Cash-strapped Cuba will require visitors to buy health insurance if they want to enter the country, according to a new government measure disclosed on Saturday.
Under the measure, which takes effect in May, the insurance will be sold by foreign companies approved by the Cuban government or by Cuban firms at ports of entry to the communist-led island, the government said in the online edition of Cuba's Official Gazette.
The measure decrees that tourists, foreigners with temporary residence in Cuba and Cubans living abroad who return to visit will have to be insured.
It exempts diplomats and representatives of accredited international organizations. The cost of the insurance was not disclosed.
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It sure makes my job as a travel agent easier to sell my clients the formerly optional travel insurance but as a traveller myself I dislike these sorts of sweeping government dictates. I was in Cuba 6 weeks ago having visited a couple of times previously and love the country but am not loving this intervention.
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