Is Cuba safe for American travelers?

Yes. Cuba is among the safest countries to visit. There are strict sentences on crimes committed against tourists, which is a large reason the crime rate is so low. However, petty crimes, such as pick-pocketing and purse-snatching, do sometimes occur. We advise against bringing any expensive or irreplaceable jewelry to Cuba. Also, recognize that hustlers on the street offering unbelievably cheap rum and cigars are not to be trusted, as their goods are often of lesser quality. As long as you take standard precautions to safeguard your possessions, you should feel at ease in Cuba.

Violent crime is virtually unheard of. If, for any reason, help is needed, police remain a visible and friendly resource for travelers.

Contrary to political differences between the U.S. and Cuba, the Cuban people receive Americans happily and with open arms.