Alert – Zika Virus in Cuba

Yes, you can travel to Cuba. But you MUST take precautions now that the Zika Virus has been reported in Cuba. This White House released news that travel restrictions for individuals will be eased further, making it easier for Americans to visit this long forbidden Caribbean nation. Currently, travelers can visit by cruise, some airlines and travel from other nations.

Visitors must still abide by the 12 permissible travel categories listed by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Travelers may be required to retain their travel receipts and any information to show that they have a full-time schedule of authorized activities. Travelers to Cuba can also go through a people-to-people educational exchange may have the option of traveling independently.

What is the current situation?

Local mosquito transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) has been reported in Cuba. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.

Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to Cuba protect themselves from mosquito bites.

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