More of thousand Spanish tourists remain in Cuba this Wednesday, a day after the Caribbean country will close its borders at the entrance of foreign visitors and decree that those who remain inside will not be able to leave their places of accommodation due to the coronavirus advance.
Up to now some remain on the island 12,000 European citizens, of which 1,115 are Spanish, according to the information provided by the Cuban authorities to the diplomatic representation in their country. At the moment Cuba you have not closed your airspace, so that tourists can continue returning to their places of origin, although they have been registered flight adjustments and cancellations and some companies have temporarily stopped flying to Cuba, including Air Europa.
As a consequence, there are some 80 Spaniards stranded on the island who must turn to other companies to leave. And, despite the fact that the official number of Spaniards who entered Cuba with a tourist visa and still remain in the country is 1,115, not all of them are people who came to the island to spend their vacations and will eventually return to their homes in the next days.
In this computation of “tourists” also enters an undetermined number of Spaniards who reside irregularly in the Caribbean country, from which they enter and leave with a tourist visa given the strict requirements of the Cuban authorities to grant temporary or permanent residence permits. Another frequent case is that of Spanish with family ties or affectives in Cuba who spend seasons on the island, but who also entered with tourist status.
Spaniards in these circumstances now face an uncertain situation, since the Cuban Government has decreed that tourists who are still in Cuba they will not be able to leave their hotels or private houses for rent, and the police have already begun to control the presence of foreigners on the streets to enforce the regulations.
Throughout the country, various hotels for the accommodation of the remaining tourists, and more affordable prices have also been established due to the possibility that many have to extend your stay for the cancellation of their flights. In Cuba all hotels are state owned, although 70% of the rooms on the island are managed by foreign companies under a mixed company regime.
According to data disclosed by the Governor of Havana, Reinaldo García Zapata, until Tuesday there was in the Cuban capital 8,800 tourists hosted in hotel facilities, of which more than 5,000 were previously housed in rental houses.