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May 01, 2010
Health and medical insurance required for travel in Cuba

The government of Cuba has announced that, effective May 1, 2010, all travellers arriving in that country will be required to provide proof of health and medical insurance coverage.  Otherwise, they will be required to purchase coverage from Cuban authorities.

The insurance should be purchased in the traveller's home country from the Cuban government's approved list of insurance providers.  Those arriving in Cuba without proper coverage will be required to purchase it from Asistur S.A., a Cuban travel insurance provider.  Asistur S.A. has facilities available at arrival centres in Cuban airports and ports so that incoming passengers may purchase the appropriate coverage.

The following lists the Cuban-approved travel insurance carriers in Canada:

  • ACM
  • Assured Assistance
  • CanAssistance
  • Desjardins (Sigma-Assistel)
  • Fox Flight
  • Global Excel (including Medi-Select, Viator/ETFS)
  • Health Insurance Division
  • ICMS-Worldwide Emergency Assist (Toronto)
  • John Ingle Insurance
  • Keewatin Air
  • Magnus Poirier
  • Medical Services Association
  • Mondial Assistance
  • Poltrutt & Smith
  • Sigma-Assistel
  • Sky Service-FBO Inc.
  • World Access Canada
  • World Travel Protection
  • Worldwide Mediclaim


To see letters of confirmation of coverage from selected insurers, go to the log-on pages of the member or trustee portals.

For more information, contact the Cuban embassy in Canada at:

Embassy of Cuba
388 Main Street
Ottawa, ON   K1S 1E3
Phone:  613-563-0141

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