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Is it safe to travel to Cuba?

Following the recent passing of Fidel Castro, here's the latest information on any developments that might affect travel to Cuba. We've got advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, plus visa information, in case you are planning to travel to Cuba or are currently in the country.

The country is respecting a 9 day period of mourning lasting until 4th December, and as such those who are looking to travel, or are currently travelling in Cuba, may experience a more sombre atmosphere.

All public events have been cancelled during this mourning period. Some museums will be closed and many bars and restaurants will be switching off their music, with a citywide ban on alcohol in Havana. There are to be two rallies, due to take place on 29th November and 3rd December. While there are no levels of threat, the FCO recommends keeping an eye on the local media and reaching out to your tour operator, hotels, or airlines about any possible changes to your booking.

Cuba travel advice

If you’re planning to book a holiday to Cuba next year, it should be noted our data shows that *flight searches to the island have seen a 26% increase from the UK and 16% increase from the US in the week following Castro’s passing. This may impact flight availability and prices and we would recommend setting up price alerts** to monitor prices changes as and when they happen to get the best deal.

Do you need a visa to go to Cuba?

Prior to travelling you will need to get a tourist card which is valid for up to one trip of 30 days. If you have any questions on visas, the Cuban Embassy is your best go-to. Although crime levels are low, it is a must that you take out travel and medical insurance before visiting Cuba; you’ll be asked to present these documents upon arrival on the island.

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*Data is based on a week on week comparison (comparing 20th November 2016 against 27th November 2016) of UK and US searches to Cuba. Skyscanner looked at 250 million exits on flights over a three-year period to make the data as robust and accurate as possible. Our overall result of seven weeks to book in advance should be considered as a guide for travellers. While Skyscanner has identified the average flight prices and best time to book, there will never be one date where it can guarantee that flight prices will be at their cheapest. However, there are clear trends we can see that are useful to show travellers.

Information correct as of 29th November 2016, obtained from Please always check the latest guidance at before booking a trip

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