Last updated Aug. 17, 2021

With over 3,500 miles of coastline, a lively atmosphere filled with Cuban cocktails, cigars, and music, and plenty of classic American cars, Cuba is an exciting place for visitors to explore. But in order to access this country, you'll need travel insurance.

Travel insurance is required for Cuba

Since a declaration made in May 2010, the government of Cuba requires all foreign visitors to purchase travel health insurance. The rule applies to all travelers from overseas as well as Cubans living abroad.

Before visiting Cuba, travelers should make sure they have adequate travel medical coverage. Cuban authorities won't allow anyone with outstanding medical bills leave the country, so travel medical insurance for Cuba is not only highly recommended, but it's mandatory.

COVID-19 in Cuba

Cuba has been hit hard with COVD-19 infections since the start of the pandemic. The CDC places Cuba at a Level 4. This is the highest level designation, meaning there's a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. It's strongly recommended that travelers avoid all travel to Cuba.

At this time, masks are still required in public places. The U.S. requires all citizens and residents traveling to Cuba to test negative for COVID within 72 hours of their return flight. All travelers to Cuba are required to complete a health declaration card before entering Cuba. Upon arrival, travelers are required to take a mandatory PCR test at their entry point, followed by a mandatory period of self-isolation that can be done in a participating hotel, until they receive two negative test results.

For the most up-to-date information, be sure to visit Cuba's official tourism website official tourism website.

Health & Safety tips

Although Cuba is a fun and lively place, there are certain things you shouldn't do in order to stay safe. Since Cuba is a community country despite recent reforms, you shouldn't talk about politics while you're in public. The government doesn't tolerate any type of criticism, and talking poorly about the government could land you in a confrontation with the police.

The other important safety tip is to distinguish between the blue and orange casas. Foreigners and tourists are only allowed to stay in the casas that have a blue sign outside. The orange casas are meant for Cuban citizens. Both you and the owner of the hotel / hostel can get in trouble if you stay in the wrong place.

Necessary Vaccinations

All travelers:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

Visas and Documentation

Any foreign citizen coming to Cuba is required to obtain a Cuban visa prior to their arrival in the country. This is known as a "tourist card". It's valid for a single entry and allows the individual to stay in Cuba for up to 30 days.