In 1960, President Kennedy instituted an embargo against Cuba. For the last 54 years, the country of Cuba had been blocked from commercial, economic and financial development with citizens and businesses in the United States.
In December of 2014, President Obama began the slow process of reestablishing diplomatic communications with the Cuban political sector, which has loosened the embargo on the private sector as well. With this change, United States citizens look toward Cuba as an outlet for travel.
While general tourism is still banned, the United States government has released 12 available reasons for travel to Cuba. These include visiting family living in Cuba, journalistic activities, professional research and meetings and humanitarian projects. You can find the complete list at the White House’s website.
Travel to Cuba is still highly monitored and regulated by both the United States and Cuban government. You must provide proper documentation with your application for travel to the United States government; and the Cuban government must be notified of your travel plans, visa information and requires you to purchase travel insurance, with medical coverage, prior to visiting the nation.
InsureMyTrip has several travel insurance plan options for travelers going to Cuba. Sixteen of our top-rated insurance providers extend plans to the nation of Cuba, and they all include medical coverage during travel. Anyone traveling to Cuba should look specifically at the following providers:
AXA Assistance USA
HCC Medical Insurance Services
All United States citizen travelers purchasing travel insurance with an InsureMyTrip provider must assert, whether online or on the phone, the following statement during the quoting process:
I acknowledge that I am traveling to Cuba for reasons deemed permissible by the US Government and that all listed travelers have the proper documentation required by the US Government to travel to Cuba.
If you are traveling to Cuba, travel insurance is a requirement. But don’t use that as an excuse to settle. Be sure to review each policy and compare them closely. The relationship with Cuba is new; we want you to be covered as completely as necessary for you to travel worry-free and to complete your business with the nation.
Whitehouse.gov on Foriegn Policy for Cuba
U.S. State Department Travel Information for Cuba