On July 26, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory recommending U.S. citizens avoid travel due to the very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Commercial transportation to/from Cuba can sporadically be unavailable, and for this reason, it may be difficult to enter or leave Cuba and travelers should expect delays.
As of January 1, 2021, all incoming travelers must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken less than 72 hours before arrival to Cuba at the port of entry. All travelers will also be required to fill out a health declaration card before being allowed entry to Cuba. Upon arrival in Cuba, incoming travelers will also be subject to a mandatory PCR test at the port of entry (airport, marina), and a mandatory period of self-isolation until they receive the result of the PCR test. If it is negative, another PCR test will be given on the fifth day of isolation; if the second PCR test is negative, the isolation period is over. Travelers who test positive will be transferred to health facilities and hospitalized in isolation. Travelers testing negative upon arrival will be given the option of self-isolating in a government-run facility or at a hotel participating in the government’s COVID isolation program. Unless travelers already have a reservation at a participating hotel, the government of Cuba will select the hotel for the isolation period.
Last updated: October 19, 2021
*** Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Cuba has confirmed cases of COVID-19within its borders.
- Cuban government reporting about high risk areas, policies, and quarantine measures is subject to frequent change and is often contradictory depending on the ministry or government office involved.
- On March 17, 2020, the Consular Section of U.S. Embassy Havana announced that Consular services will be limited to only emergency U.S. citizen services and nonimmigrant visa services.
- Shortages of basic medical supplies exist throughout Cuba, to include most over-the-counter medications such as antifever or oral rehydration medications, thermometers, respiratory face masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment.
- Cuba requires visitors to have non-U.S. medical insurance, which is usually included in airline ticket prices on flights originating in the United States.
- Cost of medical service is usually covered by the Cuban government if required by local authorities. Otherwise travelers needing medical care generally must pay cash.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Cuba? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- CDC requirement for Negative COVID-19 test prior to air travel:
- A negative viral COVID test or documentation of recovery is required for anyone traveling by air to the United States, including U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents age two and over, and regardless of vaccination status.
- This order applies to all flights, including private flights and general aviation aircraft (charter flights). A negative COVID test is not currently required for travel by land border.
- Air passengers are required to take a viral test (PCR/NAAT or antigen test for current infection) no more than three calendar days prior to their flight departure to the United States. Antibody tests are not compliant with the requirement.
- If you are arriving to the United States via one or more connecting flights, your test must be done in the three days before the first flight in your itinerary, but only if the connecting flights were booked as a single passenger record with a final destination in the United States and each connection (layover) is no longer than 24 hours long. If your connecting flight to the United States was booked separately or a connection in your itinerary lasts longer than 24 hours, you will need to get tested within the three days before your flight that arrives in the United States.
- CDC requires that air passengers arriving in the United States have a paper or electronic copy of their test result for review by the airline before boarding and possible review by public health officials after arrival in the United States. Passengers must provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline prior to boarding.
- Airline personnel must verify that every passenger over age two on board has attested to receiving a negative test result or to having recovered from COVID-19 and being cleared to travel by a licensed health professional or a public health official. A parent or other authorized individual should attest on behalf of a passenger aged two to 17 years that they have received a negative test. To see the passenger attestation, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/attachment-a-global-passenger-disclosure-attestation-2021-p.pdf.
- If an air traveler has had a positive viral test in the past three months, and has met the criteria to end isolation, he or she may travel instead with documentation of positive viral test results and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states the passenger has been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”
- Airlines are responsible for enforcing the requirement for passengers on U.S.-bound flights. Airlines will deny boarding to anyone without a negative test or documentation of recovering from COVID-19.
- If you test positive, you must self-isolate and delay your travel. Do not travel until you have recovered completely from COVID-19.
- If your flight is delayed before departure, you will need to be re-tested if the delay causes your test to fall outside of the three-day pre-departure testing period.
- Please ensure that the test provider you choose will provide test results that comply with CDC guidelines (for U.S.-bound travelers) and those of your airline.
