Cuba and Argentina Suspend Flights From Mexico

Cuba suspended flights to and from Mexico on Tuesday for the next 48 hours, becoming the first country to impose a travel ban in face of the fast-moving swine flu strain.

The United States, Canada, Israel and European Union health authorities have warned against non-essential travel to Mexico, but have not imposed a ban.

Following the Cuban National Civil Defense Council's issuing of the Alert Stage for the country in the face of swine flu, the island's Civil Aeronautics Institute has temporarily suspended regular and charter flights to and from Mexico starting this Wednesday.

In addition, all travellers arriving in Cuba from any destination will be required to fill in a Traveller's Health Declaration, says the statement.

The Aeronautics Authority will communicate the Cuban State's decision in relation to these measures to the International Civil Aeronautics Organization.

Flights will be resumed once the causes that led to their suspension are no longer a threat to the island, of which interested parties will be duly informed.