HAVANA, Jan 13. The D’Viajeros digital form, which contains immigration, health and customs data, will be mandatory to enter Cuba from January 23.All travelers who intend to enter Cuba must present the document at the country’s airports, announced Rita María García González, director of Air Transport and International Relations of the Institute of Civil Aeronautics of Cuba (IACC), according to a note from the official newspaper Granma.
Through the digital platform, the traveler will be able to complete the form -available in Spanish, English, French, Russian, Italian, and German- a maximum of 48 hours in advance before checking their flight to Cuba, informed the official.
After registration, a QR code will be obtained, which must be presented in digital or printed format to the customs authorities upon arrival in the country.
The IACC, according to her, is responsible for notifying all the airlines that carry out operations in the country about the mandatory implementation of this measure, so that they enforce the requirement to their customers.
As the newspaper added, “this experience is part of the country’s efforts to achieve digital transformation, but, in addition, it is already an international practice that provides advance information for travelers, to expedite procedures in the different air terminals.”
Although its use is mandatory and its compliance will be required within a few days, those in charge of its operation recognize that it could have “its margin of affectation”, for which they will continue their monitoring to ensure failures and give a “quick response” in the event to occur.
Manuel García Benítez, director of Technology of the Corporación de la Aviación Cubana S.A, said that work has been done on the enlistment of the technological infrastructures that will facilitate the capture –through the QR code– of the data presented by the travelers at the time of arrival.
The digital document is promoted as a measure that minimizes physical contact, reduces the stay in the epidemiological surveillance line and avoids the crowding of people in the terminals.
The Cuban government imposed its use as of January 1, 2022, on the website of the Ministry of Transportation (MITRANS), and on several occasions, the government reiterated that it maintained its use, but now they demand that the airlines inform the customers.
The D’Viajeros application can be accessed from different devices (computer, mobile phone, or tablet) as long as they have an Internet connection.