More Americans are expected to head to Cuba thanks to relaxed travel restrictions, and those travelers are going to need insurance to meet the country’s entry requirements, says travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth.
The Cuban government requires travelers to have medical insurance that provides coverage within the country. Squaremouth notes that while many U.S. health insurers will not offer coverage in Cuba, many travel insurance companies do.
In fact, as of March, Squaremouth has already sold 10 percent more travel insurance policies for Americans traveling to Cuba this year than in all of 2015. And with an average trip cost of nearly $5,000, many of those travelers are opting to purchase travel insurance that includes trip cancellation benefits in addition to the required medical coverage.
Tourism to Cuba is still banned, meaning travelers looking for coverage must provide documentation that they are traveling for an authorized purpose, such as humanitarian projects or educational “people-to-people” travel, Squaremouth says.