Bob Michaels writes:
All passengers arriving on flights direct from the US are automatically covered by Asistur (Cuban insurance company) medical insurance for 30 days. The cost is bundled into the ticket cost.
These passengers are never asked to provide proof of medical insurance by Cuban immigration at airports as they are aware this has been standard for many years. However it is a different situation dealing with a medical service provider if you actually need to use the insurance or Cuban immigration at places other than the airport if you have reason to extend or change status of your travel visa.
American Airlines continues to insist that every Cuban hospital, every doctor, every Cuban immigration officer in every small town in Cuba recognizes that an American Airlines boarding pass proves that the passenger has Asistur medical insurance. This is false. I know from personal experience. I do not know what Delta, jetBlue, Southwest, or the other airlines will provide for proof of insurance. Hopefully American Airlines will change their procedure for providing proof of medical insurance as they are now aware of the problem.
There is an official Asistur one page document that states everyone arriving on a direct flight from the US has Asistur insurance for 30 days. This document, your boarding pass, and your passport will show that you have medical insurance. This document is not available anywhere on line. Nor is it available to passengers even though it should be. So I am providing it for download.
I would encourage anyone flying direct to Cuba from the US to download this one page document, print it out, and carry a copy with them.