The Cuban government has announced that travel insurance will be mandatory for all foreign tourists from 1 May.
Originally the country's government had said only policies from a list of approved providers would be acceptable. No such list has been published yet, despite requests, and it looks as if officials have now dropped the idea of an approved list.
Instead it appears any policy will be acceptable, as long as it covers the entire duration and includes coverage for an air evacuation from the country.
Visitors who arrive without insurance will be allowed to enter the country if they buy a policy from a local company. This is expected to cost around £2 per person per day and may offer less comprehensive cover than most British policies. In particular, pre-existing medical conditions may nor be covered.
It's important to note that several major travel insurance companies specifically exclude Cuba from the list of countries covered by their policies. As with all countries, insurers may also consider policies invalid if travel takes place while a Foreign and Commonwealth Office advisory against travelling to a country is in effect. At the moment this isn't the case in Cuba, but such advice has been in place in the past after hurricanes.