Traffic Accidents and Road Safety

Visitors should be aware that driving in Cuba carries many risks. Many roads and vehicles are poorly maintained and drivers found responsible for accidents may be barred from leaving the country during investigations. Drivers found responsible for accidents resulting in serious injury or death could be sentenced to prison terms of up to ten years. Cuban authorities may prohibit drivers of rental cars who are involved in accidents from leaving the country until all claims associated with an accident are settled. If you need to drive, drive defensively and avoid driving at night. For more information, visit