COVID-19 Information

August 7 Update:

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  For more information, see the Department’s Global Health Advisory.

The latest U.S. Embassy Havana news and important alerts for U.S. citizens can be found here:  https://cu.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/

To receive these alert messages directly in your email inbox, please register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://step.state.gov.

In the event of an emergency, U.S. citizens can contact us at +53-7839-4100 or email us at ACSHavana@state.gov.

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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:  

  • 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 August 15, 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  

Quarantine Information:  

  • 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 Cuban passports. Cuban-born U.S. citizens will be treated as Cuban citizens and may be subject to restrictions and obligations.

Local Resources: 

  • 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.

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