Cuban girl performs at Havana's 2019 carnival.
Photo Norlys Pérez Padrón

Considerations for post-COVID-19 travel planning

Safer in Cuba than staying at home

The world tourism body FITUR considers Cuba the safest country for tourism. Cuba is exceptional. No drugs, guns, gangs, and consequent violent crime. No terrorism, kidnappings, or mass shootings. Cubans look after American guests like family.

Covid is gone. No testing or proof of vaccinations is needed.

Cuban man fingers pointing up
Covid has disappeared, and masks are not required.
Cubans won a heroic battle against coronavirus. No masks, precautions, or Covid-related documentation are needed to enter or exit Cuba. Sign up for our notification list so we can send you updates on easy peasy legal Cuba travel.

Safety concerns for women visitors to Cuba

Happy Cuban women in the sea
Independently or in groups, women travelers to Cuba can enjoy the island in safety.
Some Cuban males can be quite flirtatious, as in many Latin and Mediterranean countries. However, in Cuba, men will only persist if you acknowledge them. Harassment and violence against female visitors are nearly unheard of. Fortunately, Cuban men understand that no means no in all social and private contexts.

How safe is Cuba compared to other nations?

Boy riding horse in Viñales Cuba.
Cuba: So safe and friendly.

World travel advisories rank Cuba as extremely safe. Nevertheless, guests are told to “observe normal travel precautions” when visiting the island. The US State Department asks Americans to “exercise increased caution,” placing Cuba on the same safety level as England, France, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, and Belgium.

Lonely Planet travel journal remarks, “There is almost no gun crime, violent robbery, organized gang culture, teenage delinquency, drugs or dangerous no-go zones. If a local comes at you holding a machete, he’s probably about to split open a coconut for you.”  

A welcoming people seek visitors – no overtourism in Cuba

American visits Mural of Prehistory in Viñales Cuba.
Cuba: So pristine and uncrowded.

Unlike Amsterdam, Barcelona, Machu Picchu, Venice, Paris, and other top travel destinations, overtourism is not a problem in Cuba. Overtourism results in housing shortages and high costs for food and services for locals. Resentment builds among the host people and is palpable as only a handful reap tourism profits. Visitors often feel the animosity. Not in Cuba! Americans are embraced as long-lost cousins, and their contributions to our economy are enormously appreciated.

In Cuba, everyone benefits equally from tourism proceeds. Cuba’s chief source of income is used to support free education and health care and environmental, housing and infrastructure projects. When visiting Cuba, you are elevating the lives of many and embraced as a friend.

Have questions or worries about health and safety in Cuba?

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