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COVID-19 : conseils de santé pour tous les voyageurs

Conseils aux voyageurs pour Cuba

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Date de la dernière mise à jour : 18 janvier 2024 14:15 ET

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Faites preuve d’une grande prudence  à Cuba en raison des pénuries de produits de première nécessité, notamment de nourriture, de médicaments et de carburant.

Stations balnéaires - Prenez des mesures de sécurité normales

  • Cayo Largo del Sur;
  • Cayo Santa Maria;
  • Guardalavaca;

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Crimes mineurs

Les crimes mineurs, tels que les vols à la tire et les vols de sacs à main, surviennent.

Les vols se produisent généralement dans des lieux très fréquentés, tels que :

  • les endroits touristiques;
  • les marchés;
  • les autobus publics;
  • les boîtes de nuit;
  • les plages.

Ils peuvent également survenir dans des endroits isolés.

Les vols dans les chambres d'hôtel, en particulier dans les logements privés (casas particulares) et dans les voitures sont fréquents.

  • Rangez toujours en lieu sûr vos effets personnels, y compris votre passeport et vos autres documents de voyage;
  • Ne mettez pas d'objets de valeur dans vos bagages enregistrés;
  • Ayez toujours avec vous une pièce d’identité valide;
  • Conservez une copie numérique et une copie papier de vos pièces d'identité et de vos documents de voyage;
  • Évitez de vous balader avec de grosses sommes d'argent comptant; 
  • Évitez de faire étalage de richesse;
  • Évitez d’utiliser appareils électroniques en public; 
  • Ne laissez jamais vos effets personnels sans surveillance dans un véhicule, même dans le coffre arrière.

Crimes violents

Les crimes violents ne sont pas fréquents, mais des agressions peuvent se produire. Elles surviennent surtout au moment d'un cambriolage ou d'un vol.

  • Séjournez dans un hébergement offrant des mesures de sécurité adéquates;
  • Prenez soin de verrouiller portes et fenêtres en tout temps;
  • Ne résistez pas si on vous menace.

Il se commet des fraudes liées aux cartes de crédit et à l’utilisation des guichets automatiques.

Lorsque vous utilisez votre carte de débit ou de crédit :

  • soyez vigilant si vos cartes sont manipulées par d’autres personnes pour un paiement;
  • utilisez des guichets automatiques situés dans des endroits publics ou à l’intérieur d’une banque ou d’un commerce;
  • évitez les lecteurs de cartes à l’aspect inhabituel;
  • couvrez le clavier d’une main lorsque vous entrez votre NIP;
  • vérifiez votre relevé de compte pour y détecter toute transaction non autorisée.

Surfacturation

Certains établissements, tels que les taxis et les commerçants qui font la location de voitures classiques, peuvent tenter de vous facturer des prix exorbitants. Les discussions au sujet de la surfacturation peuvent tourner à la violence.

  • Confirmez toujours le prix d’un article avant de commander ou de faire appel à un service; 
  • Ne laissez pas de facture ouverte;  
  • Évitez de confier votre carte de crédit au personnel du bar ou du restaurant; 
  • Vérifiez l’exactitude de votre addition avant de payer. 

Certains escrocs se spécialisent dans les arnaques touristiques. Certains d'entre eux connaissent un peu l’anglais ou le français et font de grands efforts pour paraître sympathiques. Ils peuvent proposer leurs services comme guides touristiques ou pour aider à l'achat de cigares. Certains ont eu recours à la violence pour voler des touristes.

Des agents touristiques et des chauffeurs de taxi frauduleux opèrent également dans l’ensemble du pays, y compris à l'aéroport international de La Havane. Des vols de bagages dans le coffre arrière de voitures de taxis se sont produits.

Dans les bars, les travailleurs du sexe, parfois mineurs, peuvent se montrer très insistants et envahissants vis-à-vis des touristes qui refusent leurs avances. Des étrangers, y compris des Canadiens, ont été victimes de vols après avoir accepté leurs avances. Certains touristes ont également été accusés de relations sexuelles avec des mineurs.

  • Ne faites appel qu'à des voyagistes de bonne réputation et à des taxis enregistrés;
  • Évitez les vendeurs ambulants;
  • Méfiez-vous des étrangers qui se montrent trop sympathiques.

La fraude à l’étranger

Pénuries

Cuba est confronté à de graves pénuries de produits de première nécessité tels que :

  • la nourriture;
  • l'eau en bouteille;
  • l’approvisionnement en eau publique;  
  • les médicaments;
  • le carburant
  • l’argent en espèce.

Les pénuries de carburant sont actuellement critiques et affectent de nombreux services. Il est extrêmement difficile de se déplacer sur l'île. Les services de transport public, y compris les taxis, sont souvent interrompus, ce qui laisse peu d'options aux touristes pour se déplacer. Certains voyageurs se sont retrouvés temporairement coincés avec une voiture de location. Des pénuries intermittentes d'eau du robinet fournie par les municipalités se produisent, y compris à La Havane et dans les stations balnéaires.

Les hôtels et les centres de villégiature, qui utilisent souvent des génératrices pendant les pannes d'électricité, pourraient ne pas être en mesure de maintenir leurs services. Les pénuries de carburant peuvent également affecter les services gouvernementaux.

Les autorités locales imposent le rationnement de la nourriture et des médicaments, ce qui pourrait également affecter les voyageurs.

Les pénuries pourraient perturber d'autres services essentiels. Il y a de longues files d'attente aux pompes des stations-service, ce qui a donné lieu à des altercations.

  • Planifiez en conséquence;
  • Prévoyez d’apporter des produits de première nécessité, tels que des articles de toilette et des médicaments;
  • Gardez des réserves d'eau, de nourriture et de carburant à portée de main;
  • Assurez-vous d'avoir toujours accès à une trousse d'urgence complète.

Pannes d’électricité

Des pannes d’électricité surviennent régulièrement en dehors de La Havane et des endroits touristiques.

Il est difficile d'obtenir des services pendant une panne.

Sécurité des femmes

Les femmes qui voyagent seules peuvent faire l'objet de harcèlement et de violence verbale. 

Des agressions sexuelles ont été commises contre des Canadiennes, y compris dans des stations balnéaires.

Si vous êtes victime d'une agression sexuelle, vous devriez le signaler immédiatement au consulat ou à l'ambassade du Canada le plus proche et demander une assistance médicale. Vous devriez également rapporter l’incident aux autorités cubaines et veiller à ce que la police locale vous remette un Comprobante de Denuncia. Ce document confirme qu'une plainte a été déposée.

Une enquête criminelle ne sera probablement pas possible si vous quittez le pays sans avoir déposé une plainte officielle auprès des autorités cubaines.

Les policiers pourraient ne parler que l'espagnol.

Conseils pour les voyageuses

Aliments et boissons contenant des drogues 

Les collations, boissons, gommes à mâcher ou cigarettes peuvent contenir de la drogue et vous exposer au risque de vol ou d’agression sexuelle.

  • Méfiez-vous de ces produits offerts par de nouvelles connaissances; 
  • Ne laissez jamais vos aliments ou vos boissons sans surveillance ou sous la responsabilité d’inconnus. 

Télécommunications

Le réseau de télécommunications à Cuba est déficient. Les connexions sont peu fiables et peuvent être intermittentes.

Certains téléphones portables canadiens peuvent ne pas fonctionner, même dans les grandes villes. L'accès à Internet est limité sur l'ensemble de l'île.

Les autorités locales contrôlent les télécommunications. Elles peuvent bloquer l'accès aux téléphones portables et à Internet en cas de troubles civils ou avant des manifestations.

  • Ne comptez pas sur votre téléphone portable en cas d’urgence, surtout en dehors des grandes villes;
  • Abonnez-vous à un service VPN et installez-le avant de quitter le Canada;
  • Évitez de voyager seul;
  • Informez un proche de votre itinéraire.

Transactions en ligne

Les opérations bancaires ou les achats en ligne peuvent être difficiles à Cuba, voire impossibles. La plupart des sites web cubains ne sont pas sécurisés. Beaucoup sont inaccessibles.

Certains voyageurs, qui ont acheté leur voyage en ligne au Canada, ont découvert à leur arrivée à Cuba que leur hôtel n'avait reçu ni réservation ni paiement.

  • Évitez les achats en ligne;
  • Vérifiez auprès de l'hôtel s'il accepte les réservations et les paiements électroniques si vous avez l'intention de réserver votre séjour en ligne.

Manifestations

Des manifestations surviennent parfois, même s'il est illégal d'y participer. Les autorités locales disperseront les manifestations ou les rassemblements politiques qui ne sont pas sanctionnés par le gouvernement. Elles peuvent également bloquer l'accès à Internet, y compris aux médias sociaux, sans préavis.

Même les manifestations qui se veulent pacifiques peuvent soudainement donner lieu à des actes de violence. Elles peuvent également perturber la circulation et les transports publics de façon importante. 

  • Évitez les endroits où se tiennent des manifestations et de grands rassemblements; 
  • Suivez les directives des autorités locales; 
  • Consultez régulièrement les médias locaux pour vous tenir au courant des manifestations en cours. 

Rassemblements de masse (événements à grande échelle)

Activités aquatiques

Les services de sauvetage ne sont pas toujours conformes aux normes internationales.  Les changements de marée et les vents forts peuvent provoquer de dangereux contre-courants.  Certaines plages sont sans surveillance ou ne disposent pas de drapeaux d’avertissement pour prévenir des conditions dangereuses.

  • Ne vous baignez jamais seul ou en dehors des heures d’ouverture;
  • Respectez les zones réservées à la baignade;
  • Surveillez les alertes météorologiques;
  • Évitez les plages et les zones côtières si les prévisions météorologiques sont mauvaises; 
  • Ne plongez pas dans des eaux inconnues, car les rochers dissimulés ou les eaux peu profondes peuvent provoquer de graves blessures, voire la mort;
  • Consultez les résidents et les voyagistes pour obtenir des informations sur les risques éventuels et les zones de baignade sécuritaires; 
  • Suivez les conseils des autorités locales. 

Plongée

Les voyagistes et les centres de plongée ne se conforment pas toujours aux normes internationales. 

Si vous pratiquez un sport d'aventure tel que de la plongée :

  • faites appel à une entreprise de bonne réputation qui possède des assurances; 
  • n’utilisez pas l’équipement si vous doutez de sa sécurité;
  • assurez-vous que votre assurance voyage couvre les incidents liés à ce type d’activités récréatives.

Navigation de plaisance

Si vous prévoyez faire de la navigation de plaisance :

  • respectez le code de conduite maritime;
  • ayez des gilets de sauvetage disponibles pour tous les passagers; 
  • adoptez des pratiques sécuritaires pour toutes les activités nautiques telles que la motomarine, le ski nautique ou la pêche;
  • ne surchargez pas votre embarcation; 
  • munissez-votre d’une radio maritime VHF qui signalera votre position en cas d’urgence. 
  • soyez prêt à faire face aux situations d'urgence.

Sécurité nautique à l'étranger

Sécurité routière

Le niveau de la sécurité routière laisse à désirer dans l’ensemble du pays. Les accidents mortels sont fréquents.

État des routes

L'état des routes laisse à désirer partout sur l’Île, à l'exception de l'autoroute centrale, qui traverse le pays d'ouest en est. La conduite peut être dangereuse en raison :  

  • des routes mal entretenues;
  • du manque de signalisation;
  • de l’éclairage insuffisant;
  • du bétail errant;
  • des voitures tirées par des chevaux;
  • des piétons;
  • de la circulation lente.

La plupart des voitures cubaines sont vieilles et en mauvais état. Elles sont souvent dépourvues de l’équipement de sécurité de base. Certaines voitures et la plupart des motocyclettes n'ont pas de feux fonctionnels.

Habitudes de conduite

Les conducteurs ne respectent pas toujours le code de la route. Un bon nombre d'entre eux conduisent des véhicules électriques pour lesquels le permis et l'immatriculation ne sont pas nécessaires. Ils sont donc inexpérimentés et non qualifiés pour conduire une voiture. La conduite en état d'ébriété est également fréquente. 

Si vous décidez de conduire à Cuba :

  • conduisez toujours de manière préventive;
  • évitez de voyager après la tombée de la nuit;
  • évitez de voyager seul;
  • ne prenez pas de passagers en bordure de route, souvent reconnus comme agresseurs.

Transports publics

Les autobus de ville sont rares, surchargés et mal entretenus. Le service d'autobus n'est pas fiable.

Les incidents de vols sont fréquents.

Les compagnies touristiques offrent un bon service de navette entre les aéroports et les centres de villégiature. Les autobus utilisés pour les excursions organisées à partir des hôtels sont généralement en bon état.

Les taxis officiels sont généralement fiables.

Les voitures anciennes proposées comme taxis ne sont pas équipées d’équipement de sécurité standard. Ces compagnies n’offrent pas d’assurance pour les passagers en cas d'accident.

  • N'utilisez que des taxis enregistrés;
  • Évitez de héler un taxi dans la rue;
  • Ne partagez jamais un taxi avec des inconnus;
  • Négociez le tarif à l’avance car les taxis ne sont pas équipés de compteurs.

Le réseau ferroviaire est vaste et relie la majeure partie de l'île, mais il est peu fiable et lent. Le service de train est limité aux Cubains.

Incidents de santé

Le gouvernement du Canada continue d'enquêter sur les causes possibles des incidents de santé inexpliqués signalés par certains diplomates canadiens et leurs personnes à charge en poste à La Havane.

Rien ne laisse croire que les voyageurs canadiens qui se rendent à Cuba sont exposés à un risque particulier.

Transport aérien

Nous n’évaluons pas dans quelle mesure les compagnies aériennes intérieures étrangères respectent les normes internationales de sécurité.

Renseignements sur les vols intérieurs dans d’autres pays

Ce sont les autorités d’un pays ou d’un territoire qui décident qui peut en franchir les frontières. Le gouvernement du Canada ne peut pas intervenir en votre nom si vous ne répondez pas aux exigences d’entrée et de sortie du pays ou territoire où vous vous rendez.

L’information contenue dans cette page a été obtenue auprès des autorités cubaines. Elle peut cependant changer à tout moment.

Confirmez ces renseignements auprès des Représentants étrangers au Canada . 

Les exigences d’entrée varient selon le type de passeport que vous utilisez pour voyager.

Avant de partir, vérifiez auprès de votre transporteur quelles sont ses exigences au sujet des passeports. Ses règles sur la durée de validité des passeports sont peut-être plus strictes que les règles d’entrée du pays où vous vous rendez.

Passeport canadien régulier

Votre passeport doit être valide pendant la durée de votre séjour à Cuba.

Passeport pour voyages officiels

Des exigences d’entrée différentes peuvent s’appliquer.

