Finish your mojito, we are closed: tourists scramble to leave Cuba | Cuba – Lonely Planet Forum

Finish your mojito, we are closed: tourists scramble to leave Cuba
Havana (AFP) – Nesmi Orslom relished his Cuba vacation to the very end: “In every city that we went, to every bar to have a drink, we always ordered a pina colada or a mojito!”

But now he is in a hurry to leave, anxious to get out of a country that on Tuesday is set to start isolating tourists due to the new coronavirus.

The 34-year-old arrived in Cuba on March 10 for the honeymoon he has spent the better part of a year planning.

Did he picture the trip ending up like this?

“Absolutely not,” he said.

“When we left the situation was very different than how it is now” — both in the Netherlands, which at that point had not instituted any lockdown measures, and in Cuba, where the first confirmed case was reported March 11.

Now Orslom is waiting in line at the Air France counter at the airport in Havana, hoping to find a flight out.

From Tuesday, Cuba — which has so far counted 40 cases of the new coronavirus,…

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