Thousands of foreign tourists on Monday are leaving Cuba from Havana's Jose Marti International Airport, the communist island's main connection point with the outside world, one day before the partial closure of the borders announced by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus goes into effect.

The airport's check-in counters have long lines of travelers from all over the world, most of them wearing facemasks and ready to return home on one of the 49 outgoing international flights scheduled for the day - another seven having been cancelled - and most of them heading for destinations in the US, Latin America and Europe.