Voyages officiels

Passeport indiquant un identifiant de genre «X»

Bien que le gouvernement du Canada délivre des passeports indiquant un identifiant de genre «X», il ne peut garantir votre entrée ou votre transit dans d’autres pays. Vous pourriez faire face à des restrictions d’entrée dans les pays qui ne reconnaissent pas l’identifiant de genre «X». Avant de partir, vérifiez cette information auprès des représentants étrangers de votre pays de destination.

Autres documents de voyage

Les exigences d’entrée peuvent être différentes si vous voyagez avec un passeport temporaire ou un titre de voyage d’urgence. Avant de partir, renseignez-vous auprès des représentants étrangers du pays où vous voulez entrer.

Liens utiles

  • Représentants étrangers au Canada
  • Passeports canadiens

Visa de touriste : exigé Visa familial : exigé Visa d’affaires : exigé

Carte touristique

Les touristes canadiens qui se rendent à Cuba ont besoin d'un visa, appelé carte touristique. La carte touristique vous permet de séjourner à Cuba pendant un maximum de 90 jours. La carte touristique est généralement incluse dans les forfaits proposés par les voyagistes ou les compagnies aériennes assurant des vols directs à partir du Canada. Si vous vous rendez à Cuba par vos propres moyens, ou si vous transitez par un autre pays, vous êtes responsable d'obtenir la carte touristique auprès d'un bureau du gouvernement cubain au Canada. Vous pouvez également l'acheter dans certains aéroports au Canada et aux États-Unis.

Durée du séjour

En tant que touriste canadien, vous pouvez rester à Cuba jusqu'à 6 mois.

Vous devrez toutefois obtenir une prolongation de séjour si vous avez l'intention de rester plus longtemps que la période initiale de 90 jours autorisée par la carte touristique régulière.

Portail d'information aux voyageurs D’Viajeros  – Gouvernement de Cuba

Formulaire d’arrivée

Vous devez signaler votre arrivée à Cuba en remplissant un formulaire en ligne dans les 72 heures précédant votre entrée dans le pays.

Vous recevrez ensuite un code QR par courriel.

Vous devez présenter une version électronique ou imprimée de ce code QR aux autorités à votre arrivée.

Assurance maladie

Vous devez présenter une preuve d'assurance maladie valide pour entrer à Cuba.

Toutes les polices d'assurance maladie sont reconnues à Cuba, à l'exception de celles émises par les compagnies d'assurance américaines. Toutefois, les autorités de l’immigration détermineront si la preuve d'assurance maladie est acceptable ou non.

La preuve d'assurance maladie peut être :

  • une police d'assurance;
  • un certificat d'assurance;
  • une carte d'assurance maladie provinciale canadienne.

Si vous n'avez pas de preuve d'assurance maladie, ou si la preuve que vous présentez ne satisfait pas les autorités cubaines, vous pourriez devoir souscrire une assurance maladie auprès d'une compagnie d'assurance cubaine à votre arrivée. Cette assurance pourrait avoir une couverture limitée. Les autorités cubaines pourraient vous refuser l'entrée au pays.

L'assurance maladie provinciale canadienne offre une couverture très limitée à l'étranger. Elle n’assume pas les frais médicaux à l’avance. Elle ne couvre pas l'évacuation médicale, pas plus que l'assurance maladie cubaine.

Les autorités cubaines ne vous laisseront pas quitter le pays si vous avez des factures médicales impayées. Vous devrez rester à Cuba jusqu'à ce que toutes vos dettes soient acquittées. Les factures médicales doivent être payées avec une carte de crédit.

  • Veillez à souscrire la meilleure assurance maladie possible;
  • Assurez-vous qu'elle couvre les évacuations médicales et les frais d'hospitalisation.

Plus au sujet de l’assurance voyage

Autres exigences d’entrée

Les douaniers vous demanderont de leur présenter :

  • un billet de retour ou de correspondance;
  • une preuve que vous disposez de fonds suffisants pour la durée de votre séjour;
  • une preuve que vous avez un endroit où loger si vous arrivez sans forfait.

Double citoyenneté

Si vous êtes à la fois citoyen canadien et cubain, vous devez :

  • présenter votre passeport cubain valide aux autorités d'immigration pour entrer à Cuba;
  • avoir un passeport canadien valide pour revenir au Canada.

Si vous êtes né à Cuba, vous devriez contacter un bureau du gouvernement cubain au Canada avant votre départ pour vous assurer que vous respectez la réglementation cubaine, quelle que soit votre citoyenneté actuelle. Vous risquez de vous voir refuser l'entrée à Cuba ou d'être détenu à votre arrivée si vous ne vous conformez pas à la réglementation.

Résidents permanents canadiens

Vous ne pourrez pas quitter Cuba si vous êtes un résident permanent du Canada et que vous n'avez pas de carte de résident permanent valide. Si votre carte est perdue ou volée, vous devrez communiquer avec l'ambassade du Canada à La Havane pour obtenir un titre de voyage qui vous permettra de quitter le pays. Cette procédure peut prendre jusqu'à 10 jours ouvrables. Une fois le document prêt, vous devrez prendre rendez-vous avec la section d’immigration de l'ambassade du Canada à La Havane pour le récupérer avant de rentrer au Canada.

Titre de voyage pour résident permanent : Présenter une demande

Dépistage sanitaire

Les autorités de la santé publique pourraient vous demander de vous soumettre à un dépistage ou à un questionnaire sanitaire au moment de votre arrivée ou de votre départ de Cuba, ou lorsque vous vous présentez pour un vol intérieur.

On pourrait vous mettre en quarantaine pour observation médicale jusqu’à 7 jours si les autorités locales croient que :

  • la maladie à coronavirus COVID-19
  • la maladie à virus Ebola
  • la grippe H1N1
  • la maladie causée par le virus Zika
  • vous avez été en contact avec une personne soupçonnée d’être porteuse d’un de ces virus;
  • vous arrivez d'un pays où sévit une épidémie connue.

Les enfants et le voyage

  • Voyager avec des enfants

Fièvre jaune

Renseignez-vous sur la possibilité d’exigences d’entrée concernant la fièvre jaune (section sur les vaccins).

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Cette section contient des informations sur les risques sanitaires éventuels et les restrictions régulièrement constatées ou en cours dans la destination. Suivez ces conseils pour réduire votre risque de tomber malade en voyage. Tous les risques ne sont pas énumérés ci-dessous.

Consultez un fournisseur de soins de santé ou visitez une clinique santé-voyage de préférence six semaines avant votre départ pour obtenir des conseils et des recommandations personnalisées en matière de santé.

Vaccins de routine

Assurez-vous que vos vaccins de routine , conformément à votre province ou territoire , peu importe votre destination de voyage. 

Parmi ces vaccins, citons le vaccin contre la rougeole, les oreillons et la rubéole (ROR), la diphtérie, le tétanos, la coqueluche, la polio, la varicelle, la grippe et d'autres.

Vaccins et médicaments pré-voyage

Vous pouvez être à risque de maladies évitables lors de votre voyage dans cette destination. Consultez un professionnel de la santé voyage pour savoir quels médicaments ou vaccins pourraient vous convenir, en fonction de votre destination et de votre itinéraire.

La fièvre jaune   est une maladie causée par un flavivirus que se transmet par la piqûre d'un moustique infecté.

Les voyageurs se font vacciner soit parce qu'il s'agit d'une exigence pour entrer dans certains pays, soit parce qu'il est recommandé de le faire pour se protéger contre la fièvre jaune.

  • Il n’y aucun risque de fièvre jaune dans ce pays.

Les exigences liées à l'entrée*

  • Une preuve de vaccination est exigée des voyageurs en provenance des   pays   où sévit la fièvre jaune   (lien en anglais seulement) ou ayant transité par un aéroport de ces pays.

Recommandation

  • La vaccination n’est pas recommandée.
  • Discutez de vos plans, de vos activités et de vos destinations de voyage avec un professionnel de la santé.
  • Il est important que les voyageurs communiquent avec un   Centre de vaccination contre la fièvre jaune désigné   bien à l'avance de leur voyage pour assurer leur vaccination.

À propos de la fièvre jaune

Centre de vaccination contre la fièvre jaune désigné *Il est important de souligner que les   exigences liées à l'entrée   (en anglais seulement) dans un pays pourraient ne pas correspondre à votre risque de contracter la fièvre jaune à cet endroit. Il est également recommandé de communiquer avec la   mission diplomatique ou consulaire   de la ou des destinations où vous comptez vous rendre pour vérifier s'il y a d'autres exigences d'entrée.

Il existe un risque d' hépatite A  dans cette destination. C'est une maladie du foie. Les gens peuvent contracter l'hépatite A s'ils ingèrent des aliments ou de l'eau contaminés, mangent des aliments préparés par une personne infectieuse ou s'ils ont un contact physique étroit (comme des relations sexuelles orales ou anales) avec une personne infectieuse, bien qu'un contact occasionnel entre les personnes ne propage pas l'hépatite A virus.

Prenez des précautions en matière de sécurité alimentaire et d’eau et lavez-vous souvent les mains.

La meilleure façon de se protéger contre la grippe saisonnière est de se faire vacciner chaque année. Faites-vous vacciner contre la grippe au moins 2 semaines avant de voyager.

 La grippe est présente dans le monde entier.

  • Dans l'hémisphère Nord, la saison grippale s'étend généralement de novembre à avril.
  • Dans l'hémisphère Sud, la saison grippale s'étend généralement entre avril et octobre.
  • Sous les tropiques, l'activité grippale est présente toute l'année.

Le vaccin contre la grippe disponible dans un hémisphère peut n’offrir qu’une protection partielle contre la grippe dans l’autre hémisphère.

Le virus de la grippe se transmet d'une personne à l'autre lorsqu'elle tousse ou éternue ou en touchant des objets et des surfaces contaminés par le virus. Lavez-vous souvent les mains et portez un masque si vous avez de la fièvre ou des symptômes respiratoires.

La rage est transmise par les chiens et certains animaux sauvages, notamment les chauves-souris, dans cette destination. La rage est une maladie mortelle qui se transmet aux humains principalement par les morsures ou les griffures d'un animal infecté. Pendant le voyage, prenez des précautions , notamment en vous tenant à distance des animaux (y compris les chiens en liberté) et en surveillant de près les enfants.

Si vous êtes mordu ou égratigné par un animal lors d'un voyage, lavez immédiatement la plaie avec de l'eau propre et du savon, et consultez un professionnel de la santé. Le traitement antirabique est souvent disponible dans cette destination.

Avant de voyager, consultez un professionnel de la santé au sujet de la vaccination contre la rage. Elle peut être recommandée pour les voyageurs qui présentent un risque élevé d'exposition (par exemple, les vétérinaires et les travailleurs de la faune, les enfants, les voyageurs d'aventure et les spéléologues, ainsi que les personnes en contact étroit avec des animaux).

La rougeole est une maladie virale très contagieuse. Elle peut se propager rapidement d'une personne à l'autre par contact direct et par les gouttelettes dans l'air.

Toute personne qui n'est pas protégée contre la rougeole risque d'en être infectée lorsqu'elle voyage à l'étranger.

Peu importe où vous allez, consultez un professionnel de la santé avant votre départ pour vous assurer d'être entièrement protégé contre la rougeole.

L'hépatite B est un risque dans toutes les destinations. Il s’agit d’une maladie virale du foie qui se transmet facilement d’une personne à une autre par exposition au sang et aux liquides organiques contenant le virus de l’hépatite B. Les voyageurs susceptibles d'être exposés au sang ou à d'autres fluides corporels (par exemple, par contact sexuel, traitement médical, partage d'aiguilles, tatouage, acupuncture ou exposition professionnelle) courent un risque plus élevé de contracter l'hépatite B.

La vaccination contre l'hépatite B est recommandée à tous les voyageurs. Prévenez l’infection par l’hépatite B en pratiquant des relations sexuelles protégées, en utilisant uniquement du matériel médical neuf et stérile et en vous faisant tatouer et percer uniquement dans des environnements qui respectent les réglementations et normes de santé publique.

La   maladie à coronavirus (COVID-19) est une maladie infectieuse virale qui peut se propager d’une personne à l’autre par un contact direct et par des gouttelettes projetées dans l’air.

Il est recommandé que tous les voyageurs admissibles reçoivent la série complète d’un vaccin contre la COVID-19 ainsi que toute dose supplémentaire recommandée au Canada avant de voyager. Les données probantes révèlent que les vaccins sont très efficaces pour prévenir les formes graves de la COVID-19, les hospitalisations et la mort. Bien que la vaccination offre une meilleure protection contre les maladies graves, vous pouvez toujours être exposé au risque d'infection par le virus responsable de la COVID-19. Quiconque n’étant pas entièrement vacciné court un risque accru de contracter le virus qui cause la COVID-19, ainsi qu'un risque accru d'être gravement malade lors d’un voyage à l’étranger.

 Avant de voyager, vérifiez les exigences d'entrée/sortie de votre destination en matière de vaccination contre la COVID-19.Peu importe votre destination, discutez avec un professionnel de la santé avant de voyager afin de vous assurer d’être bien protégé contre la COVID-19.

Précautions pour la nourriture et l'eau

De nombreuses maladies peuvent être causées par la consommation d'aliments ou de boissons contaminées par des bactéries, des parasites, des toxines ou des virus, ou par la baignade dans une eau contaminée.

  • Pour en savoir plus sur les précautions à prendre en matière de nourriture et d'eau pour éviter de tomber malade, consultez notre page mangez et buvez en toute sécurité à l'étranger .  Rappelez-vous : N'ingérez rien qui n'ait été bouilli, cuit ou pelé!
  • Évitez de vous mettre de l'eau dans les yeux, la bouche ou le nez lorsque vous vous baignez ou participez à des activités en eau douce (ruisseaux, canaux, lacs), particulièrement après une inondation ou de fortes pluies. L'eau peut sembler propre, mais elle peut quand même être polluée ou contaminée.
  • Évitez d'inhaler ou d'avaler de l'eau lorsque vous vous baignez, prenez une douche ou nagez dans des piscines ou des spas.

La diarrhée du voyageur est la maladie qui touche le plus fréquemment les voyageurs. Elle se transmet par la consommation d'eau ou d'aliments contaminés.

Le risque de contracter la diarrhée du voyageur est accru dans les régions où les conditions de salubrité et d'hygiène sont déficientes. Faites attention à ce que vous mangez et buvez.

Le traitement le plus important contre la diarrhée du voyageur est la réhydratation (buvez beaucoup de liquides). Apportez des sels pour réhydratation orale lors de votre voyage.

La   fièvre typhoïde   est une infection bactérienne transmise par l’eau ou d’aliments contaminés. Le risque est plus élevé pour les enfants, les voyageurs allant vers les zones rurales, visiter des amis et parent ou pendeant une longue période de temps. 

