Comprehensive Travel Insurance for Cuba
Cuba travel insurance covers you to travel to Cuba. This type of insurance covers both medical emergencies and cancellations, preventing you from having to pay for any unexpected medical bills. And, should the worst happen while you’re away, it will provide you with support for any medical related issues.
Since the 1990s, when Cuba reopened its doors to tourism, hundreds of thousands of people have travelled to the island with the curiosity to see the Havana streets restored to their former glory. The best way to explore such a unique destination is, of course, by driving around in one of the many old pre-communism American cars.
The prospect of exploring Cuba is truly exciting, however, before you go, to protect yourself and your holiday in a post-Brexit, post-COVID travel era, you’ll need comprehensive travel insurance.
AllClear policies can help. So that you can travel with confidence, we provide cover for up to £15 million for emergency medical expenses, including enhanced Covid-19 cover.
Do you need Travel Insurance for Cuba?
Travel insurance is a legal requirement for entry into Cuba. Tourists are sometimes spot-checked when entering the country, and you may be asked to prove you have travel insurance as well as the funds to pay for medical treatment should you need it.
Comprehensive travel insurance should include the following;
- High levels of cover for medical bills – even those related to COVID-19 and for repatriation, should you need to be returned to the UK as a result of a medical problem
- Cancellation and curtailment cover in case an emergency prevents you from going on holiday or means you have to cut it short
- Baggage and Possessions Cover – should your items be lost, damaged or stolen while you’re travelling
- Cancellation and Curtailment covered up to £25,000, including for Covid-19
- Up to £15 million emergency medical expenses cover, including for Covid-19
- Up to 30 days FREE extended cover (if due to unexpected circumstances beyond your control)
- Up to £2,000, if medically necessary, for a friend or relative to travel from your home area to stay with you if you fall ill with Covid-19 (costs for room and to accompany you home)
- Repatriation costs, when medically necessary, to bring you back to the UK where it is deemed to be in your best interests
- Following recovery from Coronavirus, costs for a continued recuperation stay, when medically necessary and under doctors advice
- Costs for your return flight following your enforced stay due to Coronavirus
- Personal Belongings covered up to £3,000
- All conditions. All ages.
Am I covered for travel in the Coronavirus pandemic?
There are three things to check so that you can make sure you're covered:
- You must be fit to travel
- The FCO must NOT have advised against travel to your destination
- You must follow the local government advice for your destination, checking and following their guidelines and entry requirements
You can then be covered for emergency medical expenses or cancellation relating to COVID-19, when you have travel insurance with enhanced Coronavirus cover. If you’re an existing policyholder, you can read our Frequently Asked Questions if your trip is affected by Covid-19.
1. Call us or click a quote button on our siteOnce you are ready to start the quote process, the first step is to provide your personal details and information about your holiday plans.
2. Complete our simple medical screening processYou then declare the medical conditions for you (and any other travellers) and answer the specifically designed medical questions.
3. Get your quotesYou will then get your quotes and can either proceed to buy, or save your quote, at this stage.
Tips for Travelling to Cuba
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Travel Advice
Given that we are all living in a post-Covid travel era it’s more important than ever to check the FCDO travel advice for Cuba before travelling.
Here are the emergency numbers you may need while in Cuba:
- 04 – ambulance
- 105 – fire brigade
- 106 – police
Visa & Entry Requirements
From 1 January 2021, everyone travelling to Cuba must have a certified proof of a negative result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel at an accredited testing centre in the UK or the country you’re travelling from.
When you book your holiday to Cuba, every member of your group will also need to sort a Tourist Card in advance. You can get one either by downloading, printing and completing a postal application from the Cuban Embassy website. The card costs £39.00 and is valid for 30 days. Plus, you can extend it for another 30 once you arrive in Cuba.
The Spanish spoken by Cubans is a variation of Castilian Spanish. Today, Cuban Spanish and Haitian Creole are the two most widely spoken languages.
For many years Cuba has had two official currencies (the Cuban National Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) . However, following a reform, from January 2021 the only legal cash currency in Cuba will be the Cuban National Peso (CUP known as ‘moneda nacional’).
Cuba is home to many pre-communism American cars, so it’s no surprise that many people wish to rent one and explore the island.
To drive in Cuba, you will need a valid driving license. However, you won’t need an international driving permit to drive in Cuba if you hold a UK photocard driving licence.
As Cuba continues to develop and modernise, some parts of the island have seen more investment and restoration then other parts. So, drivers should be aware that roads in the east of the country (Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, CayoSaetia, Guardalavaca) are worse to drive down than in western Cuba.
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“My husband and I had booked a holiday to Cuba and I was having trouble getting insurance for a pre-existing medical condition of my husband’s… I had tried various companies, gone through the medical screening, only to be told at the end of it all that he wouldn’t be covered. When I did AllClear’s I answered all the questions correctly and, at the end of it, we had the necessary cover… I am extremely satisfied and would recommend them to others who may be having difficulty getting appropriate cover.”
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Frequently Asked Questions About Cuba Travel Insurance
How much is Travel Insurance for Cuba?
Various factors influence the price you may pay for travel insurance, this includes; your age, medical conditions and how long you’re planning to stay there in Cuba. For comprehensive travel insurance at an affordable price, see how AllClear can help.
What should you know before going to Cuba?
WiFi is only available in certain public areas in the city and is charged by the hour. So, make sure you look up the activities you wish to do there in advance and to avoid any unexpected bills – check your phone service provider regarding costs abroad.
High season for visiting Cuba is December to March, so if you’re planning to travel at this time be prepared for crowds of day trippers and cruisers.
Credit cards linked to American banks aren’t widely accepted – so you’ll either need to bring a VISA card or cash.
What can visitors do in Cuba?
With so much to offer, we couldn’t possibly list everything you should do on a trip. So we’ve listed our top three:
Old Havana (Habana Vieja) – here you can imagine what Cuba was like 200 years ago, as you marvel at this historical heritage site, its stunning architecture will enable you to step back in time.
Varadero – one of the most beautiful beaches in Cuba. Here you can snorkel, swim, and even fish.
Trinidad – this Cuban city is a site you won’t want to miss out on. Here you can sample the Cuban culture at it’s finest as you walk through its historic streets.
How safe is Cuba?
Cuba is a relatively safe island. However, like anywhere in the world crime still occurs. To stay safe – it is advised that you keep your suitcases locked while travelling to avoid any luggage from being stolen from your bags and travel only with your tour operator in order to avoid bogus taxi drivers that may operate around the Old Havana and airports. For more information on safety and security in Cuba, see the FDCO’s travel advice for Cuba.