Summary

Hurricane Ian passed over Western Cuba on 27 September. In the aftermath of a hurricane in Cuba, power, communications and water supplies can be disrupted. Even in holiday resorts, utility services may not be guaranteed. See our Tropical Cyclones page for further advice on what to expect in the aftermath of a hurricane.

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Cuba’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

It is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. COVID insurance cover is compulsory for travel to Cuba. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

The British Embassy in Havana is open to the public by appointment only. If you need emergency consular assistance you should telephone the Embassy +53 7 214 2200 and select the option for emergency consular assistance (note there is a short time delay to connect to the officer). It may take some time to be connected.

The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) was removed from circulation on 1 January 2021. The Cuban National Peso (CUP) is now the currency in use. See Money.

The hurricane season in Cuba normally runs from June to November. You should monitor weather updates and track the progress of approaching storms. See Natural disasters.

Electricity and fuel supplies can be affected at short notice. Government measures may include prioritising supplies for essential services, and reducing transport services. 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

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Cuba, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Most visits to Cuba are trouble free.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.