Cuba now offers PCR tests right at the hotels in its main tourist destinations of Varadero, Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria and Holguin.
“At the time when the travel industry is overwhelmed by the new COVID-19 entry requirements to Canada, Cuba makes it easy for Canadians to get tested right at their hotels in the main destinations: Varadero, Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria and Holguin. The test cost is $US30, payable only by credit card or Debit /Visa (no cash),” the Cuba Tourist Board says.
“Clients staying at hotels in these destinations can have peace of mind that the test is done right at their hotels,” explains Lessner Gomez, director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto. “Guests will be advised upon arrival during the welcoming briefing about all the details on how to get tested and how to arrange the appointment through the doctor at each hotel. For clients staying in private homes they can get tested at all international clinics in Cuba, which are located throughout the country.”
“Cuba has a world-class health system and the highest doctor/patient ratio in the world (three times more than Canada); we are totally ready to accommodate increased testing.”
Cuba has several advantages over many countries, including the world’s highest ratio of doctors to population, many of its doctors have volunteered around the world, building up and supporting other countries’ health systems while gaining experience in emergencies, the tourist board continues. A highly-educated population and advanced medical research industry, including laboratories equipped and staffed to run virus tests, are further strengths. Also, with a centrally planned, state-controlled economy, Cuba’s government can mobilize resources quickly.
Cuba also has further simplified the process for Canadian visitors entering the country, as they need only their passport, tourist card and covid-19 insurance (which is included in the holiday package in most cases, or they can buy it locally upon arrival for US$30. The PCR test will be done upon arrival at the airport in Cuba.
“It’s great news that Cuba can offer these conveniences to all Canadians visiting our beautiful country,” Gomez said.
Go to www.gocuba.ca for more.