Les voyageurs visitant des régions à risque de fièvre typhoïde, surtout ceux exposés à des endroits avec mauvaises conditions d’hygiène devraient parler à un professionnel de la santé de vaccination.

La salmonellose est une maladie courante chez les voyageurs qui visitent ce pays. Elle peut se propager par les aliments ou les boissons contaminés, comme la volaille et les œufs crus ou mal cuits ainsi que les fruits ou les légumes.

Respectez les pratiques générales de salubrité des aliments . Ne mangez que les aliments bien cuits et qui sont encore chauds lorsqu’ils sont servis.

Les femmes enceintes, les enfants de moins de 5 ans, les personnes de plus de 60 ans et celles dont le système immunitaire est affaibli risquent davantage de tomber gravement malades.

La plupart des gens se rétablissent par eux-mêmes sans traitement médical et après une réhydratation adéquate (en buvant beaucoup de liquides).

  • Apportez des sels de réhydratation orale lorsque vous partez en voyage.

Les voyageurs qui présentent des symptômes graves doivent consulter un professionnel de la santé dès que possible.

Préventions des piqûres d'insectes

De nombreuses maladies sont transmises par les piqûres d'insectes infectés tels que les moustiques, les tiques, les puces ou les mouches. Lorsque vous voyagez dans des zones où des insectes infectés peuvent être présents :

  • Utilisez un insectifuge (insecticide) sur la peau exposée
  • Couvrez-vous avec des vêtements amples, de couleur claire, faits de matériaux à tissage serré telle que le nylon ou le polyester
  • Réduisez au minimum l'exposition aux insectes
  • Utilisez une moustiquaire lorsque vous dormez à l'extérieur ou dans des bâtiments qui ne sont pas entièrement clos

Pour en savoir plus sur la manière dont vous pouvez réduire votre risque d'infection et de maladie causée par les piqûres, tant au pays qu'à l'étranger, consultez notre page sur la prévention des piqûres d’insectes .

Découvrez quels types d'insectes sont présents là où vous voyagez, quand ils sont les plus actifs et les symptômes des maladies qu'ils propagent.

Il y a  un risque de chikungunya dans ce pays.  Le risque peut varier d'une région à l'autre dans le pays.   Le chikungunya est un virus transmis par la piqûre d'un mousitque infecté. Le chikungunya peut provoquer une maladie virale qui provoque habituellement de la fièvre et des douleurs articulaires de type arthritique. Dans certains cas, la douleur articulaire peut être sévère et durer des mois ou des années.

Protégez-vous contre les piqûres de moustiques en tout temps. Il n'existe aucun vaccin contre le chikungunya.

  • Dans ce pays, la   dengue   constitue un risque pour les voyageurs. C’est une maladie virale transmise aux humains par les piqûres de moustiques.
  • La dengue peut causer des symptômes grippaux. Dans certains cas, elle peut entraîner une dengue sévère, qui peut être mortelle.
  • Le niveau de risque de contracter la dengue change selon les saisons et varie d’une année à l’autre. Le niveau de risque varie également entre les régions d’un même pays et peut dépendre des élévations de ces régions.
  • Les moustiques porteurs de la dengue piquent habituellement pendant le jour, particulièrement autour du lever et du coucher du soleil.
  • Protégez-vous contre les piqûres de moustiques . Aucun vaccin ou médicament ne protège contre la dengue.

Le   virus Zika   est un risque dans ce pays.

Le virus Zika se transmet principalement par la piqûre d’un moustique infecté. Il peut aussi être transmis sexuellement. Le virus Zika peut causer de   graves anomalies congénitales .

Avant de partir vers ce pays, les femmes enceintes et celles qui planifient une grossesse devraient   consulter un professionnel de la santé   pour discuter des risques potentiels. Les femmes enceintes peuvent choisir d’éviter ou de reporter leur voyage dans ce pays.

Recommandations relatives aux voyages :

  • Prévenir les piqûres de moustiques   en tout temps.
  • Si vous êtes enceinte, utilisez toujours les condoms correctement ou évitez tout contact sexuel avec quiconque a voyagé dans ce pays pendant votre grossesse.
  • Femmes :   Avant d’essayer de tomber enceinte, attendez deux mois après votre voyage dans ce pays ou après l’apparition de la maladie causée par le virus Zika (selon la plus longue de ces deux périodes). Si votre partenaire masculin a voyagé avec vous, attendez trois mois après le voyage ou après l’apparition de la maladie causée par le virus Zika (selon la plus longue de ces deux périodes).
  • Hommes :   Avant de tenter de concevoir un enfant, attendez trois mois après votre voyage dans ce pays ou après l’apparition de la maladie causée par le virus Zika (selon la plus longue de ces deux périodes).

Pour plus de recommandations de voyage, voir le conseil de santé aux voyageurs :  Virus Zika :   Conseils à l’intention des voyageurs

Précautions pour les animaux

Certaines infections, telles que la rage et la grippe, peuvent être partagées entre les humains et les animaux. Certains types d'activités peuvent augmenter vos chances de contact avec des animaux, comme les voyages dans des zones rurales ou forestières, le camping, la randonnée et la visite de marchés humides (lieux où les animaux vivants sont abattus et vendus) ou de grottes.

Les voyageurs sont priés d'éviter tout contact avec les animaux, y compris les chiens, le bétail (porcs, vaches), les singes, les serpents, les rongeurs, les oiseaux et les chauves-souris, et d'éviter de manger du gibier sauvage insuffisamment cuit.

Surveillez étroitement les enfants, car ils sont plus susceptibles d'entrer en contact avec des animaux.

Infections de personne à personne

Restez à la maison si vous êtes malade et respectez les règles de l'étiquette en matière de toux et d'éternuement , notamment en toussant ou en éternuant dans un mouchoir ou dans le pli de votre bras, pas dans votre main. Réduisez votre risque de rhume, de grippe et d'autres maladies en :

  • vous lavant souvent les mains
  • évitant ou en limitant le temps passé dans des espaces fermés, des endroits bondés ou lors d'événements à grande échelle (les concerts, les événements sportifs, les rassemblements)
  • évitant les contacts physiques étroits avec des personnes qui pourraient présenter des symptômes de maladie

Les infections sexuellement transmissibles (IST) , VIH , et la mpox se transmettent par le sang et les fluides corporels ; utilisez des préservatifs, pratiquez des rapports sexuels protégés et limitez le nombre de vos partenaires sexuels. Vérifiez auprès de votre autorité de santé publique locale avant le voyage pour déterminer votre admissibilité au vaccin mpox.

Services et établissements médicaux

L’accès à des soins de santé de bonne qualité est limité.

Le système de santé relève de l'État. Le gouvernement cubain gère les hôpitaux et les cliniques dans l’ensemble de l'île.

Les professionnels de la santé sont généralement compétents. Or, les établissements sont en mauvais état. Ils manquent de médicaments, de fournitures et d'équipements médicaux de base. L'hygiène peut être inadéquat.

Des services médicaux sont aussi disponibles dans la plupart des hôtels et des cliniques internationales situées dans les zones de villégiature. Des médecins et des infirmières y fournissent des premiers soins médicaux d'urgence réservés aux étrangers. Les soins de santé dispensés dans ces cliniques sont généralement meilleurs que ceux offerts dans les établissements publics.

Les services de santé mentale sont extrêmement limités. Il n'existe pas de ligne téléphonique d'urgence pour ce type de soins dans le pays.

Les services d'urgence et d'ambulance sont limités. Les délais d'intervention peuvent être longs, en particulier en dehors des zones touristiques.

Souscrivez une assurance voyage qui couvre les frais d’hospitalisation à l’étranger et l’évacuation médicale.

La santé et la sécurité en voyage

Médicaments

De nombreux médicaments sur ordonnance ne sont pas disponibles à Cuba.

Si vous prenez des médicaments sur ordonnance, vous devez en vérifier leur légalité avant de vous rendre à Cuba.

  • Apportez une réserve suffisante de vos médicaments;
  • Laissez toujours vos médicaments dans leur emballage d'origine;
  • Rangez vos médicaments dans votre bagage à main;
  • Gardez avec vous une copie papier et une copie électronique de votre ordonnance.

Cuba est confronté à une grave pénurie de médicaments, dont les antibiotiques et les analgésiques courants. En plus de vos médicaments d’ordonnance, vous devriez amener des médicaments de base en quantité suffisante pour la durée de votre séjour.

Les autorités de la santé publique luttent contre les insectes en procédant à des fumigations et des pulvérisations périodiques.

  • Consultez votre médecin avant de partir pour savoir si la situation pourrait vous affecter, en particulier si vous souffrez de problèmes respiratoires;
  • Restez à l'écart d'un exercice de fumigation qui se déroule à proximité.

Décès à l’étranger

Les normes relatives aux services mortuaires à Cuba diffèrent de celles du Canada. Les croyances culturelles et religieuses ne sont pas prises en considération. Les autopsies sont obligatoires.

Les services d’un seul établissement funéraire et d’une seule morgue sont disponibles pour les étrangers. Ils sont tous deux situés à La Havane. Seuls ces établissements peuvent fournir les documents nécessaires à l’accompagnement des dépouilles. Les délais pour le rapatriement des dépouilles sont longs et coûteux.

La capacité de réfrigération est limitée, ainsi que la disponibilité des cercueils et des urnes. Les produits et les techniques d'embaumement ne sont pas les mêmes qu'au Canada. Dans certaines circonstances, l'embaumement n'est pas envisageable.

Assurez-vous que votre assurance couvre le rapatriement des dépouilles.

Fiche d’information sur les décès à l’étranger

À retenir...

La décision de voyager appartient entièrement au voyageur. Le voyageur est également responsable de sa propre sécurité.

Soyez bien préparé(e). Ne vous attendez pas à ce que les services médicaux soient les mêmes que ceux offerts au Canada. Apportez dans vos bagages une   trousse de produits de santé   pour le voyage, en particulier si vous vous rendez dans des zones éloignées des grands centres urbains.

Vous devez vous conformer aux lois locales.

Renseignez-vous sur ce que vous devez faire et sur l’aide que nous pouvons vous apporter en cas d’arrestation ou de détention à l’étranger .

Transfèrement vers une prison canadienne 

Le Canada et Cuba adhèrent au traité entre le gouvernement du Canada et le gouvernement de la République de Cuba concernant l'exécution des peines. Ce traité permet aux Canadiens emprisonnés à Cuba de demander leur transfert dans une prison canadienne pour y purger leur peine. Le transfèrement nécessite l'accord des autorités canadiennes et cubaines. Ce processus peut prendre beaucoup de temps et il n'y a aucune garantie que le transfèrement soit approuvé par l'une ou l'autre des parties ou par les deux.

La justice pénale à Cuba

Le système de justice pénale à Cuba diffère considérablement de celui du Canada. Les accusations ne sont portées qu'à l'issue de l'enquête. Si on vous arrête à Cuba, vous serez probablement mis en détention pour toute la durée de l'enquête. Vous devez vous attendre à de longs délais avant le règlement de votre cause. Vous ne pourrez pas quitter le pays pendant cette période.

La constitution cubaine autorise la peine de mort. Le pays a cependant décrété un moratoire sur l'exécution des condamnations à mort en 2003.

Investissements

Les droits de propriété privée à Cuba sont strictement contrôlés. Seuls les Cubains et les résidents permanents peuvent acheter une propriété à Cuba ou immatriculer un véhicule privé. Méfiez-vous des étrangers ou des connaissances qui vous proposent d'acheter ces biens en votre nom. Si vous envisagez de faire des investissements à Cuba, demandez l’avis d’un conseiller juridique au Canada et à Cuba avant de vous engager. Les litiges reliés à ce type d’activité sont souvent longs et coûteux.

Les peines pour possession, usage ou trafic de drogues sont sévères. Les personnes reconnues coupables peuvent s'attendre à de longues peines d’emprisonnement.

  • Faites vos bagages vous-mêmes et surveillez-les de près;
  • N’acceptez jamais de transporter les paquets, sacs ou valises d'autres personnes.

Drogues, alcool et voyages

Tourisme sexuel impliquant des enfants

À Cuba, les relations sexuelles avec des mineurs constituent une infraction pénale grave.

Les autorités locales travaillent activement à la prévention du tourisme sexuel impliquant des enfants. Des touristes, dont des Canadiens, ont été reconnus coupables de corruption de mineurs de moins de 16 ans.

Les peines d'emprisonnement pour ce type de crime s’étalent de 7 à 25 ans. Une libération sous caution avant le procès est peu probable.

Tourisme sexuel impliquant les enfants : c’est un crime

Pour vous marier à Cuba, vous devez fournir plusieurs documents, dont :

  • votre certificat de naissance;
  • une copie de votre passeport;
  • votre certificat de jugement définitif si vous êtes divorcé;
  • le certificat de décès de votre conjoint et votre certificat de mariage si vous êtes veuf;
  • une déclaration sous serment de votre statut de célibataire si vous n'avez jamais été marié.

Tous les documents doivent être traduits en espagnol, certifiés, authentifiés et légalisés par l'ambassade de Cuba au Canada.

Consultez l'ambassade de Cuba au Canada si vous souhaitez vous marier à Cuba, y compris avec un ressortissant cubain.

  • Bureaux diplomatiques étrangers au Canada
  • Fiche d’information sur le mariage à l’étranger

Les drones sont interdits.

Ils seront confisqués par les autorités à l'entrée.

Photographie

Les photographes professionnels ont besoin d'un visa pour travailler à Cuba. Ils peuvent également avoir besoin d'un permis pour importer leur matériel.

Il est interdit de photographier, y compris avec des drones :

  • les installations et le personnel militaires et de la police;
  • les installations portuaires, ferroviaires et aéroportuaires.

Les zones militaires et autres zones restreintes, ou sous haute surveillance, ne sont pas toujours identifiées.

Contrôles d’identité 

Les autorités locales peuvent vous demander de présenter une pièce d'identité à tout moment. 

  • Conservez sur vous une pièce d'identité avec photo en tout temps; 
  • Gardez en lieu sûr une photocopie de votre passeport en cas de perte ou de saisie; 
  • Conservez une copie numérique de vos pièces d'identité et documents de voyage. 

La double citoyenneté n’est pas reconnue légalement à Cuba.

Si les autorités locales vous considèrent comme un citoyen de Cuba, elles pourraient refuser de vous accorder l’accès aux services consulaires canadiens. Cela nous empêcherait de vous fournir ces services.

