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Monday, March 15, 2010

Medical insurance soon required for all visitors to Cuba

Medical insurance soon required for all visitors to Cuba

Beginning May 1, 2010, foreigners and Cuban emigrants must carry a travel insurance policy with medical coverage in order to enter Cuba.

Cuba’s Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers published the new measure in the nation’s Official Gazette on February 16, which also states that foreign citizens who have temporary residence in Cuba must have medical insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay.

Diplomats and representatives of accredited international organizations will be exempt from mandatory insurance.

According to the measure, policies must be purchased from either foreign insurance companies approved by the Cuban government or Cuban firms at points of entry into the country.

Neither a list of approved foreign firms nor the eligibility requirements for approval has been released.

The cost of policies sold by Cuban firms and what they cover has not yet been disclosed.

Tourism is one of Cuba's main sources of income. In 2009, 2.42 million people, including nearly 300,000 Cuban emigrants, visited the island.

We will continue to keep you informed as new information is made available.