Travel Considerations in Cuba
Cuba poses no particular health or safety risks for travelers though it’s always advised to take reasonable precautions and be aware of your surroundings. We advise you to pack an individualized medical kit including any prescription drugs and painkillers that you might use while traveling in Cuba.
U.S. citizens require no vaccines to visit Cuba.
That being said, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations.
Other advisable inoculations the CDC recommends include: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies.
FOOD AND WATER
It’s always good to take precautions about what you eat and drink when traveling to Cuba. To avoid parasites, avoid drinking tap water and instead drink bottled water or bring a filter such as a LifeStraw or similar. As for food, food purchased on the street presents the highest risk as no authorized regulatory organization ensures proper hygiene.
With Cuba’s strong summer sun and high humidity, sun and heat exposure along with dehydration can present health risks. Use sunscreen, drink lots of water, and limit sun exposure when you can.
Cuba mandates that all foreign travelers have medical insurance which includes evacuation if serious medical attention is needed. If you fly with a U.S. airline from the U.S. this coverage is included in the purchase of your air ticket.
The CDC has reported Zika outbreaks in Cuba and advises travelers to practice enhanced precautions. Check out the CDC's website for updated travel alerts, and please review our prepared Zika Virus Travel Tips on the Health & Safety dropdown menu to help you travel healthy.
Cuba remains a generally safe country for travelers. Petty theft remains the most common safety threat, though preventative measures and vigilance go a long way to keep your items safe. Expect attention from jinteros, hustlers, and watch out for street operators.