COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09/15/2020

Event: On September 1, new COVID related restrictions were imposed in the province of Havana by the local government.  The new restrictive measures are related to the movement of people and vehicles, and the sale of products.  The new measures include a daily curfew from 7pm until 5am, reduced operating hours for essential businesses like supermarkets, and reduced availability of fuel.  These measures have been extended until September 30, but may be extended if COVID related health conditions do not improve.  Non-compliance with these measures and hygiene protocols may result in fines and possibly more severe measures.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Cuba has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. State media reported they are under quarantine and treatment at a designated health care facility.
  • On January 28, the Cuban government announced the formulation of an interagency working group to direct host government response to COVID-19 chaired by the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP). On March 10, state media reported the Cuban government continues to closely monitor the situation and is testing suspected cases in accordance with updates provided by its interagency working group.
  • 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.

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
  • On March 20, the Government of Cuba announced the closure of its borders to non-Cuban citizens.
  • On April 2, the Cuban government suspended the arrival and departure of all international flights. The suspension has been extended until September 30, 2020.
  • 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.  It is important for each traveler to contact the local immigration office as early as possible to avoid delays at the airport.  Contact information for local immigration offices can be found here: https://www.minint.gob.cu/tramites/4#table-link  

Movement Restrictions:

  •  Is a curfew in place?  Yes
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  Yes

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes
  • When Cuba does re-open, a mandatory quarantine in a government facility may be required for all incoming travelers.
  • Authorities may isolate individuals arriving from COVID-19 high-risk countries, or those exhibiting symptoms similar to COVID-19, as well as require screening and evaluation at a local hospital or clinic.
  • Due to shortages of critical medications and supplies, travelers outside Havana may be escorted to more well-equipped facilities as directed by attending physicians.
  • Cuban authorities report those individuals who require quarantine will be transferred to select facilities to complete treatment in isolation for 14 days.
  • 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 Cubanpassports. Cuban-born U.S. citizens will be treated as Cuban citizens and may be subject to restrictions and obligations.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes, but limited

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Non-compliance with Cuban government measures and hygiene protocols may result in fines.

Consular Operations:

  • In the event of an emergency, U.S. citizens can contact us at +53-7839-4100 or email us at ACSHavana@state.gov.
  • The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy Havana is suspending routine U.S. citizen services effective March 16, 2020.  Applicants with appointments already scheduled will receive email correspondence when routine services resume.
  • As a result, the Consular Section of U.S. Embassy Havana will offer only emergency U.S. citizen services and emergency nonimmigrant visa services.

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