Cuba Travel

Cuba health and medical insurance update

Posted April 07, 2010 by publisher in Cuba Travel.

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

The Cuban government announced in March that all travelers arriving in Cuba from May 1 and beyond would be required to purchase Cuba health insurance.

In early April the list of approved Cuba health and medical insurance providers was released.

Today we found more information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelers arriving in Cuba shall have a travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses or a policy for medical expenses with coverage in Cuba.

The insurance policy should be purchased in the traveler’s home country but for those tourists arriving without proper coverage, they will be required to purchase an appropriate policy from a Cuban insurance company at the airport, port or marina where they arrive.

Travel assistance services in Cuba is provided by Asistur S.A, available 24 hours all year round. The Cuban government states that 80% of visitors to Cuba already have insurance coverage upon arrival.

Visitors from the US will have to purchase medical travel insurance from Cuban insurance companies before they arrive in Cuba. The coverage can be purchased from a travel agency associated with Havantur-Celimar in Cuba. US insurance companies do not provide coverage in the Cuban national territory.

All travelers shall present an insurance policy, certificate or traveling assistance card valid for the time they will stay in Cuba.

In case of any medical emergency, the Cuban health system guarantees the necessary medical care through a network of clinics and hospitals. 

The Cuban Tourism Office or Asistur can provide more information. Asistur is open 24 hours a day at (53 7) 866-8527, 866-8339, 867-1315. Fax (53 7) 8-66-80, e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Table of Benefits (in CUC)

(Thanks to Nacho for the head’s up on this information)

Member Comments

On April 09, 2010, CheersTerry wrote:

It appears the Cuban government has done a huge back-pedal and this so called “List” of accepted insurance companies that has been floating around - which has never been published or enforced by any official Cuban government source - back-fired in their faces.

The entire deal can be summed up in one sentence now. “To meet such requirement, travelers shall have a travel insurance which covers medical expenses or a policy for medical expenses with coverage in Cuba.”

So basically ANY insurance that’s not based in the US is fine, which means this is all much ado nothing for anyone except American travellers.


On August 28, 2010, publisher wrote:

Please see our updated list of approved travel insurance providers in Cuba.