On Sunday night, Havana was hit by a tornado that has killed at least three people and injured over 170. Buildings and roads have been damaged and there is flooding in the coastal areas of the city.

Travel advice

If you are in the region – 

  • Stay indoors – damaged buildings continue to post a threat. Downed power lines can be deadly.
  • Check in with friends and family to let them know you are OK. 
  • Let people know where you are – friends and family, the local consulate, your travel agent/tour company, etc.
  • If you are likely to be making a claim on your travel insurance, review the documents so you know what information you will need and what the process for making a claim is.
  • Monitor local media.
  • Keep mobile devices charged. 
  • Comply with advice from the local authorities. 
  • Be prepared for delays and disruption.
  • Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water. 

If you are heading to the region soon – 

  • Check in with your travel agent or tour operator to find out if your trip will be impacted. 
  • Monitor media reports.
  • Talk to your travel insurance provider to check what is/is not covered, and plan accordingly. 

For more advice on what to do in the wake of a tornado, please visit the Red Cross and Ready.gov.

Official travel advice

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