Foreign travel advice



Former President Fidel Castro passed away in Havana on 25 November 2016. The government has announced an official mourning period of 9 days, until noon on 4 December 2016. All public events have been cancelled. The former President’s ashes are being taken from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. There will be a rally in Santiago de Cuba at 7pm on 3 December 2016, and a private ceremony there on 4 December 2016. You should monitor local media, or get information from your tour operator or hotel about possible road closures or new information from the government.

The hurricane season in Cuba normally runs from June to November. Hurricane Matthew hit eastern Cuba on 4-5 October 2016. Power, communications, water supplies and transport in parts of Guantanamo Province may still be disrupted. You should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities. Contact your airline or tour operator to confirm travel arrangements, and check their websites for updates on services. See Natural Disasters, which has information about the damage and risks after a hurricane.

You must take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. You will be expected to present your insurance policy on arrival in the country.

Crime levels are low and mainly in the form of opportunistic theft. See Crime

Be cautious when travelling in Cuba. Driving standards are variable. See Road travel

UK health authorities have classified Cuba as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Most visits to Cuba are trouble free.