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Risk / Health Info for Cuba

Do I need vaccines for Cuba?

There are some recommended vaccines for Cuba and Global Travel Clinics can help you arrange these. Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines will protect you against two food- and water-borne illnesses. Another GI disease that you can get an injection for is cholera. Cases are reported from time to time in Cuba and you can ask whether the cholera shot is suitable for you.

Rabies occurs in Cuba and if you are going to a remote region or if you will be working with animals particularly bats and dogs consider getting this shot. Children should also be vaccinated against rabies as they may get bitten while playing with animals, often on the face or neck. Cyclists are another group at risk from rabies. Seek urgent medical advice about an animal bite or scratch in Cuba, even if you have been vaccinated.

Can I get medical treatment in Cuba?

Medical facilities are good on the island, particularly in Havana. Travellers can get healthcare from the international clinics found in most tourist areas. Evacuation may be necessary if you need specialist care, or psychiatric care, so ensure your travel health insurance is up-to-date.

The emergency number in Cuba is 104.

Will I be able to purchase medication in Cuba?

Some pharmaceuticals are in short supply in Cuba and you should bring whatever you need for your entire trip.

Protect your health in Cuba

It is possible to contract several mosquito-borne illnesses in Cuba so it is a very good idea to avoid bites wherever possible. You should wear clothing with good limb coverage and use a reliable insect repellent. Sleep under nets wherever possible. And if a vaccine or prophylaxis is available, make use of it.

To combat mosquito-borne diseases the Cuban authorities fumigate regularly. Some travellers may react badly to the chemicals used.

For more mosquito avoidance advice, speak with your travel advisor or check NHS Fit for Travel.

Chikungunya virus in Cuba
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported in Cuba. It is spread by day-biting mosquitoes and you can guard against infection by covering up and using mosquito repellents. Infection results in joint pains, fever, rash and headache. It clears up after a few days, but some patients are left with swollen and painful joints for weeks or even years afterwards.
Dengue fever in Cuba
There have been cases of the mosquito-borne virus dengue fever in Cuba. Dengue fever is also known as breakbone fever because of the severe bone, joint and muscular pains it causes, in addition to flu-like fever and headache. There is no vaccine for dengue fever. Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents (50% DEET) and by wearing protective clothing. Sleeping with mosquito nets is also recommended.
Zika in Cuba
Global Affairs Canada has issued a warning about the risk of contracting Zika in Cuba. Zika is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, and infection during pregnancy has been linked to birth defects. Women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should take advice before travelling to Cuba. Zika symptoms include rash, itch, mild fever, headache, red eyes, muscle and joint pains. Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents (50% DEET) and by wearing protective clothing. Mosquito nets and air conditioning should be used when sleeping.

Covid-19 Testing for Cuba

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Recommended Vaccines for Cuba

Vaccine NameCourse
Hepatitis A2 Doses
Hepatitis A and typhoid (combined)1 Dose
Hepatitis A (paediatric)1 Dose
Typhoid1 Dose
Typhoid (oral)1 Dose
This is a general list of travel vaccinations and immunisations for Cuba. Specific vaccines can only be determined after appointment with our travel nurse.

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About Cuba

The Republic of Cuba comprises the island of Cuba and several other smaller islands and archipelagos. High healthcare standards are making Cuba increasingly popular with medical tourists. The climate is tropical and there is plenty to interest visitors in terms of culture and natural history.

top Tips for travelling to Cuba

Cuba has an official hitch-hiking system known as El Amarillo. There are designated points on main roads where certain types of vehicle are obliged to pick up anyone who wants a lift. El Amarillo is attended by government officials in yellow uniforms who will organise your ride for you. You need to speak a bit of Spanish to use El Amarillo, and it helps to have a flexible schedule.