COVID-19 Information

Last updated: January 21, 2022

On January 18, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory given a high level of COVID-19 in Cuba.  Unvaccinated U.S. citizens should avoid nonessential travel to Cuba.  All travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.  Do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated with FDA authorized vaccine.  Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

 Effective December 6, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination or citizenship status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.

All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information:

  • 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.
  • 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 in cash.

COVID-19 Testing in Cuba:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Cuba? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day?   All test results will be returned in hard copy.
  • 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 testing providers based on information provided by local providers. Effective January 19, 2022, pre-travel PCR and antigen COVID-19 tests for Cuban nationals with residency in Havana will be offered exclusively in the traveler’s municipality of residence. Travelers must present their Cuban identity card, airline ticket, and passport at the time of testing.  For more information on the authorized testing locations in Havana, please review this linked article. Note: This linked list and article are 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.  Inclusion on this list and in the linked article 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 of private testing providers based on information provided by local providers.
  • CDC requires a negative COVID-19 test result prior to air travel to the United States. For additional information on COVID-19 testing requirements for travel to the United States, please see this CDC’s webpage.

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?   Vaccines in Cuba are only available to U.S. citizens who have Cuban resident status.
  • Which vaccines are available in Cuba? Abdala, Soberana 1, Soberana 2, Soberana Plus, and Sinopharm.
  • Visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’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 this CDC website for information on COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, but only with proof of vaccination if arriving from the United States.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?   Effective January 5, 2021, a negative RT-PCR test performed no later than 72 hours before travel to Cuba is required, in addition to proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?    Cuban health authorities will randomly select arriving passengers for COVID-19 screening, to include the collection of a sample for a PCR test.
  • All passengers arriving in Cuba must confirm they have submitted a sworn declaration about their biographic data and COVID-19 vaccination status. Passengers may complete the confirmation form online before they travel at:  https://www.dviajeros.mitrans.gob.cu/inicio.  Upon submission of the electronic form, passengers will receive a QR code to present to Cuban health and immigration authorities when they arrive in Cuba.
  • 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/.
  • Cuban nationals must appear before a family health practitioner or at a community health office within 48 hours of arrival in Cuba for additional screening measures.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  No

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • 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.

Consular Operations:

  • 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.
  • S. Embassy Havana offers only emergency U.S. citizen services and emergency nonimmigrant visa services.

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