Planning for Cuba Travel Post Covid • We Blog The World

Planning for Cuba Travel Post Covid • We Blog The World

Planning for Cuba Travel Post Covid • Tour Travel Hotels

Let’s be honest: who wouldn’t want to visit Cuba in 2021? If the crystal-clear waters off Varadero don’t ease the pain of Covid for you, maybe blowing a cigar in the middle of the mountains of Viñales will do.

Tentatively, I think it will be possible for most travelers who wish to visit Cuba this year to do so. I include Americans in this group, given that our new president will soon lift Trump-era restrictions on travel by American citizens to and from Cuba.

I know this should go without saying in the age of the pandemic, but before booking any (non-refundable) trip, I encourage you to keep an eye out for travel restrictions in Cuba, as well as the general trajectory of the pandemic in your country and around the world. There’s light at the end of the travel tunnel, but we’re still pretty deep inside.

Who can visit Cuba at the moment?

If you want to visit Cuba in 2021, the good news is that this is technically already possible, because of February. Cuba’s border is open, assuming you can flights the. The thing is that Cuba has “doubled” the prevention measures. In addition to needing a negative Covid-19 test result before departure and after arrival, all non-Cuban citizens are required to self-quarantine for at least six days and five nights. Obviously, this is a trip-killer for most travelers.

Given Cuba’s current dependence on tourism, I expect these requirements to be relaxed as the global immunization campaign brings the pandemic to a global level. In the short term, I imagine that Cuba will allow travelers with proof of vaccination to forge quarantine – and, if vaccines are determined to prevent both infection and transmission of SARS-CoV-2, perhaps even the requirements for of tests before travel and after arrival.

Where to visit in Cuba in 2021


The colorful capital of Cuba Havana is sure to be as vibrant and refreshing in the years to come as it has been in the past. Stroll the cobbled streets of Habana Vieja on foot, or rent a classic car (with driver) and cruise along the My lesson like in the 1950s and the current embargo is a nightmare of a future that never comes.


Even if you are not a cigar smoker, you should definitely visit Vinales if you come to Cuba in 2021. The natural landscape here is just as satisfying for lovers of beauty as the tobacco grown in the middle of it is for cigar aficionados. In addition, many excellent beaches are within a day’s visit to Viñales, including Cayo Jutias.


The bad news? Trinidad was starting to become a tourist trap in the busy years before Covid indefinitely suspended tourism. The good news? If you are visiting this year or next, you should be able to beat the masses back and enjoy horseback rides and rides through and around this historic gem of a city.


One main reason why I recommend you to come Baracoa if you visit Cuba in 2021, this city on the eastern tip of the island hurts. A major hurricane hit here a few years ago; the local economy is far from having recovered. That’s not to say, of course, that it’s not worth visiting for its own merit, as can be seen in the image above.


I’ll be honest: the resorts of Varadero are not my cup of cubano coffee, despite the beauty of the expanses of shore on which they are built. That being said, I understand their appeal to some travelers, including families with young children, as well as individuals and couples of all ages who are not adventurous enough to explore Cuba more broadly. No judgment!

Travel to Cuba in the post-Trump era

As was the case with many of his policies and statements, former US President Donald Trump barked more than bit when it came to Americans visiting Cuba. While his administration technically rolled back the relaxed restrictions his predecessor Barack Obama put in place, the reality is that even more US citizens visited Cuba during Trump’s four years as president than during his two terms. Obama.

The good news, if you’re planning to visit Cuba in 2021, is that Joe Biden will likely be even more forgiving about Cuba travel than his former boss was. That is, in addition to embargo-related bans on US citizens from traveling to Cuba that are not enforced, they can be eliminated entirely. Rather than having to declare that your visit to Cuba is “in favor of the Cuban people” or for some other dubious reason, you may finally be able to just get started – gasping – for tourist tourism.

Other Cuba Travel FAQ

Can US citizens travel to Cuba in 2021?

American citizens have always been able to visit Cuba, but they had to jump through various loopholes to avoid violating American law – the ban was never by the Cuban government, but by ours. Once pre-Covid flight schedules resume in the wake of the pandemic, any American citizen wishing to travel to Cuba will be able to do so, more or less legally.

How much does a trip to Cuba cost?

Cuba is one of the most affordable countries in the world. Unless you’re staying exclusively at resorts in Varadero, you can expect to pay less than $ 100 (or CUC, Cuban convertible pesos) per person per day of travel in Cuba, which includes ground transportation, activities and locally managed accommodation / meals casas particulares.

What is the best time of the year to go to Cuba?

Cuba is beautiful 365 days a year and enjoys similar weather conditions to South Florida. While Cuba’s mild conditions during the winter months can be alluring, it is also crowded at this time of year. Likewise, while summer travel may suit your schedule, it’s also the start of hurricane season. If you can quit work, the “shoulder” months like April and October or November are the best time of year to go to Cuba.

The bottom line

I can’t fault you for wanting to visit Cuba in 2021. From the colorful streets of Havana to the shipwrecked coastal views of Baracoa, a week or two in Cuba is exactly what the doctor ordered at the end of the long break of the forced journey. . At the same time, you should be aware of Cuba’s travel restrictions, which are relatively strict compared to other Caribbean countries.

Robert schrader

Robert Schrader is a travel writer and photographer who has traveled the world independently since 2005, writing for publications such as “CNNGo” and “Shanghaiist” along the way. His blog, Leave Your Daily Hell, offers a mix of travel tips, destination guides and personal essays covering the more esoteric aspects of life as a traveler.

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