Spanish, cigars, and sangria, just a few things the fairly mysterious country of Cuba is known for. This small island is rich with history and culture, and thanks to new laws that have been passed between Cuba and the United States, many will now be able to learn and experience everything this island has to offer first hand. The best part is, you won’t have to go uninsured either. Just in case you didn’t know, the United States government has restricted travel to Cuba since the 1960’s, ever since Fidel Castro came to power. So even though the borders aren’t fully open to American citizens, this is the first time in over 50 years that many will have the opportunity to experience Cuba in a way that wasn’t even an option before.
The U.S. government has loosened the travel restrictions to allow Americans the ability to travel freely to Cuba, just not as freely as you may think. While American citizens won’t need prior authorization to visit the country that is famously 90 miles south of Florida, there is still a catch. The U.S. government has limited travel to journalists, government officials, those licensed by the Treasury Department, academic purposes, and those with immediate family members living in the country. Independent travel to Cuba still remains prohibited for Americans. Oh, and if you were planning on bringing back some Cohibas with you, there are limits to the amount you are allowed to bring home. Visitors will be allowed to spend more, being able to bring back up to $100 in Cuban cigars and even use credit cards.
U.S. companies are now following suit after the loosened ban on travel to Cuba. It hasn’t happened across the board yet, but airlines, hotels, travel agencies, and many other businesses will soon look to expand their business into Cuba. So for the time being, it still may be difficult finding travel accommodations to get to Cuba with no direct flights available, so be prepared for layovers and having to take connecting flights from Mexico or other countries within the area.
Of course our favorite business expanding into Cuba is insurance! The Cuban government requires that all visitors must obtain a medical insurance policy upon entering the country. Typically, those that do not have an international insurance policy, travel insurance can act as their primary insurance while abroad. For those who were wondering, there are several travel insurance options that offer coverage in Cuba just as it would anywhere in the world! So if you are planning on making the trip, contact us for your travel insurance that includes Cuban coverage!
Keep in mind that all of the changes that are forthcoming are new, and new information can present itself at any time. Be sure to check in regularly to stay aware of any updates.
If you have any questions about your travel insurance regarding Cuba, or are interested in purchasing yacht crew insurance or expat insurance, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. For more information on insurance regarding Cuba, read our previous blog, “What Does Cuba’s Opened Borders Mean for Your Insurance?” MHG has the insurance specialists to assist and advise you, your loved ones, group, or business, on all of your insurance needs.