HAVANA TIMES – On September 11, two days before the US government put out a warning against travel to Cuba, Canada also published a travel advisory for its citizens. The Canadian government says the information is still valid today Sept. 15th.
Whether to maintain travel plans has been a difficult topic for so many people who are/were going to visit the island in the coming days, weeks or months for different reasons. It is clearly not a cut and dry matter as any advisories can be modified or lifted.
One of the big issues for travel companies is financial, as they prefer not to assume losses for justified cancellations if at all possible. At the same time travelers want specific information on the hotels and areas where they plan to visit in order to make a good decision on what to do.
Canada sends Cuba around 40% of all its foreign tourists and here is what that country’s government recommends:
CUBA – There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Cuba. Exercise normal security precautions.
Provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Matanzas and Havana – AVOID ALL TRAVEL
Global Affairs Canada advises against all travel to the provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Matanzas and Havana, including the Cuban Keys along the north shore of these provinces.
Provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin and Las Tunas – AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL
Global Affairs Canada advises against non-essential travel to the provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin and Las Tunas, due to Hurricane Irma.
Travel Health Notice – Zika virus
The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travelers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while traveling in affected countries. Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to Cuba.
Havana Times will keep you informed if there are any new advisories.