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New entry requirement to Cuba related to health insurance: Effective May 1st, 2010

News Release

The Government of Cuba has established a new entry requirement that is effective May 1st, 2010. Travellers visiting Cuba must present proof of health insurance to cover medical care fees that may be incurred during their trip. This insurance must be issued by a Cuban insurance entity or by a foreign insurance company recognized by Cuba.

To date, we have not been informed of the criteria that Cuban authorities will use to formally recognize foreign insurance companies; details of this new requirement have yet to be announced.

We are currently waiting for more details from our travel assistance provider CanAssistance, the Cuba Tourist Board in Canada, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada. CanAssistance is in close communication with the only official travel assistance society in Cuba, Asistur.

In the meantime, Canadian travellers may continue to travel to Cuba, providing their return flight is prior to May 1st, 2010.

We will keep you updated on further developments so that you may inform your plan members appropriately.