Voyageurs avec la double citoyenneté

Enlèvement international d’enfants

La Convention de La Haye sur les aspects civils de l’enlèvement international d’enfants est un traité international. Elle peut aider les parents à obtenir le retour de leurs enfants lorsque ceux-ci ont été déplacés ou retenus dans certains pays en violation d’un droit de garde. Elle ne s’applique pas entre le Canada et Cuba.

Si votre enfant a été déplacé ou est retenu illicitement à Cuba par un parent ravisseur :

  • agissez le plus vite possible;
  • consultez un avocat au Canada et à Cuba afin d’envisager toutes les options juridiques possibles pour le retour de votre enfant;
  • informez le bureau du gouvernement du Canada à l’étranger le plus proche ou l’Unité consulaire pour les enfants vulnérables d’Affaires mondiales Canada en communiquant avec le Centre de surveillance et d'intervention d’urgence.

Si votre enfant a été déplacé depuis un pays autre que le Canada, consultez un avocat pour déterminer si la Convention de La Haye s'applique.

Prenez note que les agents consulaires canadiens ne peuvent pas intervenir dans vos affaires juridiques privées ou dans le processus judiciaire de l’autre pays.

  • Enlèvement international d’enfants : Un guide à l’intention des parents délaissés
  • Ambassades et consulats du Canada par destination
  • Centre de surveillance et d'intervention d’urgence

Importations et exportations

Effets personnels et médicaments.

Les touristes peuvent entrer à Cuba avec leurs effets personnels mais les objets importés dans le but d’en faire don à la population pourraient être soumis à des règles d'importation. Ils pourraient faire l’objet de saisie ou de taxation, conformément aux lois locales. Cela s'applique notamment aux :

  • vêtements;
  • biens matériels neufs ou usagés;
  • produits d'hygiène personnelle;
  • médicaments.

Les douaniers cubains ont le pouvoir de décider ce qu'ils considèrent comme étant destiné à l'usage personnel du touriste. Ils peuvent appliquer des tarifs élevés pour les bagages personnels dépassant le poids autorisé.

Vous pouvez exporter jusqu’à :

  • 20 cigares sans documentation;
  • 50 cigares s'ils sont dans leur emballage d'origine, scellée par l'hologramme officiel.

Si vous dépassez ces quantités, vous devez fournir un certificat de garantie d'origine.

Si vous ne vous conformez pas à cette réglementation, on vous confisquera les cigares sans compensation.

Objets d’art

Les objets d'art, y compris les artéfacts et les peintures achetés à Cuba, doivent être accompagnés d'une licence d'exportation. Ce permis est généralement délivré par les galeries d'art appartenant à l'État.

À défaut d’avoir ce permis, les objets doivent être enregistrés auprès du Registro Nacional de Bienes Culturales.

Ministère de la culture - Gouvernement de Cuba (en anglais)

Appareils électroniques

Les appareils électroniques dotés de la technologie GPS peuvent être confisqués à l'entrée et restitués à la sortie.

Les téléphones satellites sont interdits.

Cigarettes électroniques et vapoteuses

Vous ne pouvez pas apporter de cigarettes électroniques ou de vapoteuses à Cuba.

Les douanes saisiront ces articles à l'arrivée.

Marché noir

Les vendeurs ambulants peuvent vous proposer des produits du marché noir, tels que des cigares, ou vous demander de changer des dollars en monnaie cubaine.

Les transactions sur le marché noir sont illégales et peuvent entraîner des démêlés avec les autorités cubaines.

Administration des douanes cubaines - Gouvernement de Cuba

Circulation maritime

Le gouvernement américain surveille de près la circulation maritime dans le détroit de Floride. Il saisira tout navire ne détenant pas de licence de l'Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) s'il estime qu'il se dirige vers Cuba.

Vous êtes soumis à ces mesures si vous amarrez votre bateau immatriculé au Canada en Floride. Vous en serez exempté si vous êtes simplement en route vers Cuba via les États-Unis.

Si vous vous rendez à Cuba en bateau depuis les États-Unis :

  • Assurez-vous de connaître la réglementation relative à l'accostage et aux contrôles portuaires;
  • Attendez-vous à des fouilles et à des interrogatoires serrés.

Conduite automobile

Vous devriez vous munir d’un permis de conduire international.

Permis de conduire international

Accidents de la route

Les accidents de la route ont mené à l'arrestation et la détention de nombreux Canadiens par le passé.

Les accidents entraînant la mort ou des blessures sont traités comme des crimes. Il incombe au conducteur de prouver son innocence. Si on vous déclare responsable d'un accident de la route ayant entraîné la mort ou des blessures graves, vous risquez jusqu'à 10 ans de prison.

Si vous êtes impliqué dans un accident :

  • ne quittez pas les lieux;
  • ne déplacez pas votre véhicule;
  • appelez la police.

L'assurance automobile est obligatoire pour les conducteurs étrangers et les véhicules immatriculés à l'étranger, mais elle ne l'est pas pour les citoyens cubains. Par conséquent, la plupart des conducteurs locaux n'ont pas d'assurance automobile. Vous ne devriez pas vous attendre à recevoir une indemnité d’un conducteur cubain pour les dommages à votre véhicule ou pour des blessures subies lors d’un accident de voiture.

Location de voitures

La couverture de l'assurance automobile à Cuba diffère de celle du Canada.

Les agences de location sont régies par l’État. Si on vous déclare responsable d'un accident, l'agence de location annulera votre couverture et réclamera le coût des réparations.

Les autorités cubaines peuvent vous interdire de quitter le pays tant que l'agence de location n'aura pas été dédommagée ou que toutes les réclamations liées à l'accident n'auront pas été réglées.

Les contrats ne couvrent pas les conducteurs occasionnels. Le signataire est donc responsable de toutes les personnes qui conduisent le véhicule.

  • Soyez prudent si vous louez un véhicule à Cuba;
  • Évitez de louer une mobylette car elles sont une cible de choix pour les voleurs et vous pourriez devoir payer le coût de son remplacement;
  • Assurez-vous d'obtenir un reçu lors du retour de la voiture de location.

La devise de Cuba est le peso cubain (CUP).

Les cartes de crédit émises par des institutions financières américaines ou affiliées à des banques américaines ne sont pas acceptées à Cuba.

Les cartes de crédit canadiennes sont de plus en plus acceptées dans les restaurants et les hôtels. Or, le système n'est pas fiable et les cartes bancaires peuvent ne pas fonctionner, ou cesser soudainement de fonctionner.

Les guichets automatiques sont rares et également peu fiables. Si vous arrivez à effectuer un retrait, il sera limité à 5 000 CUP.

Vous pouvez obtenir des avances de fonds par carte de crédit auprès des banques, des hôtels ou d'un bureau de change officiel, mais uniquement en CUP.

Lorsque vous vous rendez à Cuba, vous devriez prévoir suffisamment de devises pour couvrir la durée de votre séjour. Vous devriez également prévoir des petites coupures pour faciliter les transactions quotidiennes telles que la restauration de rue, les taxis et les pourboires.  

Vous pouvez facilement échanger des dollars canadiens et américains, ainsi que des euros contre des CUP auprès :

  • des bureaux de change situés dans les aéroports internationaux de Cuba;
  • des banques;
  • des grands hôtels;
  • des bureaux de change officiels.

Il est illégal de changer de l'argent dans la rue ou ailleurs que dans les établissements autorisés.

Vous ne pouvez pas franchir les douanes cubaines avec plus de 5 000 CUP.

Saison des ouragans

Les ouragans surviennent normalement de la mi-mai jusqu’à la fin de novembre. Durant cette période, même de faibles tempêtes tropicales peuvent se transformer rapidement en ouragans majeurs.

Ces violentes tempêtes peuvent vous mettre en danger et nuire à la prestation des services essentiels.

Si vous décidez de vous rendre dans une région côtière pendant la saison des ouragans :

  • sachez que vous mettez gravement en péril votre sécurité;
  • préparez-vous à changer vos projets de voyage à tout moment, ou même à interrompre ou annuler votre voyage;
  • tenez-vous au courant des dernières prévisions météorologiques régionales;
  • ayez sur vous les coordonnées d’urgence de votre compagnie aérienne ou voyagiste;
  • suivez les conseils et les instructions des autorités locales.
  • Tornades, cyclones, ouragans, typhons et moussons
  • Urgences à grande échelle à l’étranger
  • Trajectoires de tempêtes et veilles et avertissements d’ouragans - National Hurricane Center des États-Unis (en anglais)

Saison des pluies

La saison des pluies s'étend d'avril à octobre.

Les inondations saisonnières peuvent nuire aux déplacements par voie terrestre et à la prestation des services essentiels. Les routes peuvent devenir impraticables en raison des coulées de boue et des glissements de terrain. Les ponts, les bâtiments et les infrastructures peuvent subir des dommages.

Tremblements de terre

Cuba se trouve dans une zone d’activité sismique. Des tremblements de terre peuvent se produire.

Même les petits tremblements de terre peuvent causer des dommages importants.

En cas de tremblement de terre :

  • consultez les médias locaux pour vous tenir au courant de l'évolution de la situation;
  • suivez les directives des autorités locales, y compris les ordres d'évacuation.
  • Tremblements de terre - Que faire ?
  • Derniers tremblements de terre  - U.S. Geological Survey (en anglais)

Services locaux

En cas d’urgence, composez le:

  • Police : 106
  • Assistance médicale : 104
  • Pompiers : 105

Aide consulaire

Guardalavaca

Pour obtenir de l'aide consulaire d'urgence, téléphonez à l'ambassade du Canada à Cuba à La Havane et suivez les instructions qui vous seront données. À tout moment, vous pouvez aussi communiquer avec le Centre de surveillance et d'intervention d’urgence à Ottawa.

Avertissement

La décision de voyager est un choix qui vous appartient, et vous avez la responsabilité de veiller à votre sécurité personnelle à l’étranger. Nous prenons très au sérieux la sécurité des Canadiens à l’étranger et nous diffusons des renseignements fiables et à jour dans nos Conseils aux voyageurs, afin que vous puissiez prendre des décisions éclairées au sujet de vos voyages à l’étranger.

Le contenu de cette page est fourni à titre d’information seulement. Nous faisons tout en notre pouvoir pour vous donner de l’information exacte, mais celle-ci est fournie « telle quelle », sans garantie d’aucune sorte, ni explicite ni implicite. Le gouvernement du Canada n’assume aucune responsabilité et ne pourra être tenu responsable d’aucun préjudice découlant de cette information.

Si vous avez besoin d’aide consulaire à l’étranger, nous ferons de notre mieux pour vous aider. Cependant, certaines contraintes peuvent restreindre la capacité du gouvernement du Canada de fournir ses services.

Renseignez-vous davantage sur les services consulaires canadiens .

Niveaux de risque

  prenez des mesures de sécurité normales.

Prenez les mêmes précautions que celles que vous prendriez au Canada.

  Faites preuve d'une grande prudence

Il y a certaines préoccupations en matière de sécurité et la situation pourrait changer rapidement. Soyez très prudent en tout temps, renseignez-vous dans les médias locaux et suivez les instructions des autorités locales.

IMPORTANT: Les deux niveaux suivants constituent un avertissement officiel du gouvernement du Canada. Ils sont publiés lorsque la sécurité des Canadiennes et des Canadiens voyageant dans une région ou un pays donné ou y habitant peut être compromise.

  Évitez tout voyage non essentiel

Votre sécurité pourrait être compromise. Vous devriez vous demander s’il est nécessaire de vous rendre dans ce pays, ce territoire ou cette région en fonction de vos besoins familiaux ou professionnels, de vos connaissances du pays ou de la région ainsi que d’autres facteurs. Si vous êtes déjà sur place, demandez-vous si vous devez vraiment y être. Dans la négative, vous devriez songer à partir.

  Évitez tout voyage

Vous ne devriez pas vous rendre dans ce pays, ce territoire ou cette région. Votre sécurité personnelle est fortement compromise. Si vous êtes déjà sur place, vous devriez envisager de partir si vous pouvez le faire sans danger.

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Changes to services offered in Havana, Cuba

Ottawa, July 29, 2019 – On August 1, 2019, a number of visa and biometrics services that were originally offered at the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) visa office in Havana, Cuba will once again be available at the Embassy of Canada. These services will facilitate the travel of Cubans to Canada and will make the process quicker, easier and less costly for applicants.

New services

The Embassy of Canada in Havana, Cuba will offer the following services for Cuban residents starting August 1, 2019:

  • biometrics collection (fingerprints and a photo)
  • passport drop-off and visa pickup

Services still available

The Embassy of Canada to Cuba will also continue to accept all Canadian passport, proof of citizenship (citizenship certificate) and permanent resident travel document applications.

Applying for temporary residence (visa, work permit, study permit)

The Embassy of Canada is not taking paper applications in person.

If you’re applying for a visitor visa, work permit or study permit, we recommend you apply through your online account . You also have the option to submit a paper application at any visa application centre outside of Cuba.

Applying for permanent residence

You can continue to apply for permanent residence under economic and family class programs by following existing application instructions online .

Permanent residence applicants are still required to travel outside of Cuba to take their medical exam and attend interviews (if required). These services are not available in Cuba.

Those who require an interview will be given the choice to have their interview at the visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, or Mexico City, Mexico.

Applicants can choose to take their medical exam in any country where there is a panel physician authorized by the Government of Canada.

Applicants will be contacted directly by IRCC and will be given instructions on how to arrange their medical appointment and, if required, their interview.

Applicants can schedule their biometrics appointment by contacting the Embassy of Canada at [email protected] .

If you are required to give your biometrics , IRCC will send you a biometric instruction letter with details on how to book your appointment. You cannot schedule your biometrics appointment until you receive the letter.

Active applications

Only IRCC officials have the authority to make decisions and oversee the processing of applications. IRCC no longer has staff working at the embassy to deliver these functions. All open/active applications are transferred to IRCC’s visa office in Mexico City for processing.

After applying, you will hear directly from the office on the next steps required. Any case-specific questions about your existing application can be directed to IRCC’s visa office in Mexico City .

For all other questions, please contact IRCC through our existing service channels.

You can find the most up-to-date information on how to apply for various immigration, visa and citizenship programs online .

Canada will continue to explore additional mitigation measures and alternative service channels to improve visa and immigration services offered to Cuban residents.

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Consular Services

Consular services for Cuban citizens:

Consular services for foreigners:

Tourist Visa (tourist card) Family Visa  (A-2) Journalist Visa  (D-6) Business Visas Other visas Application for residence in Cuba Legalization and certification of documents Marriage in Cuba Marriage abroad Divorce Pets

Marriage in Cuba:

Marriage with Cuban citizens:

If you are interested in getting married in Cuba to a Cuban person, you must submit the following:

-If you have never been married: Birth Certificate and its Translation into Spanish by a certified translator, Affidavit of Single Status and its Translation into Spanish by a certified translator.

