First Choice holidays to Cuba are likely to start up again in the next few weeks.

Once the government advice changes, you’ll be able to go on holiday to Cuba with First Choice again. You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday right here, from social distancing to face masks. There’s no doubt your getaway will be a little different, as we all get used to the new normal. But, here at First Choice, we’re working our flip flops off to make sure you still have a fantastic time. It’s all part of our Holiday Promise, which is designed to give you complete peace of mind.

We’ve got your back

COVID Cover, which you can use as an add-on to your usual travel insurance, is included as standard on all First Choice holidays departing up to the end of April 2021. It means you can change your booking for free if you get COVID-19 before your holiday or if you’re officially required to isolate prior to your travel dates. This also applies if your local area goes into lockdown over the dates you are due to depart. A Holiday to Home insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. You can expect some major changes on board when you fly long-haul with them, but rest assured they’ve all been put in place to keep you safe. You can expect online check-in and rules around face masks, as well. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about what to expect on your First Choice holiday.


  • COVID Cover* included
  • First Choice quality standards guaranteed
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise, as well as everything we’re doing to keep you safe, on our Travel With Confidence hub.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance 1.5 metres.
Face mask requirements for adults Face masks are mandatory in public areas.
Face mask requirements for children Children aged two years and above are required to wear a face mask in public areas.
Passenger Locator Forms and testing requirements TESTING REQUIREMENTS

• Temperature checks and COVID-19 PCR tests are being carried out on all passengers arriving into Cuba.

• The results of your test will be available within 24 hours.

• During this waiting period, you’re allowed to travel to your hotel and use its facilities as normal, and you don’t have to self-isolate.

• A medical team’s on hand to monitor the situation at your hotel, and have set up safety protocols to protect guests if someone tests positive for COVID-19

• You’ll have to answer some health-related questions when you arrive at the airport. Your health declaration form will also be collected and reviewed before you enter the country.

• Because of the health screening procedures that are currently in place, you should expect longer-than-normal queues throughout the airport.


Currently, a Passenger Locator Form is not required. But, you must purchase a Cuban tourist card prior to departure, or you won’t be able to board the plane. Find out more.

Other need-to-knows HOLIDAYS TO CUBA WITH US

• The city of Havana is currently under quarantine, so we’re currently only operating to Varadero, where a ‘tourist corridor’ has been put in place. This runs from K Street to Punta Hicacos at the end of the peninsula. Many of our beach hotels are located within this area, the zone also includes the golf course, two marinas, Dolphin Park and two shopping plazas.

• Flight-only holidays to Cuba are now permitted.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Cuba

Beaches Open.
Restaurants and bars Open with limitations. There are limits on the number of people allowed in them, and social distancing rules are in place. Please be aware that you must pay by card, as some restaurants and bars will refuse to accept cash. Check with your bank before travelling to see if your card will work. American Express cards are not accepted in Cuba.


Supermarkets VARADERO


Other facilities Tour guides will read the temperatures of every participant before the start of every excursion.

Plus, your coach will be constantly deep-cleaned.


Havana is currently under quarantine, so no excursions to or in the city will go ahead.


At the moment, no excursions to Trinidad or the Topas de Collantes National Park can go ahead. Please be aware, any excursions that are due to visit, or pass through, the area may experience changes and delays because of the current restrictions in the Sancti Spiritus province.


All excursions to Varadero will go ahead.

Here’s the key information on getting to Cuba.

Flights with First Choice Check in for your flight on the First Choice or First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.

Here are your options for travelling within Cuba.

Car rental Permitted.
Public transport Available. Face masks are mandatory on public transport.
Hiking Permitted.
Biking Permitted.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Cuba.

Read the full FCDO advice here


Just so you know, the information on this page is updated during office hours, Monday to Friday. You’ll always find the latest information on our 24/7 Travel Alert page.