Hurricane Irma is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to Cuba from around Thursday 7 September 2017.The National Hurricane Centre has issued a Hurricane Warning for parts of the north of Cuba. In addition, the Cuban Government has three levels of warning before a hurricane: information, alert and alarm as the hurricane approaches.

As of 1100h 7 September the following Provinces are in Alarm: Guatanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Holguin, Las Tunas, Camaguey , Ciego de Avila. The Alert phase applies to Sancti Spiritus, Cienfuegos, Matanzas, Villa Clara with the exception of Caibarien municipality that will be in Alarm Phase. Havana, Mayabeque, Artemisa are in the Information phase. You should follow the advice of the local authorities and any orders given to evacuate to or remain in a place of safety. Tour operators, hotels and owners of casas particulares should be aware of the advice in place in each area.

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.

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