Cuba to require medical insurance for tourists


The government of President Raúl Castro stated that as of May 1 foreigners and Cubans living in other countries may enter Cuba only if they carry a travel insurance policy with medical coverage.

Foreigners with temporary residence in Cuba also should have a health insurance policy during their stay on the Caribbean island, according to an agreement of the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers published Saturday in the Official Gazette.

Policies shall be issued by insurers recognized in Cuba and may also recruit at points of entry into the country, according to the rules.

Diplomats and representatives of international organizations accredited in the country are exempt from that provision, the statement said.

According to official figures, 2.4 million people, of whom nearly 300 thousand Cubans living abroad, visited Cuba in 2009.