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Travel insurance with medical cover is essential when visiting the Caribbean island nation.

Travellers in Cuba

Why You Must Have Travel Insurance With Medical Cover to Enter Cuba

Following a declaration by the Cuban Government since May 2010, all travelers, foreign and Cubans living abroad, coming to the island nation shall take out a medical insurance policy.

To meet such requirement, travelers shall have a travel insurance which covers medical expenses or a policy for medical expenses with coverage in Cuba.

The insurance policy should be taken out at the home country of departure. Travelers, who, exceptionally, do not have insurance at arrival, could take out a policy of insurance and assistance from Cuban insurance companies at the airport, port or marina.

Travel insurance from Cuban insurance companies and most international insurance companies receive travel assistance services in Cuba from Asistur S.A, available 24 hours all year round.

Experience shows that over 80% of visitors to Cuba have insurance coverage, from companies at their countries of origin covering their medical expenses in Cuba.

Residents in the United States traveling to Cuba will have to take out their insurance policy at their home country of departure from Cuban insurance companies. The arrangement shall be made through agencies associated with Havantur-Celimar Company. US insurance companies do not provide coverage in the Cuban national territory.
Upon demand after their arrival, travelers shall present a policy, insurance certificate or travelling assistance card valid for the time span they will stay in Cuba.

Australian travelers must also take out travel insurance with medical cover prior to depature and show proof upon arrival into Cuba. Additionally, if you are participating in high risk activities you will need to purchase additional cover from the Cuban insurance company, Asistur.

Visitors to Cuba will not only find the natural beauty of the island and the proverbial hospitality of its people, but also absolute safety, which includes, of course, welfare and health. In case of any medical emergency, the Cuban health system guarantees the necessary medical care through a network of policlinics and hospitals, covering every corner of the island. Primary health care is provided in most of hotel facilities.

For more information when planning your trip to Cuba please, visit our web site or any Cuba embassy or consulate next to you, or the official Cuban Tourism website.

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6 Comments

  • Lisa Yen said

    Hi there ,

    I'm residing in Singapore and I will be travel to Cuba on 24May - 13Jun then off to Barcelona and Istanbul returning on 22Jun Singapore . Can you please provide me with a quote as well as coverage and please advise me how do I purchase!
    Hearing from yours
    Lisa Yen
    Mobile + 65 88247732

  • Daniele said

    This article doesn't seem to explain whether World Nomads is actually covering Cuba or not, and that would have been an important information to add.

  • Kevin said

    I purchased a World Nomads travel/medical insurance plan for a January 2017 trip to Cuba. At the Varadero airport customs area, there is a desk to purchase medical insurance. I presented the certificate of insurance page downloaded/printed from the World Nomads web site and the agent looked it over quickly and stamped the back of my tourist visa, which must have indicated proof of insurance. I was not required to buy additional coverage or pay any other fees. I presented my tourist card and passport and passed through customs without any problems. I did not need medical attention during the trip, so I do not know if there are any problems going to a hospital with insurance from WN.

  • Victor Diaz said

    Is there a certain amount of medical coverage you must purchase to travel to Cuba? The policy I just purchased had $10,000 emergency medical and dental, and $50,000 emergency medical transportation coverage. Does this suffice?

  • Kim said

    Can Americans use World Nomads to cover medical insurance in Cuba?

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