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Travel insurance mandatory for travellers to Cuba

13th May 2010 Print warns that holidays could be stopped before they even start if tourists forget their travel insurance documents when heading to Cuba.

British tourist numbers heading for Cuba have increased considerably in the last few years. The country certainly offers an exotic alternative to other hot destinations as well as a sense of adventure. But it appears that sense of adventure may have been costing the Cuban government too much.

With effect from 1st May 2010, the Cuban government introduced new legislation that requires that any tourists visiting the country must ensure they have sufficient travel insurance before they leave home. And leading online travel insurance website, is warning holidaymakers not to forget their insurance cover paperwork. Otherwise they could find themselves refused entry!

“The new regulations require that anyone arriving at Cuba’s borders must show their travel insurance documents before they will be granted entry”, explained Sarah Taylor, Online Manager, “And they need to ensure that their travel policy provides medical cover for the duration of their trip, including evacuation by air if required.

“We believe that most holidaymakers heading for more far-flung locations see travel insurance as a ‘must have’ purchase. But what we’re worried about with these new regulations is that travellers may forget to pack their paperwork. And without proof that they have the right level of travel insurance cover, they may find that they are turned away before they even get a chance to experience this exciting country.

“The Foreign & Commonwealth Office states that, in exceptional circumstances, travellers may be able to purchase a policy from Cuban insurance companies at the port of entry. But we believe UK holidaymakers would prefer to have the peace of mind that they’re covered by a UK insurer with a good network of medical and repatriation services if needed.” is also warning holidaymakers to make sure their travel insurance offers the right level of cover to satisfy the Cuban government. “In particular they specify that the travel cover must include medical repatriation if required”, continued Sarah Taylor. “So it’s crucial that travellers check the level of cover their insurer offers. Some may be caught out by very low priced policies that put limits on the type of medical cover offered.”

In the event of a medical emergency,’s support team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They can help arrange the medical care needed, including, if necessary, repatriation back to the UK. The medical support team includes people speaking 15 different languages in the head office, as well as external agents, providing unrivalled support at a time of crisis.

“Whether you’re halfway round the world or just across the Channel, you want the security of knowing there is expert care and support in the event of illness or an accident” concluded Sarah Taylor. “At we understand the stress and anxiety of falling ill far away from home and are there to provide the support needed." Single Trip Travel Insurance provides a full range of single trip travel insurance policies catering for families, couples and single holidaymakers. The policy gives travellers the essential elements of travel insurance cover for their trip, with the flexibility to adjust the policy to fit personal requirements and budget.

Key benefits
• For single trips of up to 3 months
• Silver, Gold & Platinum cover available
• Excess waiver available on all policies
• FREE cover for children on single trip policies
• Cheap cover for last minute bookings (ability to remove cancellation cover)
• Airline failure, winter sports, golf, business and wedding cover available
• 24-hour worldwide medical emergency assistance
• Text message service providing policy number and emergency assistance details