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

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Havana, Cuba, May 14, 2020

Location:  Cuba

Event:  On May 13 and 14, the U.S. Embassy facilitated the repatriation of more than 700 American citizens and qualified Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) to the United States.

On May 13, the Cuban Government extended the closure of the airport until at least June 30.  The U.S. Embassy will provide updates on the airport operating status as information becomes available.

The U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions; however, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to continue to make necessary preparations for an extended stay in Cuba during the quarantine period.

Please note:

  • We cannot guarantee that the Embassy will be able to arrange charter flights in the future.
  • 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.  In order to be considered for any future flights you MUST contact the local immigration office as early as possible. Contact information for local immigration offices can be found here: 
  • Space on potential flights will be limited, requiring us to prioritize placement. Top priority on any upcoming flights will be given to U.S. citizens deemed at higher risk of severe illness, followed by U.S. citizen minors and their U.S. citizen parents, or one foreign national parent, followed by all other U.S. citizens.
  • Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) do not qualify for a higher priority and will receive available seats on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. Embassy is currently only providing emergency services to U.S. citizens. For emergency American Citizens Services, please visit our website for additional information

All remaining U.S. citizens should continue to make necessary preparations for an extended stay in Cuba during the quarantine period.  Please comply with local quarantine requirements, monitor local news for information about Cuban travel advisories, and check with their airline operators regarding future flights.

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.

Actions to Take:

  • Maintain communication with the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.
  • Visit the Department of State COVID-19 information page for the latest information.
  • Visit our U.S. Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information about conditions in Cuba.