Turkey

MIAMI, United States. –  Just weeks after participating in the International Tourism Fair in Madrid (FITUR), the Cuban regime is trying to market Cuba as tourist destination in Turkey.
According to Periódico Digital Centroamericano y del Caribe, island officials are participating in the 25th edition of the International Fair on Tourism and Travel in the Eastern Mediterranean EMITT 2022, that opened in the city of Istanbul on February 9.
The Cuban delegation to EMITT 2022 is made up of representatives of Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism, directors of hotel chains like Havanatur and Cubanacán, and Cuba’s ambassador to Turkey, Luis Amorós, among others.
The publication indicates that during the event, Cuban officials have presented “their tourism portfolio focusing on Cuba as destination, as well as its strengths vis a vis sun and beaches, nature and health destinations.”
In statements made to the state press agency Prensa Latina, Eddy Santos, general manager for marketing at MINTUR, stated that Cuba’s tourism would recover the ground it lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Tourism will undoubtedly stand out once more in the daily lives of people due to its resilience. Cuba is confident that it will become one of the favorite tourism destinations in the Caribbean, with new features and heightened quality of service,” Santos stated.
Periódico Digital Centroamericano y del Caribe indicates that the International Fair on Tourism and Travel in the Eastern Mediterranean “is one of the five most important tourism fairs in the world, where each year, approximately 45,000 professionals from the tourism sector participate, as well as tourists and frequent travelers who are always searching for new destinations to visit.”
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Copa Airlines Cancels Flights from Cuba to Nicaragua

MIAMI, United States. – Panamanian airlines Copa Airlines has canceled the sale of airline tickets from Cuba to Nicaragua, company representatives confirmed to CubaNet.
Although the cancelation had been announced days earlier on the Web Mediums platform, an officer of the airline assured Cubanet that at this time “this itinerary is not operational”.
“There are no available flights. We have presented a restriction. We are not offering that itinerary,” stated the officer.
According to Copa Airlines, the restriction is the result of action by Central American governments who wish to put a stop to the exodus of Cuban nationals through Nicaragua.”
“This restriction is presented by the governments of Central America, who do not wish to see the arrival of flights from Cuba,” he added.
Sources tapped by CubaNet from Havana state that the airline will continue to operate the Havana-Managua itinerary, with stops at the Tocumen International Airport (Panama) and the El Salvador International Airport, for those individuals who purchased airline tickets prior to the announcement of cancelation.
Ever since Nicaragua eliminated the visa requirement for residents of the island, thousands of Cubans have traveled to the Central American country as a way to reach the U.S.-Mexican border.
Although this measure was announced two months ago, it was not until January 12 that direct flights were reinstated between Cuba and Nicaragua. Flights had been suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At present, only Aruba Airlines and Conviasa make regular direct flights between Havana and Managua. The only other company that covers this itinerary is Avianca, with a stop-over at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia.
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Regime Eliminates Compulsory Quarantine for Travelers from African Countries

MIAMI, United States. – Cubans authorities announced this Saturday they were lifting the compulsory quarantine required of travelers arriving from South Africa, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi and Eswatini (Swaziland).
The measure, adopted in December 2021 due to the high transmission of the Omicron coronavirus variant in those countries, was proposed and adopted during the last session of the provisional Task Force against the pandemic, which is headed by president Miguel Díaz-Canel.
The decision to lift the health restrictions for travelers from these African nations is the result of “the present global epidemiological situation and particularly in Cuba,” according to information shared by Cuba’s minister of Public Health, Ángel Portal Miranda.
“For travelers coming from those countries, we have also lifted the obligatory tests upon entering our ports and airports, and will follow those protocols applied to travelers from other countries,” according to the portal Presidencia de Cuba.
Until yesterday, travelers arriving from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi and Eswatini had to comply with the compulsory quarantine. In addition, upon arriving in Cuba, they had to present their full vaccination record, and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, performed in their country of origin.
At the gathering this Saturday, Díaz-Canel acknowledged that, in spite of fewer contagions in the island, “very elderly people are dying with certain complications.”
“We have to avoid those risks among the elderly, and this will be accomplished through measures taken in the primary care system, where the family doctor must make regular house calls to determine any case that presents such complications,” Díaz-Canel added.
This Sunday, the Public Health ministry reported 898 COVID-19 cases for yesterday, when five patients died, all over 70 years of age.
Of the total contagions registered, 20 had a contagion source abroad.
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Air Canada Cancels Its Flights to Cuba Due to Rise of the Omicron Variant

MIAMI, United States. – Canadian airline Air Canada will cancel its flights to Cuba and to other tourism destinations in the Caribbean starting January 24, 2022 due to the rapid rise of the Omicron variant.
According to information provided on the airline’s web page, the canceled destinations include Antigua, Aruba, Samana, Curacao, Exuma, Grenada, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
According to the Air Canada, the objective of this measure is to prevent Canadians from becoming stranded abroad. To that end, the airline plans “to operate a series of commercial flights to the affected destinations in order to bring clients at the cancelled destinations back to Canada.”
Likewise, the airline committed itself to provide full flight reimbursement to clients affected by the temporary cancellation of those flights.
Canadian media indicates that another airline company that will reduce its flights is Air Transat, owned by tourism operator Transat, one of the airlines that transports more passengers to Cuba on a yearly basis.
Although the company, headquartered in Montreal, has not specified the tourist destinations that will be affected by the cancelations, it assured travelers that they will be reimbursed in total. Transat also indicated that as soon as it was possible, it would give clients date changes for their reservations.
After several months of relatively low numbers, cases of coronavirus in Cuba have skyrocketed in the last few days to over one thousand daily contagions.
Until last Monday, January 3rd, Cuban health officials had detected 92 cases of the Omicron variant in 13 provinces.
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