-If you are divorced: Birth Certificate and its Translation into Spanish by a certified translator, Divorce Certificate and its Translation into Spanish by a certified translator. You must verify in Cuba if you also need to submit an Affidavit of Single Status, according to the date in which your Divorce Certificate was issued.

-If you are a widow or widower: Birth Certificate and its Translation into Spanish by a certified translator, Marriage Certificate and its Translation into Spanish by a certified translator, Death Certificate of your spouse and its Translation into Spanish by a certified translator. You must verify in Cuba if you also need to submit an Affidavit of Single Status, according to the date of death of your spouse.

Your full name has to match on every document. If not, you must submit an Affidavit of Identity, which is valid for 6 months.

The Affidavit of Single Status is valid for 6 months as of the date of issuance.

The Affidavit of Single Status and the Affidavit of Identity can be done in the same document.

If you submit a document that has not been issued in Canada, for it to be legalized, you must get in contact with the Cuban Consulate that serves the country where it was issued; or legalize it directly at the consular office of your country that serves Cuba.

In order to request the service at the Consulate, all documents must be previously authenticated by Global Affairs in Ottawa.

https://www.international.gc.ca/gac-amc/about-a_propos/services/authentication-authentification/step-etape-1.aspx?lang=eng

If the documents have been authenticated by Canadian provincial institutions, please contact the Cuban consular office where the documents are to be processed.

The fee per original document to be legalized is 176.00 CAD. The fee per each legalization of the Spanish translation of the document is 176.00 CAD.

If you apply by mail, you must pay a $40.00 CAD fee for non-personal services and send a prepaid and safe envelope (with a tracking number) for the return of the documents. When the service is done by mail, payment will only be accepted via money order or certified check.

In order to make the payment, please select the Office where you will submit your application:

Consulate General of Cuba in Toronto

Consulate General of Cuba in Montreal

Consular Office in Ottawa

Marriage with foreign citizens:

If you are interested in getting married in Cuba to another foreign citizen:

1-You need to verify with your wedding coordinator in Cuba the exact documentation you must submit.

-If you are divorced: You must inform your Wedding Coordinator in Cuba or the International Consulting Office where you are going to get married about it, so that they can tell you if you need to submit an Affidavit of Single Status.

-If you are a widow or widower: You must inform your Wedding Coordinator in Cuba or the International Consulting Office where you are going to get married about it, so that they can tell you if you need to submit an Affidavit of Single Status.

Your full name has to match on every document. If not, you must inform your Wedding Coordinator so that he/she can tell you if you need to submit an Affidavit of Identity, which is valid for 6 months.

In order to request the service at the Consulate, all documents must be previously legalized by Global Affairs in Ottawa.

If the documents have been legalized by Canadian provincial institutions, please contact the Cuban consular office where the documents are to be processed.

Transcript of marriage in the civil registry of Cuba

After a marriage took place in Canada, the act could be transcribed in the corresponding Cuban Consulate, for its final recognition in Cuba.

If the Cuban spouse is in Cuba, she/he has to send:

• Certified copy of the Cuban Identity Card. This copy has to be certified by a Notary Public in Cuba. • Letter of authorization for the transcription of the marriage at the Cuban Consulate. The Letter of authorization must be certified by a Notary Public in Cuba.

Documents to be presented:

• Valid Cuban passport. • Transcription Form 11/30. • Original Marriage Certificate (Long Form). • Translation into Spanish of the Marriage Certificate. • Copy of the Birth Certificate of both spouses.

Take the Marriage Certificate long form and the translation into Spanish to the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada for authentication (111 Sussex Drive K1N 1J1). After the authentication process, present the documents at the Consulate for legalization.

Documents to take effect in Cuba, need to be legalized by the Cuban Consulate, previously authenticated by the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada. Check the link below to know more about the requirements for authentication, how to send your documents and the processing time.  http://www.international.gc.ca/department-ministere/authentication-authe...

The fee for transcript is $ 224.00 CAD 

The fee for legalizations is $ 176.00 CAD per document (each document in English and each document in Spanish as a result of the translation).

If the application is made by mail, an extra consular fee of $ 40.00 CAD will be charged for non personal service. A pre-paid safe envelope (with tracking number) must be sent in order to return the documents.

NOTE: All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the own risk of the applicant.

In order to make the payment, select the Office where you will submit your application:

In 30 business days you can request a Marriage Certificate in Cuba. Those who live in Havana City, can request it at “Registro Especial del Estado Civil” (located in Calle 26 esquina 3ra Miramar, Playa, La Habana). Those who live in any other province, they should request it there.

The recognition in Cuba of a firm divorce decree, issued by a foreign court, against which no appeal or appeal can be made, is made through the Registrar procedure, that is to say through the Marginal Note.

The Family Code in its Article 64 provides for the possibility of registration of a divorce decree issued by a foreign court, that is, the decision of divorce issued by a foreign court of a marriage celebrated in Cuba or celebrated abroad and legalized In the Cuban consulate, can be registered. For processing, you have to present at the Consulate the following:

• Valid passport • Original Divorce Certificate • Translation into Spanish of the Divorce Certificate. • Marriage Certificate issued in Cuba or photocopy of the marriage certificate, since it is the only reference that allows arriving at that Certificate of Marriage, the Judgment of Divorce that will be reflected in marginal note.

Take the Divorce Certificate and the translation into Spanish to the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada for authentication (111 Sussex Drive K1N 1J1).

Documents to take effect in Cuba, need to be legalized by the Cuban Consulate, previously authenticated by the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada. Check the link below to know more about the requirements for authentication, how to send your documents and the processing time. http://www.international.gc.ca/department-ministere/authentication-authe...

The cost of the procedure is as follows: • $ 352.00 CAD for the legalization of the Divorce Certificate and the translation into Spanish ($ 176.00 CAD each). • $40.00 for the shipment of the file.

If the application is made by mail, an extra consular fee of $ 40.00 CAD will be charged for non personal service.

NOTE:  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the own risk of the applicant.  

In about 2 months after the shipment of the file you can request your Divorce Certificate in Cuba. Those who got married in Havana City, can request it at “Registro Especial del Estado Civil” (located in Calle 26 esquina 3ra Miramar, Playa, La Habana). Those who got married in any other province, they should request it at the Civil Registry at the province.  

Procedure for the processing of a Judicial Divorce

When the divorce process is to be done under the requirements of Cuban law: The spouses (or one of them) must request individually a Special Power of divorce, before the consular official. You must pay the consular fee stipulated for this service. When only one spouse applies for divorce, the spouse must provide the other's address. If you do not know the address of your spouse you must make a statement about it. Documents to be delivered or filled out at the Consulate at the time of application:

  • Marriage Certificate issued by the Cuban authorities.
  • Birth Certificate of the children born in wedlock. If they were born abroad it must be legalized by the authorities of the foreign country and by our Consulate.
  • Make a statement of appearance at the Consulate. You must pay the consular fee stipulated for this service
  • At least 2 witnesses must be present, who will make an individual declaration. You must pay the consular fee stipulated for this service
  • Consular registration card.

You must pay the stipulated consular fee for the processing of the judicial divorce file.

Writing of authorization for the preparation of passports and / or travel abroad by parents or legal representatives of persons under 18 or disabled :

Article 23 of Decree Law 305 establishes the requirement to provide the authorization formalized before a Notary Public of the parents or legal representatives that correspond, of the minors of 18 years of age or incapacitated at the time of the application for making a passport.

Such authorization shall be required only once, maintaining its validity, provided that it has not been revoked.

If the parents submit an authorization issued before a notary of the country, it must comply with the established formalities. The authorization has to be translated into Spanish and both documents must be legalized by the consular office.

The fee for legalizations is $ 176.00 CAD per document (each document in English and each document in Spanish as a result of the translation) 

Documents that authorize both parents in the same document may be made or accepted. Authorizations for more than one child may not be made or accepted in the same document.

Birth Certificate Transcript:

If the Cuban parent of a child born in Canada wants to register that birth in the Civil Registry in Cuba, she/he has to transcript the act at the Consulate. The accomplishment of this act does not imply the automatic obtaining of the Cuban citizenship, since this is obtained with prior fulfillment of that established in the Citizenship Law of the year 1944.

If the Cuban parent is in Cuba, she/he has to send:

• Certified copy of the Cuban Identity Card. This copy has to be certified by a Notary Public in Cuba. • Letter of authorization for the transcription of her/his child´s birth at the Cuban Consulate. The Letter of authorization must be certified by a Notary Public in Cuba.

• Valid Cuban passport. • Transcription Form 9/30 signed by both parents. • Original Birth Certificate (Long Form). • Translation into Spanish of the Birth Certificate. • Copy of the Birth Certificate and passports of both parents.

Take the Birth Certificate long form and the translation into Spanish to the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada for authentication (111 Sussex Drive K1N 1J1). After the authentication process, present the documents at the Consulate for legalization.

The transcript is exempt from payment of any fees.

In 30 business days you can request a Birth Certificate in Cuba. Those who live in Havana City, can request it at “Registro Especial del Estado Civil” (located in Calle 26 esquina 3ra Miramar, Playa, La Habana). Those who live in any other province, they should request it there.

Death Transcript:

When the death of a Cuban citizen in another country occurs, it must be transcribed in the Cuban consulate, for later registration in Cuba. In order to transcript the death of the Cuban citizen you have to present:

• Cuban passport of the deceased. • Transcript Form 13/30 fully completed. • Original Death Certificate. • Translation into Spanish of the Death Certificate • Medical Certificate stating the death cause if it doesn´t appear in the Death Certificate. • Translation into Spanish of the Medical Certificate stating the death cause if it doesn´t appear in the Death Certificate.

Take the Death Certificate and the translation into Spanish to the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada for authentication (111 Sussex Drive K1N 1J1). After the authentication process, present the documents at the Consulate for legalization.

The transcript is exempt from payment of any fees. You will receive a copy of it to request a Cuban Death Certificate.

The fee for legalizations is $ 176.00 CAD per document (Original Death Certificate and translation into Spanish). 

NOTE:  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the own risk of the applicant.

In 30 business days you can request a Death Certificate in Cuba at the “Registro Especial del Estado Civil” (located in Calle 26 esquina 3ra Miramar, Playa, La Habana) or at the Civil Registry in another province.

Legalization of foreign documents:

Documents to take effect in Cuba, need to be legalized by the Cuban Consulate, previously authenticated by the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada.

Take the documents and the translations into Spanish to the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada for authentication (111 Sussex Drive K1N 1J1).

Check the link below to know more about the requirements for authentication, how to send your documents and the processing time. http://www.international.gc.ca/department-ministere/authentication-authe...

After the documents are authenticated, you need to take them to the Consulate.

The fee for legalization is $ 176.00 CAD per document.

Request of Documents to Cuba      Birth Certificate Driver’s license Certificate Single Status Certificate Certificate of legal capacity for marriage Criminal Record Certificate Marriage Certificate Divorce Decree Certificate Certificate of Acts of Last Will Declaration of Heirs Migration Certification Certification of Aliens Certification of Nationality Certification of Citizenship Certification issued by educational center Baptismal Certificate Death Certificate Location of whereabouts

For all the requests you have to follow the same requirements.

In order to submit a request you have to present:

• Fully completed form • Payment of the consular fee for this service:  $ 40.00 CAD

To obtain the request form please contact the nearest Consulate.

If the application is made by a third party, an extra consular fee of $ 40.00 CAD will be charged for non personal service.

When the document arrives, we contact you. At that moment, you have to send the payment for the following fees:

• Obtaining the document: Confirm with the Office • Legalization at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 64.00 CAD

If it was required, you will also pay:

• Translation into English at the Cuban Consulate: 48.00 CAD • Legalization of the translation at the Cuban Consulate: 96.00 CAD • Legalization at the Foreign Embassy in Cuba: 96.00 CAD

Transfer of corpses to Cuba:

In order to send corps to Cuba, if the deceased is a Cuban national, you have to complete the Death Certificate Transcript .

You also have to present: 1. Certificate of Embalmment 2. Translation into Spanish of the Certificate of Embalmment 3. Licenses of burial 4. Translation into Spanish of the Licenses of burial 5. Document of the Ministry of Health authorizing to move the Body. 6. Translation into Spanish of the Document of the Ministry of Health authorizing to move the body

Take the documents and the translations into Spanish to the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada for authentication (111 Sussex Drive K1N 1J1). After the authentication process, present the documents at the Consulate for legalization.

The Consulate makes a Declaration that you have to present with the other documents. The fee of the Declaration is $ 96.00 CAD.

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Additionally, you have to get in contact with Calzada y K in Havana, Cuba in order to request the correspondent services. You have to inform:

• Full name of the deceased • Date of the death (Day, Month and Year). • Death´s causes • Full name of the person responsible for the corps in Cuba. • Cemetery where the burial will take place

Transfer of ashes to Cuba:

You also have to present:

• Certificate of Cremation • Translation in to Spanish of the Certificate of Cremation

Take both documents to the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada for authentication (111 Sussex Drive K1N 1J1). After the authentication process, present the documents at the Consulate for legalization.

If the application is made by mail, an extra consular fee of $ 40.00 CAD will be charged for non personal service. A pre-paid safe envelope (with tracking number) must be sent in order to return the documents. The payment must be done by Money order or certified check.

• Full name of the deceased • Date of the death (Day, Month and Year). • Death´s causes • Full name of the person responsible for the ashes in Cuba. • Cemetery where the burial will take place

Tourist Visa:

Every person going to Cuba as a tourist needs a valid passport. The passport should be valid for at least 2 months after the date of return to Canada if you are holding a passport from a country that does not have Consular or Diplomatic representation in Cuba. For countries that do have Consular or Diplomatic representation in Cuba we recommend the Passports to be valid just for a week after the date of return.

A tourist card (it works as a visa) is also needed. It can be obtained in the Cuban Consulate or from a travel agency when booking a trip to Cuba. You can also buy it at the departing airport here in Canada before going to Cuba. Some airlines sale the tourist cards, others provide it, as it is included on the price of the plane ticket and it would be hand it to you once you are on the plane.

If you are not Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident, please contact the nearest Cuban Consulate for more information about the documents required to apply for a Tourist visa.

