Planning an island getaway? Cuba is one of the most popular destinations for Canadians. It’s a relatively short flight away, and it’s an island that has many attractions. Because travel insurance is mandatory for travellers in Cuba, make sure you have it before taking off to ensure you have the coverage you need just in case things don’t go as planned.
You will also have to present proof of insurance; if you don’t have an insurance policy by the time you get to the airport, you’ll have to purchase one before flying.
Travel Insurance Form
Travel tips for Cuba
Canadians must have a valid passport to enter Cuba. A tourist card or visa (provided by the airline or tour guide), or a business or student visa, is required for entry into the country.
There is a mandatory airport tax of 25 convertible pesos, and you may be subjected to a health exam upon entering or exiting the country, in addition to being asked for proof of a valid insurance policy for any health expenses that may be incurred while visiting Cuba.
The best time of the year to travel to Cuba is November to March, and July to August, with the average temperature being 25°C. Hurricane season is June to November.
Safety and security
Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs.
Theft generally occurs in crowded places such as:
- tourist areas
- public buses
- night clubs
It can also occur in isolated areas.
Theft from hotel rooms, particularly in private accommodations (casas particulares), and from cars is common.
- Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
- Don’t pack valuables in your checked luggage
- Avoid showing signs of affluence
- Keep electronic devices out of sight
- Carry valid identification at all times
- Keep a digital and a hard copy of your ID and travel documents
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
- Never leave belongings unattended in a vehicle, even in the trunk