Health Insurance Rules For Cuba Tourist

Cuba Travel Insurance For All Tourist

Cuban Government stated that all foreign tourist and Cubans living overseas,  on or after  May 2010 must have a medical insurance policy in place with proof before they enter Cuba. The Cuban Ministry of Tourism issued a press release that stated Cuban tourist that have been holidaying in Varadero, Havana, Trinidad & Cayo Coco were not immediately effected by the new Cuba Insurance regulations.

Travelers must show proof of a travel insurance which covers all thier medical expenses or a policy for medical expenses that includes coverage in Cuba.

The insurance policy must be purchased  at the home country of departure. Travellers, who do not have insurance upon arrival into any Cuban Airport, will have an option to buy a Cuban Health Insurance policy and assistance from an authorized Cuban insurance companies at the airport.

Travel insurance from Cuban insurance companies and most international insurance companies receive travel assistance services in Cuba from a Cuban state company called Asistur S.A, reportedly available from any airport 24 hours a day and all year round.

However any American residents in the United States travelling to Cuba will have to take out their insurance policy from Cuban insurance companies. The arrangement can be made through agencies associated with Havanatur-Celimar Company because it is forbidden by USA laws for US insurance companies to provide coverage in the Cuban national territory.

Upon arrival, travellers must present a Health Insurance policy, an insurance certificate or travelling assistance card valid for the entire length of their intended holiday in Cuba.

In case of any severe medical emergency, the Cuban health system guarantees all the necessary medical care through a network of policlinics and hospitals, covering every corner of the island of Cuba. Primary health care is provided in most of hotel facilities located in every Cuban tourism resort areas.

For more information when planning your trip to Cuba please, visit CubaWeb or any Cuban embassy or Cuban Consulate or any international Cuban Tourism Office.
You can visit and Asistur insurance company at
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The Varadero Cuba Team
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  1. I actually have full coverage from my work, but this just took Cuba off my travel list.

    I don't want to deal with hassles of proving it to government officials; rather go to Dominican or Mexico.

    Dear Cuba - please understand - it is a VACATION!

  2. What a great article on a topic that's so near and dear to our hearts. Thanks for sharing the closet-love!

  3. so all we need is a medi assist card from work,and that covers the whole family even if there is only the employee's name on the card ??

  4. I think it is good practice to have travel insurance !!! So for people that get drunk and crazy and have no money to pay for doctor services Cuba needed to put stuff in order! Great post/blog!