For practical information such as, Hotel Prices, places to visit, etc, please contact the following offices:

• Toronto (Consulate General of Cuba, Tourist Section) Web: www.gocuba.ca Phone: 416-362-0700 Fax: 416-362-2838 Email: [email protected] Address: 1200 Bay St, Suite 305, Toronto, ON, M5R 2A5

• Montreal (Consulate General of Cuba, Tourist Section) Web: www.gocuba.ca Phone: (514) 844-7307 Email: [email protected] Address: 300, rue Léo Pariseau, suite 2121, Montréal, Quebec, H2X 4B3

Travelers shall have a travel insurance which covers medical expenses or a policy for medical expenses with coverage in Cuba. The insurance policy should be taken out at the home country of departure. Travelers, who, exceptionally, do not have insurance at arrival, could take out a policy of insurance and assistance from Cuban insurance companies at the airport, port or marina. Travel insurance from Cuban insurance companies and most international insurance companies receive travel assistance services in Cuba from Asistur S.A, available 24 hours all year round. Residents in the United States travelling to Cuba will have to take out their insurance policy at their home country of departure from Cuban insurance companies. The arrangement shall be made through agencies associated with Havantur-Celimar Company. US insurance companies do not provide coverage in the Cuban national territory.

Upon demand after their arrival, travelers shall present a policy, insurance certificate or travelling assistance card valid for the time span they will stay in Cuba.

The Tourist Visa or Tourist Card is only for purposes of tourism to Cuba.  Travelers holders of the Tourist Card will be admitted to the Cuban national territory and will have a valid period of stay up to 30 natural days and can be extended up to 60 natural days in exceptional circumstances by the immigration authority.

If you are a Canadian citizen, the tourist card allows its holder to stay in Cuba for 90 days from the date of entry into the country, and is valid for 1 entry into Cuba. For a stay of more than 90 days, one can request an extension of another 3 months at any tourism office in Cuba, for a maximum stay of 6 months.

We recommend the minor to enter and leave the country with the same adult. You have to ask to Canadian authorities if they ´ll need any additional document to be allowed to board the plane as a minor.

Children, regardless of their age, also require a tourist card, even if they are registered on their parents' passports.

Family Visa (A-2)

Spouses or children of Cuban citizens of another nationality who travel to Cuba and wish to stay with their Cuban family members must present the passport and document that guarantees the relationship.

  • Valid passport.
  • Photocopy of the marriage certificate or birth certificate that guarantees the relationship with the Cuban citizen.

To pay the consular fee stipulated for this service in cash, Payment bank certificate or bank transfer. If the same request is made by mail you must send: To pay the stipulated consular fee for this service in cash, means of payment certified bank or bank transfer. NOTE: If the request is made by mail or through a third person, the consular fee stipulated for this service will be charged in addition,. All payments must be made in cash, by means of payment certified bank or bank transfer. The cash sent by mail will be rejected and returned at the risk of the applicant.

Journalist Visa (D-6)

The journalist visa must be requested by the interested party to the press office at the Cuban Embassy and once the Consulate is notified of the approval, the interested party will be presented at the Consulate during opening hours. Documents to be submitted:

  • Valid passport
  • Full visa application form
  • To pay the consular fee stipulated for this service

If the same request is made by mail you must send:

  • Pay the consular fee stipulated for this service
  • An envelope with enough stamps and address for the return of your passport

NOTE: If the request is made by mail or through a third person, the consular fee stipulated for this service will be charged in addition.

All payments must be made in cash, by means of payment certified bank or bank transfer. The cash sent by mail will be rejected and returned at the risk of the applicant.

To obtain visas that are processed directly by agencies and institutions in Cuba through the Immigration and Aliens Department, interested parties should contact the consulates and verify if the authorization has already been received.

Business Visas

Business visas must be requested by the interested party to the commercial office at the Embassy of Cuba and once the Consulate is notified of the approval, the interested party must be presented at the Consulate during opening hours. Documents to be submitted:

NOTE: If the request is made by mail or through a third person, the consular fee stipulated for this service must be paid in addition.

To obtain visas processed by agencies and institutions in Cuba through the Immigration and Aliens Department, interested parties should contact the consulates and verify if the authorization has already been received.

Other visas

There are other types of visas, depending on the purpose of the trip: visas for students, visas for events, among others. In order to obtain any of them, the interested party must contact the Consulate of Cuba in the corresponding country and request information about them.

Application for residence in Cuba

Applications for PERMANENT RESIDENTS will be made by the interested foreigners, in the consulates, to which they will accompany:

  • Results of duly legalized radiographic examinations of the thorax, serological and AIDS tests. (The examinations cannot be more than six months since being issued before being presented at the Consulate.) The serology exam is unique and is the same one that we do in our country. These examinations could be presented directly in Cuba, whenever they are carried out In hospitals or clinics intended for the care of foreigners in Cuba)
  • Certification of criminal records in the country of residence, duly legalized. When presenting it to the Consulate, it cannot be more than 3 months since issued by the official institution.
  • Letter of reasoning that motivates the request.
  • Passport photo.
  • Photocopy of passport with the certification of its collation with the original by the Cuban consular office.
  • Certification of marriage, birth of children or other evidence that substantiates the reasons for your request made or recognized according to Cuban law, as appropriate.

FOR THE MINOR CHILDREN OF FOREIGN CITIZENS

  • Power of attorney of the father or mother, translated and legalized by the Consulate.
  • Certificate of birth of the minor translated and legalized by the Consulate.

Note: The documents must be translated by a sworn translator and legalized, the original and the translation, by the competent authorities and then by the Cuban Consulate or otherwise legalized only the original by the competent authorities and then carry out the translation in the Consulate of Cuba as well as the legalization of the original and the translation.

Household Pets Declaration:

For a household pet to travel to Cuba, you have to get the International Health Certificate for dogs and cats, signed and sealed by an Official Veterinarian at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. You should ask for the form that has the English, Spanish and French version together. 

Take the document to the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada for authentication (111 Sussex Drive K1N 1J1). Documents to take effect in Cuba, need to be legalized by the Cuban Consulate, previously authenticated by the Legal Department of Global Affairs Canada. Check the link below to know more about the requirements for authentication, how to send your documents and the processing time.

http://www.international.gc.ca/department-ministere/authentication-authentification_documents.aspx?lang=eng

After the document is authenticated, the process of legalization at the Consulate takes 3 days.

The fee for legalizations is $ 176.00 CAD per document.

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Canadian nationals holding a valid Canadian passport or a Canadian permanent resident card do not need a visa to enter Cuba. They can travel with their valid passports (and PR card) and the tourist card that is included in the holiday package (provided onboard or at the airline counter at airports in Canada at time of check in). It is important for you to know that the Canadian passport should be valid for at least one week after the return date.

This also applies for Citizens from other countries holding either of the following categories:

  • Valid Work Permit (holding multiple entry visa on passports)
  • Valid Student Permit (holding multiple entry visa on passports)

If you do not fall in either of the categories mentioned above, please contact the Cuban Consulate – Tourism Section at  [email protected]

If you are sailing to Cuba, be sure to contact port authorities before you reach jurisdictional waters (12 miles from the base line). Use these communication channels:

-HF (SSB) channel 2760 (national coastal network) and 2790 (tourism network); or -VHF channel 68 (national coastal network) and 16 (tourism network).

Port authorities will ask you for the following information:

-name of yacht -flag -port of registry -last port of call -port of arrival -estimated time of arrival (ETA) -type of craft -colour of craft -number of persons on board.

You must follow the instructions given by the port authorities and remain on board until all legal formalities are concluded.

If you plan to fly to Cuba on a private plane, you must send an operational request for approval of your flight plan in a telex addressed to the:

Regimen de Vuelos de Aeronautica Civil de Cuba, La Habana Telex: 51727 ACVCU

In the request, you must specify:

-whether the plane is private -the type of aircraft -registration number and class -starting point -pilot’s name -expected date, place and time of arrival -objective of the trip.

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This alert seems pretty calm to the travel warning the US recently put out for Colombia.

'' Terrorism, home invasion, murder, kidnapping, are common place''..... yikes..

Reading this, one could assume all this info came right from this forum.....

Some of it not accurate, especially in tourist areas, ...for instance, bottled water, I did not experience any shortage of bottled water during my last couple trips, ... nor have i heard of many shortages of it in tourist areas, of recent. As far as medical care, tourists usually do not have a problem getting it , in general during their vacation.

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Travel Advisory is not good for tourism.

Shortages for sure . Many many shortages .

We had no bottled water to purchase many times at hotel … had to refill used bottle .

No problem for me to refill bottles , but the fact is , it is pretty pathetic .

Places even ran out of drink glasses or plastic cup for drinks .

Rediculous.

Scams , rip-off’s and markups …. Well we all know about that .

no botled water on your recent trip, wow, it does seem from this forum that the resorts are having a harder time of it , keeping things in stock, some resorts more than others, and seeing i guess Canadians go to resorts more often than not, yes, that is not good.

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I am playing a wait and see for now...

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That is, your opinion which you can have. I do not agree with it at all. I got back a few weeks ago, two longtime friends asked me if I was going into havana, I told them not this trip, they both said it was a good ideal not to go. I asked them why, and simply said some bad things are happening even in daylight.

What is wrong in giving the traveler a heads up? For me they are doing the job by giving people info. One can follow the recommendations or put one's head in the sand or being aware of a possible problem which to me is allows a good thing.

The thing is, Rich, after reading it, it gives the impression (at least to me) that it's rife with fear mongering. I just find it to be a bit over-the-top.

Within no time... you watch! There's going to be some major blow-back on this that will hit the news.

Could you give any details as to what they were saying ?

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Cuba travel advice

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Last updated: January 18, 2024 14:15 ET

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Safety and security, entry and exit requirements, laws and culture, natural disasters and climate, cuba - exercise a high degree of caution.

Exercise a high degree of caution in Cuba due to shortages of basic necessities including food, medicine and fuel.

Resort areas - Take normal security precautions

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Petty crime

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

Violent crime

Incidents of violent crime are not frequent, but assaults may occur. They mainly occur during a burglary or robbery.

  • Stay in accommodations with good security
  • Keep your windows and doors locked at all times
  • If threatened by robbers, don't resist

Credit card and ATM fraud may occur.

Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Some businesses may try to charge exorbitant prices, namely taxis and classic car rentals. Disputes about overcharging may lead to violence.

  • Always confirm prices before consuming or taking up a service
  • Avoid running a tab
  • Avoid leaving your credit card with bar or restaurant staff
  • Check your bill to make sure it’s exact

Some hustlers specialize in defrauding tourists. Most of them speak some English or French and go out of their way to appear friendly. They may offer to serve as tour guides or to facilitate the purchase of cigars. Some have used violence in their efforts to steal tourists.

Fraudulent tour agents and taxi drivers also operate throughout the country, including at Havana’s international airport. Thefts of luggage from taxi trunks have occurred.

In bars, sex workers, including minors, may be very persistent and intrusive with tourists who refuse their advances. Foreigners, including Canadians, have been the victim of theft after engaging in sexual relations, and some of them have faced child sex accusations.  

  • Use reputable tour operators and registered taxis only
  • Avoid independent street vendors
  • Be wary of strangers who seem too friendly

Overseas fraud

Cuba faces chronic and severe shortages of ‎basic necessities, including:

  • bottled water
  • public water supply
  • hard-currency

Fuel shortages are currently critical and affect a wide range of services. Travelling across the island is extremely challenging. Public transportation services, including taxis, are often disrupted, leaving tourists with few options to travel. Some travellers have been temporarily stranded with a rental car. Intermittent shortages of tap water provided by municipalities happen, including in Havana and in resorts.

Hotels and resorts, that often use generators during power outages, may not be able to maintain their services. Fuel shortages may also affect government services.

Local authorities enforce the rationing of food and medications, which could also affect travellers.

Shortages may lead to disruptions to other essential services. There are often long line-ups at gas stations that have led to altercations.

  • Plan accordingly
  • Bring some basic necessities with you such as toiletries and medication
  • Keep a supply of water, food and fuel on hand
  • Make sure you always have access to a complete emergency kit

Power outages

Power outages occur regularly outside of Havana and touristic areas.

Obtaining services during an outage is challenging.

Women’s safety

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of sexual harassment

Incidents of sexual assault against Canadian women have occurred, including at beach resorts.

If you’re the victim of a sexual assault, you should report it immediately to the nearest Canadian consulate or embassy and seek medical assistance. You should also report the incident to Cuban authorities and ensure that local police provide you with a Comprobante de Denuncia. This document confirms that a report has been filed.

A criminal investigation will likely not be possible if no formal complaint is made to Cuban authorities before you depart the country.

Police officers may speak only Spanish.

Advice for women travellers

Spiked food and drinks

Snacks, beverages, gum and cigarettes may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

  • Be wary of accepting these items from new acquaintances
  • Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers

Telecommunications

The telecommunications network in Cuba is poor. Connections are unreliable and may be intermittent.

Some Canadian cell phones may not work, even in large cities. Internet access is limited across the island.

Local authorities control telecommunications. They may block access to mobile phone and Internet in case of civil unrest or before demonstrations.

  • Don’t rely on your mobile phone for emergencies, especially outside major cities
  • Subscribe to and install a VPN service before leaving Canada
  • Avoid travelling alone
  • Inform a family member or friend of your itinerary

Online transactions

Online banking or shopping may be challenging in Cuba, if at all possible. Most Cuban websites are unsecure. Many are inaccessible.

Some travellers, who bought their travel package online on a travel website in Canada, found out on arrival in Cuba that their hotel received no reservation or payment.

  • Avoid online shopping
  • Check with the hotel if they accept online reservations and payments if you plan to book online

Demonstrations

Demonstrations sometimes occur, even if taking part in them may be illegal. Local authorities will break up political demonstrations or gatherings not sanctioned by the government. They may also block access to the Internet, including social media, without notice.

Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic, public transportation.

  • Don’t participate in demonstrations
  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Water activities

Rescue services may not be consistent with international standards. Tidal changes can cause powerful currents, and riptides are common. Not all beaches have lifeguards or warning flags to warn of hazardous conditions.

  • Never swim alone or after hours
  • Don’t swim outside marked areas
  • Monitor weather warnings
  • Avoid visiting beaches or coastal areas during periods of severe weather warnings
  • Don’t dive into unknown water, as hidden rocks or shallow depths can cause serious injury or death
  • Consult residents and tour operators for information on possible hazards and safe swimming areas

Tour operators and diving centres may not adhere to international standards.

If you undertake adventure sports, such as diving:

  • choose a reputable company that has insurance
  • ensure that your travel insurance covers the recreational activities you choose
  • don’t use the equipment if you have any doubts about its safety

Recreational boating

If you are planning to go boating:

  • know the navigation rules
  • make sure life jackets are available for all passengers
  • follow safe practices for all water activities such as jet-skiing, water-skiing or fishing
  • don’t overload your boat capacity
  • carry a VHF marine radio that will generate your position in case of emergency
  • be prepared for emergencies

Water safety abroad

Road safety

Road safety standards are poor throughout the country. Accidents causing fatalities are common.

