Canadians love to travel to Mexico and Cuba; Mexico is the second most visited country by Canadians and Cuba is the fourth. In 2010, both Mexico and Cuba introduced new entry requirements affecting Canadians looking for some fun in the sun at these two popular vacation spots.
Travel requirements for Canadians visiting Mexico
Effective March 1, 2010, Canadians travelling to Mexico must present a valid passport as proof of their identity. It does not matter if you are driving or flying, you will now need to show your passport to enter Mexico.
Travel requirements for Canadians visiting Cuba
Effective May 1, 2010, Canadians travelling to Cuba will not only have to present a valid passport upon entry into Cuba but will also have to present proof of travel health insurance.
Travellers visiting Cuba must have a travel insurance policy that covers emergency medical expenses. The Cuba Tourist Board recommends that coverage be bought in the traveller's home country. After purchasing your coverage, keep your documentation (the policy, certificate and/or card) as you will be expected to show it upon arrival; Cuban authorities will want to confirm that you have coverage for the entire duration of your stay.
Tourists who arrive in Cuba without travel health insurance will be required to purchase it from a Cuban insurance company at the airport.