Heading to Cuba?
If you’re thinking of heading to Cuba, make sure you get the right holiday insurance for your trip. The things you will need to think about are:
- Travel insurance is mandatory for holidays to Cuba – You’ll be asked for proof of cover when you arrive
- The cost of your holiday – Because if you have to cancel, you want to know that you’ll get your money back
- The activities you’re likely to be doing – If you’re planning anything really extreme, we can offer you extra cover if needed
- How much your luggage is worth – Because if it goes missing or gets damaged, you don’t want to have to bear the cost all on your own
- And don’t forget to check the latest travel advice for Cuba from the FCDO
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What’s covered with travel insurance to Cuba?
As standard, our policies cover over 50 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:
- Medical expenses and hospital benefit
- Personal accident and liability
- Cancelling and cutting short your holiday
- Abandoning your trip
- Delayed departure
- Accommodation cover
- Personal belongings and baggage
- Personal money, passport and travel documents
- Legal expenses
There are a number of things you’ll need to take into account before travelling, so we’ve put together a table of facts and other important information to get you started on your trip to Cuba.
|Currency||Cuban convertible peso (CUC) or Cuban peso (CUP)|
|Most common languages spoken||Spanish|
|Continent||North America (The Caribbean)|
|Population||Approx. 11 million|
|Plug type||Plug type A, B, C and L|
|Driving side||Right-hand side|
|Seasons||Spring – March to May|
Summer – June to August
Autumn – September to November
Winter – December to February
|Laws||Local laws and customs|
Do I need a visa for Cuba?
Travellers using a full British passport will need to apply for a visa to travel to Cuba.
As there are several types of visa categories out there for different travellers, it’s important to make sure you get the correct visa to cover your trip.
If you’re travelling to Cuba as a tourist, then you’ll need to get a tourist card before you can travel. A tourist card is valid for 30 days but can be extended in Cuba for a further 30 days if needed.
Otherwise, you can find the different types of visas and entry requirements for Cuba here.
What travel insurance do I need for Cuba?
Travellers to Cuba need Worldwide travel insurance. When choosing a policy, make sure you’re fully covered. Think about the cost of your flights and accommodation, as well as your belongings. At InsureandGo, we offer a range of Cuban travel insurance for different budgets and trip types.
How do I prove I have travel insurance on entry to Cuba?
It is mandatory to have travel insurance for Cuba. You may be checked when entering the country. Make sure you have a printout of your insurance certificate with you. If you can’t prove you’re insured, you may not be allowed entry to Cuba, or you may have to purchase a new policy from the state insurer.
What if I need emergency assistance in Cuba?
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing medical treatment or assistance while in Cuba, you or someone on your behalf can contact our 24-hour medical assistance team.
All our travel insurance policyholders can get access to our 24-hour emergency medical assistance team.
Healthcare in Cuba
If you fall ill or injure yourself while on holiday in Cuba, it’s important to know what healthcare services they have available and what they can offer.
Cuba doesn’t have any private hospitals or clinics; they operate a national healthcare system run by the government. They actually have the highest doctor-to-patient ratio in the world, and their doctors are often sent abroad to countries with a great need of medical professionals.
It’s strongly advised that everyone travelling to Cuba has the correct travel insurance, including cover for any pre-existing medical conditions. It’s also very important to visit your GP at least four to six weeks before your trip to check whether there are any vaccinations that you may need.
Find more details of the healthcare in Cuba here.
Did you know?
- Cubans often refer to their country as ‘El Cocodrilo’, this is because the island looks like a crocodile from above!
- Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, which is one of the highest in the world.
- It is illegal to take photos of military personnel, police officers, or airport personnel in Cuba.