Cuba has reopened its capital in time for post-lockdown holidays – this is methods to book

The holiday giant Tui will resume flights from Manchester and London Gatwick to the beach hotspot Varadero, 2.5 hours east of Havana, on December 3rd. Direct flights from London Heathrow to Havana relaunch with Virgin Atlantic in January.

Escape winter with the Cuba Direct Christmas Package on the beach at Grand Memories Varadero and four nights at Residencia Santa Clara in Havana for £ 1,899 per person with round-trip airfare, transfers and tourist card. The new 10-day Trailblazer Cuba vacation in Latin America offers island highlights as well as a small beach vacation in Jibacoa, on the coast of Cienfuegos and in the mountain eco-oasis Las Terrazas. The vacation costs £ 1,878 per person including transfers from Varadero, tourist card, rental car, mid-range hotels and B & Bs, some meals and excursions. International flights are not included. Don’t feel like getting behind the wheel? The same trip with a driver from Varadero costs £ 2,128 per person; from Havana £ 1,940 per person.

Cubanía Travel, the Cuba specialist, is a great addition to a beach vacation. The short and sweet five day Cuba Insight trip costs £ 679 per person. Transfers from Varadero to Havana cost £ 110. Car hire for independent travel through www.tuicars.com or www.wowcuba.com; Rent vintage cars with drivers through www.nostalgicarcuba.com.

Visitors to Cuba will need a tourist card (purchase at www.visacuba.com or www.cubavisas.com) and travel insurance with Covid coverage (Cuba offers a $ 30 policy on arrival). Cuba, which is on the UK travel corridor list, does not require a pre-flight PCR test, although it is recommended that all passengers receive one. Incoming passengers must complete a health form and undergo a PCR test and temperature check. Travelers must wait 24 to 48 hours at their hotel or B&B for the results, but quarantine is not required.

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