Canadians Will Be Welcome In Varadero From 15OCT In "Safe Tourist Corridor" Only
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
As Varadero readies to welcome Canadians and other international visitors beginning the middle of this month, Cuba has created a "safe tourist corridor" with approved resort accommodations and activities for guests.
“Our first and foremost priority is the safety of our clients and staff, so in this initial stage, the mobility of the clients and the range of the excursions will be limited to the approved area. This means that tourists will not be allowed under any circumstances to leave the safe tourist zone. They cannot visit the rest of the island and the locals cannot enter the tourist zone," said Lessner Gomez, Director of The Cuba Tourist Board.
"Therefore, all clients travelling to the destination must bring a hotel reservation with them. No air-only passengers are accepted at this moment in Cuba."
Within the corridor, which runs from K Street to Punta Hicacos at the end of the peninsula, tourists will have a choice of several 4- and 5-star hotels, a golf course, two marinas, a dolphin park, two shopping plazas (Plaza America & Plaza Hicacos) and restaurants.
Tours and excursions will be available within the approved zone, including water sports, a hop on-hop off double deck tour bus, moped rides, bicycle tours and car rentals.
Cuba's safety protocols require all services to be paid by credit card or debit-Visa from a Canadian bank. Currently, visitors to Cuba must travel with COVID-19 insurance and undergo a free PCR test upon arrival at VRA, according to a statement by the Cuba Tourist Board. Any visitor arriving without insurance is obligated to purchase Cuban medical insurance coverage at the airport upon arrival for US$30.
“The situation is very fluid," said Gomez. “I’m looking forward to the time when this safe zone is expanded to include more hotels and more services, but right now we are happy to open Varadero,” which he points out is a favourite destination for Canadians in Cuba.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.