A Quebec couple regrets their decision to travel to Cuba amid a pandemic, despite the federal government’s recommendations to avoid non-essential travel abroad.
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Both spouses tested positive for COVID-19 seven days ago.
They were taken by ambulance to the quarantine hotel where they are waiting for a negative result so they can go home.
The couple say they were unable to enjoy their vacation due to the stress surrounding COVID-19 and screening tests.
“With also pressure in the hotel on positive tests, because in the hotel, the world no longer knows what awaits us at any time [on est déclarés positifs]. “So in the hotel, among Quebecers, we were all a little nervous,” says Adam Dryad.
He argues that the uncertainty in which travelers are left makes a stay in Cuba more stressful than enjoyable.
“Even at the hotel we were nervous. We couldn’t wait for the trip to end to hear the negative word. So we didn’t take advantage of it at all in the end,” he said wistfully.
The two Quebecers invite those considering traveling to Cuba soon to review their plans.
“Cuba has had a lot of trouble with COVID and it’s not worth spending your money anyway, especially not going to a hotel like us now,” says Laurence Gélinas-Dion.
She adds that although the couple has not contracted the virus, the stay has been disappointing.
“Even at first, it wasn’t worth the visit,” says the young woman.
“Total coffee aficionado. Travel buff. Music ninja. Bacon nerd. Beeraholic.”