Cuba Closes Borders, only Citizens and Permanent Residents Allowed Back

Cuban president Miguel Diaz Canel announcing the closing of Cuba’s borders to visitors. He spoke on national TV on Friday evening.  Photo:

HAVANA TIMES – The Cuban government closed the country’s borders over the coronavirus pandemic on Friday and said only foreign tourists would be allowed out and citizens and permanent residents would be allowed back in, reported dpa news. 

“We are going to regulate entry through the country’s borders, leaving only authorized residents to enter Cuba,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in a speech broadcast on the national radio and television network.

According to Prime Minister Manuel Marrero, there are currently 60,000 tourists on the island. It’s uncertain as to how many will actually have flights available to go home. Starting Tuesday, March 24, no-one coming from abroad except residents of Cuba will be allowed into the Caribbean island nation.

The measure is to remain in place for at least 30 days.

Cuban authorities also said public activities will be restricted. The government is promoting social distancing in commercial settings.  Strangely, schools are to remain open.

So far 21 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Cuba. All the cases were imported, according to officials. One person, an Italian tourist, has died. Some 700 people are under observation.

10 thoughts on “Cuba Closes Borders, only Citizens and Permanent Residents Allowed Back

  • March 29, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I hear Cubans are hunting tourists on the streets!! Payback!!!!!!!!! As soon as they see a tourist on the street the call the cops!! Beware tourists You are not welcome. You can only stay locked up in your ghetto hotels. Cuba loves you tourists!! Hand over your cash and go back to your rooms. Sandwich with cheese for breakfast. Sandwich with ham for lunch. And sandwich with ham & cheese for dinner. Don’t like something? Don’t come to Cuba!!! But do send your cash!!

  • March 28, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Manuel is becoming rather irrational. Weeks following the WHO declaring Covid 19 as a pandemic Manuel is saying it isn’t a hoax? Next he talks of Italy following the Second World War -when the only people dying of unnatural causes were those fascists killed by the communists as reprisals. The Devil himself then enters the picture – for no apparent reason, and finally Manuel tells readers of HT that he doesn’t need a gold plated toilet. I for one Manuel had never given that a thought! Lewis Carol might have comprehended,

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