HEALTH & MEDICAL
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for general health and safety information, recommended vaccines and medicines, and travel health notices.
Vaccines are typically not required for travel to Cuba. However, we recommend that you visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information, as well as recommendations based upon age and health.
It is advisable to drink only bottled water. However, it is generally safe to eat at businesses that cater to tourists. The food in these establishments is usually prepared and cooked with filtered and treated water. The ice is usually made from the same filtered and treated water. That all said, it is alway a good idea to bring over-the-counter medicines like Lomotil or Imodium to treat the symptoms of diarrhea. You might also want to consult with your doctor about Cipro, a powerful prescription anti-biotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.
Cuban authorities require that all visitors to the island purchase insurance coverage for medical emergencies while in Cuba. This insurance is included in the cost of your airfare to Cuba. View the airline's website for details and terms of coverage.
Cuba has the highest percentage of physicians per capita in the world and they take great pride in providing tourists with good medical care.
Although there are numerous hospitals and clinics in Havana, Americans generally use the Cira Garcia Hospital in the Miramar neighborhood, which is operated specifically for foreigners and provides better quality care. Medical consultations and treatment at Cira Garcia require payment in Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) or with a credit card issued by a non-U.S. bank. The CIMEQ Hospital is a military hospital that can be only be used in extreme emergencies with special permission from the Cuban government.
Calle 20 No. 4101 esq. a Av. 41
+53 7 204 2811
Calle 216 esq. a Calle 11B
Siboney, La Habana
+53 7 858 1000
Hotel Parque Central and Hotel Nacional each have a 24-hour physician available at a nominal cost for guests. If you are staying elsewhere the hotel staff is supposed to direct you to a clinic, but they have been known to make exceptions under certain circumstances.
+53 7 204 4300
National Air Ambulance
Fort Lauderdale Airport
3495 SW 9th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
+1 954 327 3710 (24 hrs) or +1 954 359 9900
911 Emergency Numbers
Police - Dial 106
Fire - Dial 105