U.S. Department of State issues travel warning for Cuba
From: Global Education Office
In recent months, numerous U.S. Embassy Havana employees have been targeted in specific attacks. The governments of the United States and Cuba have not yet identified the responsible party.
The State Department cautions that U.S. citizens may also be at risk and warns them against travel to Cuba. Attacks have occurred in U.S. diplomatic residences and hotels frequented by U.S. citizens.
On Sept. 29, the Department ordered nonemergency U.S. government employees and their family members to leave Cuba.
Due to the reduction in staff, the U.S. Embassy in Havana has limited ability to assist U.S. citizens and will only provide emergency services.
U.S. citizens in Cuba in need of emergency assistance should contact the Embassy by telephone at +(53)(7) 839-4100 or the Department of State at 1-202-501-4444. U.S. citizens should not attempt to go to the U.S. Embassy as it suffered severe flood damage during Hurricane Irma.
Travelers should apprise family and friends in the United States of their whereabouts, and keep in close contact with their travel agency and hotel staff.
For further information:
- Visit the Embassy Havana website for the latest messages to U.S. citizens and other information related to Embassy operations.
- See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Cuba.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest security updates and make it easier for the nearest U.S. Embassy to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the U.S. Embassy in Havana on Twitter @USEmbCuba and Facebook and the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.
For more information, contact Randy Penson, assistant director for global safety and risk management.