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Covid-19 (coronavirus) – important information

From 17th May 2021, a travel traffic light system is being introduced and trips to green list countries will be legally permitted if you live in England. Strict border control measures will remain in place for your return to the UK.



Before you buy, you should consider the implications of your destination moving from a green list country to amber or red as you may incur additional costs and/or face travel restrictions that will not be covered by your travel insurance.



The traffic light rules only dictate what you have to do on returning to England – so even if a country is on the green list, you still need to check your destination's entry requirements and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice for travelling there. If the Foreign Office has advised against travel to your destination and you still decide to travel, you will not be covered by any travel insurance policy you purchase.



A few insurers do offer cover If you are an essential traveller, however if you are in doubt or have any queries, please check the policy wording, or contact your chosen provider before purchasing.



Until dates have been set to permit non-essential international travel from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland it is important that you follow all the rules that apply to your country of residence.

Why do I need travel insurance in Cuba?

Visitors to Cuba legally need travel insurance with medical cover - you could be asked to prove you have cover on arrival.

If you can't show proof, you’ll be forced to buy another policy from the State’s tourist assistance company Asistur, so pack a printout of your certificate of insurance in your hand luggage.

Do I need a visa for Cuba?

You’ll need to get a tourist card before you travel if you're travelling for leisure.

There are a number of other visa categories for non-tourists - check Gov.uk for the latest advice.

Sports and adventure travel

Given the range of terrain and landscape in Cuba, backpacking, trekking and sports activities are popular.

Make sure any extreme sports you’re planning are covered by your travel insurance, as each provider will have its own list of activities it can and can’t cover.

Also check you’re covered for cancellation and lost or stolen items.

Cuba travel advice

Travel insurance protects you from the unexpected, but make sure you do your research on Cuba so you have a safe trip.


Medical care

There are hospitals nationwide, but medical facilities are better in the capital Havana than elsewhere.

If you do need medical treatment you, or your insurer, will be expected to pay before your departure.

A short hospital stay in Cuba could quickly run to hundreds or thousands of pounds, so check your insurer will pay the hospital directly and has adequate limits on medical costs.

Vaccinations

If you don’t have recommended vaccinations and subsequently fall ill from a preventable disease, your travel insurance won't cover the cost of treatment.

Check the TravelHealthPro website for the latest advice on vaccinations for Cuba.

Although there’s no risk of yellow fever in Cuba, you’ll need a vaccination certificate if you’re travelling from a country where there is a risk.

Other health risks in Cuba

Mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever are present in Cuba.

The country’s also experienced Zika virus transmission, as well as cases of chikungunya virus and cholera, so take steps to avoid getting ill by checking the latest advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Cuban currency

There are two currencies in Cuba: the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) and the Cuban Peso (CUP).

The CUC was created for the tourism industry and for luxury goods, at an exchange rate of $1USD = 1 CUC. CUP is worth much less.

You can only convert your money in Cuba, so make sure you bring enough in Sterling, and check with your bank that your debit and credit cards will work too.

Look out for travel insurance with cover for theft of cash.

Best time to visit Cuba

Cuba has a warm, tropical climate with sunshine and blue skies form December to May.

Beware the hurricane season - check the National Hurricane Centre if you’re travelling June to November and make sure your insurance covers cancellation and cutting short your trip.

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