- For U.S.-bound travelers, each state has its own testing and entry requirements. Verify what is necessary to enter the state to which you are traveling. The CDC offers testing and quarantine information on all states: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html.
COVID-19 Testing Availability in Cuba:
- Travelers should check with air carriers or travel representatives prior to departure for the United States for the most current information on COVID-19 testing and documentation necessary to meet CDC requirements.
- Travelers are responsible for the costs of their own tests and any associated medical care. The Embassy is unable to administer or pay for tests.
- Cuban residents and citizens should check with their local health authority regarding the availability of testing.
- U.S. Embassy Havana has prepared a list of private testing providers based on information provided by local providers. Note: This list is not comprehensive and the information within is subject to change at any time. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on this list. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Providers are listed by location, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by local service providers; the Department of State is unable to vouch for this information.
- Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at HavanaConsularInfo@state.gov. Provide the information below and the U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
- The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number, and country;
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit;
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit;
- U.S. destination address;
- Is the U.S. destination address a home address?;
- Departure date;
- Flight itinerary;
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger;
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable);
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable);
- Phone and email address for individual submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable);
- Purpose of travel to the United States (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s));
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety); and
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation).
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Cuba approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in Cuba for U.S. citizens to receive? No. Vaccines in Cuba are only available to U.S. citizens who also have Cuban resident status.
- Which vaccines are available in Cuba? Abdala, Soberana 1, Soberana 2, and Soberana Plus.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Please see the following website for Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- As of November 15, 2020, all airports in Cuba are open to commercial flights.
- As of January 1, 2021, all incoming travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken less than 72 hours before arrival to Cuba at the port of entry. All travelers will also be required to fill out a health declaration card before being allowed entry to Cuba.
- Upon arrival in Cuba, incoming travelers will also be subject to a mandatory PCR test, and a mandatory period of self-isolation until they receive the result of the PCR test. If the PCR result is positive, they will be transferred to health facilities and hospitalized in isolation.
- Cuba does not recognize the U.S. nationality of Cuban-born U.S. citizens. The Cuban government requires Cuban dual nationals to enter and depart Cuba using Cuban passports. Cuban-born U.S. citizens will be treated as Cuban citizens and may be subject to restrictions and obligations. Contact information for local immigration offices can be found here: https://www.cubatramite.com/oficinas-de-la-direccion-de-identificacion-inmigracion-y-extranjeria-de-cuba-diie/.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes; Curfew hours vary by province. As of October 20, 2021, there is no longer a daily curfew in the Province of Havana.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- Incoming travelers will be transferred to a local hospital or clinic to undergo PCR testing upon arrival. Foreign citizens and non-residents are then required to self-isolate at their own expense in Cuban government approved hotels until day five of isolation, when they will be required to undergo a second PCR test. Those testing positive for COVID-19 will be taken to a government-run facility for further testing/treatment.
- Due to shortages of critical medications and supplies, travelers outside Havana may be escorted to more well-equipped facilities as directed by attending physicians.
- Cuba does not recognize the U.S. nationality of Cuban-born U.S. citizens. The Cuban government requires Cuban dual nationals to enter and depart Cuba using Cuban passports. Cuban-born U.S. citizens will be treated as Cuban citizens and may be subject to restrictions and obligations.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes, but flights are limited and can be cancelled with little notice. If U.S. citizens choose to travel to Cuba, despite the Level 4 – Do Not Travel alert for Cuba (see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/cuba-travel-advisory.html for more information), they should maintain close contact with their travel agents and/or airlines and be prepared to cover their living expenses in Cuba should their return flight(s) be cancelled unexpectedly. The U.S. Embassy is closed for routine services and cannot assist with travel arrangements.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes, but on a limited basis.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Non-compliance with Cuban government measures and hygiene protocols may result in fines and/or criminal penalties.
- In the event of an emergency, U.S. citizens can contact the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section by phone at +53-7-839-4100 or email at ACSHavana@state.gov.
- The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy Havana is suspending routine U.S. citizen services effective March 16, 2020.
- As a result, the Consular Section of U.S. Embassy Havana will offer only emergency U.S. citizen services and emergency nonimmigrant visa services.