Hurricane Irma passed over Cuba on 7 to 10 September. Many areas, particularly the northern coast, are without electricity and are damaged and/or flooded. Many roads are closed are due to flooding and storm damage or debris. The electricity was switched off in Havana as a precaution before the storm and has remained off. Some areas have problems with water supply. Airports will remain closed until safe.
There are no reports of any casualties or injuries to British nationals in Cuba. Those evacuated to Varadero are accommodated locally until they can depart. If you’re in Cuba, you should follow the advice of your tour operator (who are guided by local authorities) and where possible stay in touch with your airline. If you’re travelling independently, you should follow the advice of your hotel or casa particular. Thomas Cook have set up hotline numbers for affected Thomas Cook customers and concerned family and friends. Affected Thomas Cook customers only can call +44(0)1733 224 536. Concerned family and friends of Thomas Cook customers can call +44(0)1733 224 569.
The hurricane season in Cuba normally runs from June to November. See Natural disasters.
You must take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. You will be expected to present your insurance policy on arrival in the country.
Crime levels are low and mainly in the form of opportunistic theft. See Crime
Be cautious when travelling in Cuba. Driving standards are variable. See Road travel
UK health authorities have classified Cuba as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Cuba, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
Most visits to Cuba are trouble free.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.