Medical requirements can change all of the time so you should contact your local health service 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
If you need medical treatment you will be expected to pay in hard currency. A basic hospital stay can cost as much as £200 per day plus medical expenses. Psychiatric care facilities for foreigners are extremely limited and difficult to access. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
Many medicines are unavailable in Cuba. You should bring any prescription drugs you take regularly. A copy of the prescription and a letter from your doctor explaining your condition may be helpful at customs.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, you can contact one of the International clinics located in the majority of tourist areas across the island. In Havana, the Cira Garcia Clinic – Calle 20 No 4101 y Avenida 41, Playa on tel: 204 2811 (+ Ext 445 to request an ambulance) – offers such facilities to foreign nationals. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.