Road conditions

Road conditions are poor throughout the island, with the exception of the Central Highway, which runs west to east across the country. Driving may be dangerous due to:

  • poorly maintained roads
  • lack of signage
  • Inadequate lighting
  • roaming livestock
  • horse-drawn carts
  • pedestrians
  • slow-moving traffic

Most Cuban cars are old and in poor condition. They often lack standard safety equipment. Some cars and most bicycles don’t have functioning lights.

Driving habits

Some drivers don’t respect traffic laws. Many of them, driving an electric vehicle for which licence and registration are not required, are inexperienced and unqualified. Drinking and driving is also common.  

If you choose to drive in Cuba:

  • do so defensively at all times
  • avoid travelling at night
  • travel in groups when possible
  • never pick up hitchhikers, who have been known to assault drivers

Public transportation

City buses are scarce, overcrowded and poorly maintained. Bus service is not reliable.

Incidents of pickpocketing are frequent.

Tour companies offer good bus service between airports and the all-inclusive resorts. Buses used for organized day trips from hotels are usually in good condition.

Official taxis are generally reliable.

Old-model private vehicles offered as taxis are not equipped with standard safety features. They have no insurance coverage for passengers in case of an accident.

  • Use only registered taxis
  • Avoid flagging a taxi down on the street
  • Never share a taxi with strangers
  • Agree on a fare before departure, as taxis are not equipped with meters

The rail network is comprehensive, connecting most of the island, but it’s unreliable and slow. Train service is limited to Cuban nationals only.

Health incidents

The Government of Canada continues to investigate the potential causes of unexplained health incidents reported by some Canadian diplomatic staff and dependents posted to Havana.

There is no evidence that Canadian travellers to Cuba are at risk.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Cuban authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for the expected duration of your stay in Cuba.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: required Family visa: required Business visa: required

Tourist card

Canadian tourists travelling to Cuba need a visa, known as tourist card. The tourist card allows you to stay in Cuba for up to 90 days. The tourist card is generally included in holiday packages provided by tour operators or airlines providing direct flights from Canada. If you go to Cuba on your own or transit via another country, you are responsible for obtaining the tourist card from a Cuban government office in Canada. You may also buy it at some airports in Canada and in the United States.

Length of stay

As a Canadian tourist, you may stay in Cuba for up to 6 months.

However, you must obtain an extension of stay if you intend to stay longer than the initial 90-day period allowed by the standard tourist card.

D’Viajeros traveller information portal  – Government of Cuba

Arrival form

You must provide information on your arrival in Cuba via an online form within 72 hours before entering the country.

Once done, you will receive a QR code by email.

You must show an electronic or printed version of the QR code to authorities upon arrival.

Health insurance

You must show proof of valid health insurance to enter Cuba.

All health insurance policies are recognized in Cuba, except those issued by U.S. insurance companies. However, the Cuban immigration authorities will decide which proof of health insurance is acceptable.

Proof of health insurance may be:

  • an insurance policy
  • an insurance certificate
  • a Canadian provincial health insurance card

If you don’t have proof of health insurance or if the proof you present doesn’t satisfy the Cuban immigration authorities, you may have to obtain health insurance from a Cuban insurance company upon arrival. This insurance may have limited coverage. Local authorities may refuse your entry to the country.

Canadian provincial health care coverage provides very limited coverage outside Canada. It won’t pay for medical bills up-front. It does not include air evacuation, and neither does Cuban health insurance.

Cuban authorities won’t let you leave the country with outstanding medical bills, which are payable by credit card only. You will need to remain in Cuba until all debts are paid.

  • Make sure you purchase the best health insurance you can afford
  • Ensure the insurance includes medical evacuation and hospital stays

More on Travel insurance

Other entry requirements

Customs officials will ask you to show them:

  • a return or onward ticket
  • proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay
  • proof that you have a place to stay if arriving with “air only” tickets

Dual citizenship

If you’re both a Canadian and Cuban citizen, you must:

  • present your valid Cuban passport to the immigration authorities to enter Cuba
  • have a valid Canadian passport to return to Canada

If you were born in Cuba, you should contact a Cuban government office in Canada before you leave to ensure compliance with Cuban regulations, regardless of your current citizenship. Failure to do so may result in your being refused entry into Cuba or being detained upon entry.

Canadian permanent residents

You will not be able to leave Cuba if you are a Canadian permanent resident and are without a valid permanent resident card. If your card is lost or stolen, you must contact the Canadian Embassy in Havana to obtain a travel document that will allow you to leave the country. This procedure can take up to 10 working days. Once the document is ready, you'll need to make an appointment with the immigration section of the Canadian Embassy in Havana to collect it before returning to Canada.

Permanent resident travel document: How to apply

Health screening

You may be subjected to a medical screening or interrogation by public health authorities when you enter or exit Cuba, or when reporting for domestic flights.

You may be subject to a mandatory quarantine for medical observation for up to 7 days if local authorities believe that:

  • you have come in contact with a suspected carrier of one of these viruses
  • you’re arriving from a country with a known epidemic

Children and travel

  • Travelling with children

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 31 August, 2023
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 31 August, 2023

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country   where yellow fever occurs.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Contact a designated  Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre  well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

In this destination, rabies is carried by dogs and some wildlife, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. While travelling, take precautions , including keeping your distance from animals (including free-roaming dogs), and closely supervising children.

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. Rabies treatment is often available in this destination. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who are at high risk of exposure (e.g., occupational risk such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, children, adventure travellers and spelunkers, and others in close contact with animals). 

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.

The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Salmonellosis is a common illness among travellers to this country. It can be spread through contaminated food or beverages, such as raw or undercooked poultry and eggs, as well as fruits or vegetables.

Practice safe food and water precautions . This includes only eating food that is properly cooked and still hot when served.

Pregnant women, children under 5 years of age, those over 60 years of age, and those with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill.

Most people recover on their own without medical treatment and from proper rehydration (drinking lots of fluids).

  • Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Travellers with severe symptoms should consult a health care professional as soon as possible.

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus   is a risk in this country.

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause   serious birth defects .

Pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy should   visit a health care professional   before travelling to discuss the potential risks of travelling to this country. Pregnant women may choose to avoid or postpone travel to this country.

Travel recommendations:

  • Prevent mosquito bites   at all times.
  • If you are pregnant, always use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact with anyone who has travelled to this country for the duration of your pregnancy.
  • Women:   Wait 2 months after travel to this country or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer) before trying for a pregnancy. If your male partner travelled with you, wait 3 months after travel or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer).
  • Men:   Wait 3 months after travel to this country or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer) before trying for a pregnancy.

For more travel recommendations, see the travel health notice:  Zika virus: Advice for travellers

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Good health care is limited in availability.

The health system is government-owned. The Cuban government operates hospitals and clinics throughout the island.

Medical professionals are generally adequately trained. However, facilities are in poor condition. They lack basic drugs, medical supplies and equipment. Hygiene practices may be inadequate.

Medical services are also available at most hotels and international clinics located in resort areas, where doctors and nurses provide initial emergency medical care reserved for foreigners. Health care provided in those clinics is usually better than services offered in public facilities.

Mental health care facilities are extremely limited. There are no hotlines available for this type of care in the country.

Emergency and ambulance services are limited. Response times may be slow, especially outside tourist areas.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

 Many prescription medications may not be available in Cuba.

If you take prescription medication, you’re responsible for determining their legality in the country.

  • Bring enough of your medication with you
  • Always keep your medication in the original container
  • Pack your medication in your carry-on luggage
  • Carry a paper and an electronic copy of your prescriptions

Cuba faces severe medicine shortages, including antibiotics and common pain killers. In addition of your prescription medication, you should also bring your own basic medicine in sufficient quantities to last beyond the length of your intended stay.

Public health authorities implement insect control measures including periodic fumigation and aerial spraying.

  • Consult your doctor before traveling to see if the situation could affect you, especially if you suffer from respiratory ailments
  • Stay away from a nearby fumigation process

Death abroad

Standards of mortuary services in Cuba differ from those in Canada. Cultural and religious beliefs are not taken into consideration. Autopsies are mandatory.

There is one funeral home and one morgue in the country which cater to foreigners. Both are located in Havana. Only these facilities have the authorization to issue appropriate documentation to accompany human remains. Timelines for the repatriation of human remains are long and costly.

The capacity for refrigeration is limited, as well as the availability of coffins and urns. Embalming materials and techniques are unlike those in Canada. Embalming may not be an option in some circumstances.

Ensure your insurance includes coverage for the repatriation of human remains.

Death Abroad Factsheet

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Transfer to a Canadian prison

Canada and Cuba accede the Treaty between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of Cuba on the Serving of Penal Sentences. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Cuba to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Cuban authorities. This process can take a long time, and there is no guarantee that the transfer will be approved by either or both sides.

Cuban criminal justice

The criminal justice system in Cuba differs significantly from that in Canada. Charges are not laid until the investigation is complete. If you’re arrested in Cuba, you will likely be detained during the entire period of investigation. You should expect long delays to resolve your case. You will not be allowed to leave the country during this period.

Cuba’s constitution allows the death penalty, but since 2003, the country has effectively had a moratorium on carrying out death sentences.

Investments

Private property rights in Cuba are strictly controlled. Only Cubans and permanent residents can buy a property in Cuba or register a privately owned vehicle. Be wary of strangers or acquaintances offering to purchase these items on your behalf. If you plan on making investments in Cuba, seek legal advice in Canada and Cuba. Do so before making commitments. Related disputes could take time and be costly to resolve.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy prison sentences.

  • Pack your own luggage and monitor it closely at all times
  • Don’t transport other people’s packages, bags or suitcases

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Child sex tourism

It's a serious criminal offence to have sex with minors in Cuba.

Local authorities are actively working to prevent child sex tourism. Tourists, including Canadians, have been convicted of offences related to the corruption of minors aged 16 and under.

Prison sentences for this type of crime range from 7 to 25 years. Release on bail before trial is unlikely.

Child Sex Tourism: It’s a Crime

 To get married in Cuba, you must provide several documents including:

  • your birth certificate
  • a copy of your passport
  • your decree absolute certificate if divorced
  • a death certificate for your spouse and a marriage certificate if widowed
  • an affidavit of your single status if you have never been married before

All documents must be translated into Spanish, certified, authenticated and legalised by the Embassy of Cuba in Canada.

 Consult the Embassy of Cuba in Canada if you wish to marry in Cuba, including to a Cuban national.

  • Foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada
  • Marriage overseas factsheet

Drones are prohibited.

They will be confiscated by the authorities upon entry.

Photography

Professional photographers require a visa to work in Cuba. They may also need a permit to import their equipment.

It’s forbidden to photograph, including with drones:

  • military and police installations or personnel
  • harbour, rail and airport facilities

Military zones and any other restricted or heavily guarded areas are not always identified.

Identification

Authorities may request to see your ID at any time.

  • Keep a photocopy of your passport in case it’s lost or seized
  • Keep a digital copy of your ID and travel documents

Dual citizenship is not legally recognized in Cuba.

If local authorities consider you a citizen of Cuba, they may refuse to grant you access to Canadian consular services. This will prevent us from providing you with those services.

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. It does not apply between Canada and Cuba.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Cuba by an abducting parent:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Cuba to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre.

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

Imports and exports

Personal effects and medicine.

Tourists are allowed to enter Cuba with personal effects but items entering the country for donations may be subject to import rules. They could be seized and taxed in accordance with local legislation. This includes:

  • new or used material goods
  • personal care products
  • medications

Cuban customs officials have the authority to decide what they deem to be for the tourist's personal use. They may apply steep tariffs for personal baggage exceeding the allowable weight.

You may export:

  • up to 20 cigars without documentation
  •  up to 50 cigars if they are in their original container, closed and sealed with the official hologram

If exceeding these amounts, you must provide a guarantee of origin certificate.

Failure to comply with this regulation will lead to the seizure of the cigars without compensation.

Art objects

Art objects, including artifacts and paintings purchased in Cuba, must be accompanied by an export permit. It’s usually provided by state-owned galleries.

In the absence of such a permit, items must be registered with the Registro Nacional de Bienes Culturales.

Ministry of Culture – Government of Cuba

Electronic devices

Electronic devices with GPS technology may be confiscated upon entry and returned upon departure.

Satellite telephones are forbidden.

Electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers

You cannot bring electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizers to Cuba.

Customs officials will seize these items upon arrival.

Black market

Street vendors may offer you black-market goods, such as cigars, or ask to change dollars for Cuban currency.

Engaging in black-market transactions is illegal and can lead to difficulties with the Cuban authorities.

Cuban Customs Administration  – Government of Cuba

Boat traffic

The U.S. government closely monitors boat traffic in the Straits of Florida. It will seize any vessel not bearing a licence from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) if it believes it’s headed for Cuba.

You’re subject to these measures if you dock your Canadian-registered boat in Florida. You’ll be exempted if you are simply en route to Cuba via the U.S.

If travelling by boat to Cuba from the US:

  • Make sure to know the regulation related to docking and port controls
  • Expect thorough search and interrogations

You should carry an international driving permit.

International Driving Permit

Traffic accidents

Traffic accidents have led to arrest and detentions of Canadians in the past.

Accidents resulting in death or injury are treated as crimes. The onus is on the driver to prove innocence. If you’re found to bear responsibility in a traffic accident resulting in serious injury or death, you may face up to 10 years in prison.

If you’re involved in an accident:

  • don’t leave the scene
  • don’t move your vehicle
  • call the police

While car insurance is mandatory for foreign drivers and foreign-registered vehicles, it's not for Cuban citizens. As a result, most local drivers don't carry a car insurance. You shouldn’t expect compensation for vehicle damage or personal injury from a Cuban driver following a car accident.

Vehicle rentals

Car insurance coverage in Cuba differs from that in Canada.

Rental agencies are government-controlled. If you’re found to be at fault in an accident, the rental agency will nullify your coverage and seek compensation to cover the cost of repairs.

Cuban authorities can prohibit you from leaving the country unless the rental agency receives payment or until all claims associated with an accident are settled.

Contract agreements don’t cover occasional drivers. As a result, the signatory is responsible for all people driving the vehicle.

  • Be cautious if you rent a vehicle in Cuba
  • Avoid renting a scooter; thieves target them and you may be responsible for the cost of its replacement
  • Make sure to obtain a receipt when returning a rental vehicle

The currency of Cuba is the Cuban peso (CUP).

Credit cards issued by U.S. financial institutions or affiliated with U.S. banks are not accepted in Cuba.

Canadian credit cards are increasingly accepted at restaurants and hotels. However, the system is unreliable and bank cards may not work or may stop working without notice.

ATMs are rare and also unreliable. Each withdrawal is limited to 5 000 CUP, when possible.

You may obtain credit card cash advances at banks, hotels or a state-run exchange bureau, but in CUP only.

