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Road Conditions and Safety: Road accidents, many involving pedestrians and bicyclists, are Cuba?s leading cause of death. Cuban authorities may prohibit drivers from leaving the country until claims associated with an accident are settled. Drivers found responsible for accidents resulting in serious injury or death may receive long prison sentences. U.S. citizen drivers are often found at fault for accidents they are involved in. 

Drive with extreme care. Major streets are generally well-maintained, but secondary streets are not. Avoid driving at night as many roads are unlit. Emergency lights or signals are rare, making it virtually impossible to detect hazards after dark. Street signage is insufficient and confusing. Many Cuban cars are old, in poor condition, and lack reliable safety equipment. 

The principal Cuban east-west highway is in good condition, but extends only part of the way from Havana to the eastern end of the island. Hazards ? including unfenced livestock and farm vehicles ? are common. 

Traffic Laws: Speed limits are sometimes posted and passengers in automobiles are required to wear seatbelts, if available. All motorcyclists are required to wear helmets. Traffic from major roads generally does not stop when entering roundabouts. Use care at intersections: stop signs are often hard to see. 

Public Transportation: Taxis are available in commercial and tourist areas; radio-dispatched taxis are generally reliable. Do not share information with drivers or accept rides in unlicensed taxis as they may be used by thieves. Avoid the three-wheeled, yellow-hooded ?Co-Co? taxis. Although popular with tourists, ?Co-Co? taxis are modified motorcycles that are unsafe. 

Buses designated for tourist travel, both between and within cities, generally meet international standards. Public buses used by Cubans, known as "guaguas," are crowded, unreliable, and are sometimes used by petty criminals. 

Rental car agencies provide roadside assistance to their clients as a condition of rental contracts. Travelers should not permit unauthorized persons to drive their rental vehicles. 

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. 

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Cuba should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings website (click ?Broadcast Warnings?). 

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by Cuban carriers, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Cuba?s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. 

Further information may be found on the FAA?s safety assessment page

Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba

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