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Safety in Cuba

Before continuing

We highly recommend reading the State Department’s Country Specific Information about Cuba, and enrolling in the Smart Traveler program before leaving.

Below, we have a brief summary of their report, and contact information for the U.S. Embassy. Please also feel free to contact us directly with any safety questions or concerns:

Important Phone Numbers

  • Ambulancia / Ambulance: 104
  • Bomberos / Fire Department: 105
  • Carabineros / Police Department:  106
  • US Embassy: +(53)(7) 839-4100

The U.S. State Department on Safety in Cuba

Civil Unrest: Demonstrations and protests aren’t very common, but when they do occur they often can become violent.

Road Safety: Driving in Cuba is a bit of a free for all. Signs are almost non-existent, typical rules of the road often go ignored, and traffic lights are frequently nonfunctional. Roads are also typically unlit at night and drunk driving is a problem, so driving at night should especially be avoided.

Health: While doctors in Cuba are competent, facilities often face shortages in supplies. Therefore, be advised that medical care is not quite up to standards.

Crime: It’s a little difficult to gather accurate information on crime regarding tourists in Cuba at the moment. There has been an influx recently, but those numbers could be seen as inflated considering there is a large new wave of tourists from the United States. For example, two crimes considered on the rise are purse snatchings and car break-ins.

Regardless, Cuba is a country that is very easy to visit without issue as long as you follow similar precautions to other countries. Don’t flash cash, only use marked taxes, don’t leave drinks unattended, leave valuables out of sight in a car, and in the event that you do find yourself confronted by an armed robber, don’t resist. Scams where one person distracts the victim while the other robs them are also common.

It should be noted that more touristy areas such as Habana Vieja and Playas del Este are also prone to more petty crime.

Embassy Information