Insurance Required for Visitors to Cuba

Travel News, Travel Tips — By John Curran on May 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Americans can visit Cuba and even spend U.S. dollars, they just can’t do it legally, instead visiting a neutral country before ending up in the Caribbean nation 90 miles off the coast of Florida. Now, they along with other visitors to one of the last bastions of Communism will need to have proof of travel insurance.

The quiet change in regulations took effect on May 1, and according to the Guardian, mandates that all visitors have travel health insurance for the duration of their stay. Interestingly, the policy includes Cuban expatriates and also requires the policy cover the cost of evacuation off the island for medical reasons.

Of course, while the rule is in place, what types of policies and from what companies is still up in the air. Travel experts have little in the way of advice for vacationers tempted by the classic charm of Havana simply because there isn’t enough information to make a proper advisory.

If you want to make sure that you’re covered to the standards required by the government, you can buy from state-run Cubatur, according to the Associated Press. Policies run roughly US $3 per day, although seniors have to pay an unpublished premium.

The newswire service also noted that enforcement has, as yet, not been very stringent with many passengers not required to provide proof of insurance. But for the 2+ million visitors expected to arrive on Cuban shores, it may make sense to have a policy ready, just in case.

[Image: U.S. Department of State]

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