COVID-19 Information

April 6 Update:

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Havana, Cuba,

Location:  Cuba

Event:  The U.S. Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to make necessary preparations for an extended stay in Cuba during the quarantine period.  Please comply with local quarantine requirements and strictly follow local authorities.

On April 2, the Cuban government suspended the arrival and departure of all international flights.  They have not announced a date on which the airport will reopen to international flights.  If you choose to book an international flight now for a future date of travel, we strongly recommend that your ticket is changeable or refundable.

Effective March 17, the U.S. Embassy in Havana suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, please visit our website for additional information https://cu.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

While the U.S. Embassy is exploring options to address the current travel disruptions, we encourage all U.S. citizens in Cuba to register with the U.S. State Department using the following link: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and to monitor the Embassy website and Twitter feed for up-to-date information.

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 16, 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 April 2, the Cuban government will suspend the arrival and departure of all international flights.
  • On March 20, the Government of Cuba announced the closure of its borders to non-Cuban citizens.
  • Foreign travelers are currently permitted to exit, however, should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
  • While foreign travelers are currently permitted to exit, 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:  

  • 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-quipped 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 anti fever 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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