When travelling to Cuba, you should plan to bring enough currency to cover the duration of your stay. You should also plan for small bank notes to facilitate daily transactions such as, street food, taxis and tips.  

You can easily exchange Canadian and American dollars, as well as euros for CUP at:

  • the money exchange bureaus in Cuba’s international airports
  • major hotels
  • official exchange bureaus

It’s illegal to change money on the street or anywhere else other than authorized entities.

You cannot go through Cuban customs with more than 5 000 CUP.

Hurricane season

Hurricanes usually occur from mid-May to the end of November. During this period, even small tropical storms can quickly develop into major hurricanes.

These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.

If you decide to travel to a coastal area during the hurricane season:

  • know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks
  • be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
  • stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
  • follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons
  • Large-scale emergencies abroad
  • Active storm tracking and hurricane watches and warnings  - United States’ National Hurricane Center

Rainy season

The rainy season extends from April to October.

Seasonal flooding can hamper overland travel and reduce the delivery of essential services. Roads may become impassable due to mudslides and landslides. Bridges, buildings, and infrastructure may be damaged.

Earthquakes

Cuba is located in an active seismic zone.

Earthquakes may occur. Even minor earthquakes can cause significant damage.

In the event of an earthquake:

  • monitor local media to stay informed of the evolving situation
  • follow the instructions of local authorities, including evacuation orders
  • Earthquakes – What to Do?
  • Latest earthquakes  - U.S. Geological Survey

Local services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 106
  • medical assistance: 104
  • firefighters: 105

Consular assistance

For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada to Cuba, in Havana, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Travel Vaccines and Advice for Cuba

Passport Health offers a variety of options for travellers throughout the world.

Cuba is an exotic travel destination that is slowly opening up for more tourists.

Strong influences from Spanish and African roots make it culturally diverse. Exotic rhythms like salsa and rumba can be found everywhere in Cuba, as many dances and music originated there.

Cuba has remained relatively untouched by outside influence, making it a unique destination.

Do I Need Vaccines for Cuba?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Cuba. The PHAC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Cuba: COVID-19 , hepatitis A , hepatitis B , typhoid , cholera , yellow fever , rabies , meningitis , polio , measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) , Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) , chickenpox , shingles , pneumonia and influenza .

See the bullets below to learn more about some of these key immunizations:

  • COVID-19 – Airborne – Recommended for all travellers
  • Hepatitis A – Food & Water – Recommended for most travellers
  • Hepatitis B – Blood & Body Fluids – Recommended for travellers to most regions.
  • Typhoid – Food & Water – Recommended for travellers to most regions.
  • Cholera – Food & Water – Though rare, cholera is present in Cuba. Vaccination may be recommended for long-term travellers, aid works and those visiting rural areas.
  • Yellow Fever – Mosquito – Required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • Rabies – Saliva of Infected Animals – High risk country. Vaccine recommended for long-term travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
  • Meningitis – Airborne & Direct Contact – Given to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk, especially students.
  • Polio – Food & Water – Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended.
  • Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) – Various Vectors – Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended.
  • TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis) – Wounds & Airborne – Only one adult booster of pertussis required.
  • Chickenpox – Direct Contact & Airborne – Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox.
  • Shingles – Direct Contact – Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.
  • Pneumonia – Airborne – Two vaccines given separately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both.
  • Influenza – Airborne – Vaccine components change annually.

See the tables below for more information:

Dengue is one of the few mosquito-borne diseases present in Cuba. Unlike many other Caribbean nations, Cuba was able to avoid a major Zika outbreak. Mosquito repellents and netting are recommended for Cuba.

Rabies is present in the country as well. Consider vaccination, especially if going to rural areas or staying for more than two weeks.

See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now .

Do I Need a Visa or Passport for Cuba?

A visa is required for entry. Tourist cards are generally provided by tour operators or airlines. If you plan to visit Cuba on your own, a government office of Cuba in Canada may be able to provide one.

Sources: Embassy of Cuba and Canadian Travel and Tourism

Visit the Canadian Travel and Tourism website for more information on entry and exit requirements.

What Is the Climate Like in Cuba?

The climate in Cuba is sub-tropical. The average year-round temperature is approximately 25°C and there’s plenty of sunshine.

The hottest time of the year is summer, from June to August. Summer is also the most festive time of the year with carnivals and event held in many cities throughout the country.

Cuba has a rainy season from May to October. Occasional bursts of rainfall can be expected in the afternoons. Cuba remains a popular summer destination, as the rainfalls bring relief in the heat.

December, January, and February are the coolest months of the year. During the winter months, occasional cold fronts can decrease the temperatures to the teens for short periods of time.

How Safe Is Cuba?

Cuba is a relatively safe country for travellers. The roads are good condition, but driving at night should be avoided, as there are no streetlights. Crimes are very uncommon in there. There are virtually no firearms or illicit drugs.

But, still practice common sense, since pick-pocketing and opportunistic theft are popular as in every tourist resort.

Strong military and police presence can be expected. The biggest threat to travellers’ safety is attending demonstrations and gatherings, as even peaceful demonstrations can turn confrontational without warning.

What Should I Pack for Cuba?

While more developed than many other Caribbean nations, it is still important to bring key items with you to Cuba.

  • Cash – Most transactions are carried out in cash. Currency can be changed in most national exchange offices. Make sure to bring enough cash to last during your vacation.
  • Swimsuit – Get ready for a warm weather and hot sun! Bring your own swimsuit, to make sure you enjoy your holidays to the fullest.
  • Sunscreen – The endless hours by the pool might start to sting if you don’t protect your skin. Bring your own sunscreen, as outside of Havana and Varaderoas it might be hard to find.
  • First-aid kit – Cuba’s pharmacies can only offer a small selection of medications. Pack your own medicine kit equipped with bandages, pain killers, digestion medicine and any prescriptions.
  • Insect repellent – Tropical insects can carry various diseases. To avoid any health threats caused by the insects, it is important to protect yourself from them. It is best to bring your own repellent, as the Cuban stores and pharmacies may have a limited selection.

Visiting the Varadero

Varadero is a popular place in Cuba for people to go on vacation because it has beautiful beaches and many fun things to do.

There are over 20 kilometers of white sandy beaches where you can swim, sunbathe, and play in the water. You can also try different water activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing.

Varadero has many natural areas to explore, like the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve which has hiking trails and caves to explore. If you like to play golf, Varadero has some golf courses with amazing views.

You can also learn about the local culture by visiting places like the Bellamar Caves, the Tropicana Cabaret, and the Josone Park. If you enjoy trying different foods, there are many restaurants in Varadero that serve Cuban and international dishes.

At night, there are bars and nightclubs where you can dance and have fun.

Canadian Embassy in Cuba

Once in Cuba, the information for the Canadian Embassy is:

Canadian Embassy in Cuba Calle 30 No. 518 (esq. 7ma) Miramar (Playa) Ciudad de la Habana Cuba Tel.: (53-7) 204-2516/7

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I agree there should be some kind of awareness, but a travel warning seems a bit over the top, just my opinion... usually a travel warning has almost everything to do with crime.

Some of the information is a stretch as well, like bringing up that protests could effect tourists and that is a very rare chance, especially since there have not really been any to speak of. Not like some other countries whose civil unrest could actaully be a danger point.

Unlike before the internet, who travels these days without some type of pre research. If they don't , then they have to deal with what they come upon.

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Checking travel advisory’s is ‘ pre research ‘ .

I guess it depends alot on the experience of each traveler, in general.

Yes I went to Mexico for 3 weeks ….. travel advisor said gangs in the streets , danger danger .

I’m still alive .

Never had a problem .

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Don't get the 'fuss' about this. Travel advice is just that, advice. What has been said in Canada has been out on the travel advisory boards in some countries in Europe for a long time, like here in the Netherlands.

https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/reisadvies/cuba

It is just that simple, travel advice so that the traveler is aware of some of the risks. Nothing more. No need to get all upset over advice to make sure the vacationer is aware of some or certain risks, that are to be fair, relatively true. To point out to be aware of shortages and other things is in my eyes a good thing, since most people pack their brains with their luggage 90% of the time.

What hurts Cuba at the moment is the knock on effect of the current situation, that is getting worse for the average Cuban. But that is politics, but at some point it will mix with tourism, and is unfortunately noticeable. The majority of the top knowledgables on this forum have their contacts and connections, so have 0 issues because they know their way around their respective area's. The average tourist that chose the location because of a brochure, doesn't. And there is the crux of the disconnect...

Just back from 1 week Holguin , and 2 weeks Baracoa with the novia. Not much in the stores down there, but during my time there was one power outage only. No rice, just 'arroz verde' we made it work one way or the other.

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Travel advice is okay. It is usually good for one thing only; insurance in case something happens.

Worked in travel insurance for a while the first thing that is checked is usually the travel advice if appilcable...

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I would read this and know what to expect, and either park my expectations or pick a different spot to visit. At the prices I'm seeing now, I would probably choose a different destination at the same price point. If we get back to crazy low prices? I can handle a lot of cabbage and no vodka.

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  1. Travel advice and advisories for Cuba

    Cuba travel advice Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories) Latest updates: The Need help? section was updated. Last updated: January 18, 2024 14:15 ET On this page Risk levels Safety and security Entry and exit requirements Health Laws and culture Natural disasters and climate Risk levels

  2. Embassies and consulates

    Cuba Local services Emergency services Consular assistance Havana - Embassy of Canada Guardalavaca - Consulate of Canada Varadero - Consulate of Canada For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada to Cuba, in Havana, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

  3. Travel.gc.ca

    2024-01-02 Government of Canada's official one-stop-shop for comprehensive international travel information.

  4. Return to Canada

    Customs Information on what you can bring to Canada, how to declare it and the costs of importing goods for personal use U.S. to Canada border wait times Regularly updated list of wait times at border crossing points for drivers coming to Canada from the U.S. Traveller entry requirements What you need to cross the border into Canada

  5. Conseils et avertissements pour Cuba

    Conseils aux voyageurs pour Cuba Faites preuve d'une grande prudence (avec avertissements régionaux) Dernière mise à jour : La section Besoin d'aide? a été mise à jour. Date de la dernière mise à jour : 18 janvier 2024 14:15 ET Sur cette page Niveaux de risque Sécurité Exigences d'entrée et de sortie Santé Lois et coutumes

  6. Government of Canada services and information in Havana, Cuba

    Passport services. Refer to Canadian passports and travel documents. You can pay online for all your passport services before completing your passport application. Book an appointment by email at [email protected] to present your documents in person. Bring your online payment receipt to your appointment.

  7. Canada and Cuba

    Travel advice and advisories - Cuba Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories) Travel advice, passport and entry requirements, health and safety information, and more. Coming to Canada Apply to immigrate. Get a visa to study, work or visit Canada. Travelling outside of Canada

  8. Embassy of Canada to Cuba, in Havana

    Address Calle 30, No. 518 esquina a 7ma, Miramar, Havana, 11300, Cuba Contact us Jobs at our office

  9. Changes to services offered in Havana, Cuba

    Ottawa, July 29, 2019 - On August 1, 2019, a number of visa and biometrics services that were originally offered at the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) visa office in Havana, Cuba will once again be available at the Embassy of Canada. These services will facilitate the travel of Cubans to Canada and will make the process quicker, easier and less costly for applicants.

  10. Cuba Creates New Vacation Program For Canadian Tourists

    Cuba is open for tourism and airlines in Canada have resumed flights to the island, along with hotel and vacation packages. All travelers will be required to fill out a health declaration card before being allowed entry in Cuba. Passengers to Cuba will be tested at the airport upon arrival. The cost of this test is covered by the Cuban government.

  11. Consular Services

    The cost of the procedure is as follows: • $ 352.00 CAD for the legalization of the Divorce Certificate and the translation into Spanish ($ 176.00 CAD each). • $40.00 for the shipment of the file. If the application is made by mail, an extra consular fee of $ 40.00 CAD will be charged for non personal service.

  12. Travel advice and advisories

    The Government of Canada's official source of travel information and advice, the Travel Advice and Advisories help you to make informed decisions and travel safely while you are outside Canada. Check the page for your destination often, because safety and security conditions may change. See Travel Advice and Advisories - FAQ for more information.

  13. Gocuba.ca

    Cuba Tourist Board. 1200 Bay Street. Suite 305. Toronto. ON. M5R 2A5 Telephone: +1 (416) 362-0700 Email: [email protected]

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    Travelling from Canada to Cuba, you just need a valid Canadian passport, if your passport is from another country, you need your Canadian resident card or a work or study permit that includes a multiple-entry permit attached to your passport.

  15. Documents you need to Travel

    Tips. Documents you need to Travel. Canadian nationals holding a valid Canadian passport or a Canadian permanent resident card do not need a visa to enter Cuba. They can travel with their valid passports (and PR card) and the tourist card that is included in the holiday package (provided onboard or at the airline counter at airports in Canada ...

  16. Canada's Travel Advisory for Cuba

    6 reviews 12 helpful votes Canada's Travel Advisory for Cuba Jul 6, 2023, 11:38 a.m. Save Has anyone seen the travel advisory put out yesterday by Canada for Cuba, https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/cuba. They are listing Cuba as Exercise a high degree of caution due to shortages of basic necessities including food, medicine and fuel.

  17. Canada's Travel Advisory for Cuba

    Cuba Resorts were packed with Canadians in the past.. Last 3 times I visited, no bueno, hardly anyone there, ghost towns, last visit in June 2022. Debating to head out this weekend? Co worker just returned, said save your money, not worth going, other than the beauful beach.

  18. Canada's Travel Advisory for Cuba

    6 reviews 12 helpful votes Canada's Travel Advisory for Cuba Jul 6, 2023, 11:38 AM Save Has anyone seen the travel advisory put out yesterday by Canada for Cuba, https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/cuba. They are listing Cuba as Exercise a high degree of caution due to shortages of basic necessities including food, medicine and fuel.

  19. Canada's Travel Advisory for Cuba

    Cuba faces chronic and severe shortages of ‎basic necessities, including: food. bottled water. medication. fuel. hard-currency. Fuel shortages are currently critical and affect a wide range of services. Travelling across the island is extremely challenging.

  20. Travel advice and advisories for Cuba

    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

  21. Travel Vaccines and Advice for Cuba

    Food & Water. Though rare, cholera is present in Cuba. Vaccination may be recommended for long-term travellers, aid works and those visiting rural areas. Yellow Fever. Mosquito. Required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Rabies. Saliva of Infected Animals. High risk country.

  22. Canada's Travel Advisory for Cuba

    Re: Canada's Travel Advisory for Cuba Jul 9, 2023, 11:07 AM Tripadvisor staff removed this post because it did not meet Tripadvisor's forum guideline limiting each user to a single forums screen name.