Cuba will fully reopen to tourism on November 15, the Cuban Ministry of Tourism has announced. From then on fully-vaccinated divers will no longer need to present a negative PCR test or quarantine.

The Cuban government says it is on course to have vaccinated over 90% of the population by mid-November, with their own-developed vaccine. Travellers that aren’t vaccinated will still need to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before travelling. Diagnostic tests will be carried out randomly at the airport. You will need proof of medical insurance covering covid-19.

Diving in Cuba

The country is opening up just in time for the best diving season, December to April.

There are many diving areas along Cuba’s 5646 km of coast. The Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud) is a marine reserve which is sheltered from the prevailing South East winds. It has caves, drop-offs and wrecks. Some of the best diving though is at the Jardines de la Reina archipelago, which you reach by liveaboard.

Avalon II Cuba Liveaboard Boat
Avalon II liveaboard dive boat, visiting Jardines de la Reina in Cuba

Nearly 100 of the world’s 500 shark species are found around Cuba. The Cuban government is currently developing new measures to both protect the most vulnerable species and guard against overfishing of all shark species in Cuban waters.

Silky shark
Silky Shark, Cuba by Avalon Cuban Diving Centers

The coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangroves in Cuba are amongst the most intact marine ecosystems in the region.


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