St. VincentWelcome to the embassy of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Cuba.

Cuban Hospital

The size of the population in St. Vincent and the Grenadines makes it impractical to keep doctors on the medical staff in some specialized areas and The Republic of Cuba has been one of the countries that have provided specialized medical services to our citizens.  The Embassy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the Republic of Cuba continues to provide support and guidance to the patients who travel from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the Republic of Cuba for medical care.

Over the years, when there was a shortage in medical personnel, Cuba sent nurses to fill the void until St. Vincent and the Grenadines was able train Vincentian nurses to satisfy the need locally and to export to neighboring Caribbean nations.

The diagnostic center being constructed in Georgetown is being built with technical support from The Republic of Cuba and one of the functions of the facility is to treat persons in need of dialysis. Additionally, the Republic of Cuba has produced medication that treat persons with diabetes and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has acquired that medication resulting in fewer person losing limbs.

Along with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, assistance was given to many Vincentians in eye care through a project known as "Vision Now." Patients travel now for care from cancer, vitiligo and eye care among others.

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE INSTRUCTIONS THAT VINCENTIAN MEDICAL PATIENTS TRAVELLING TO AND ARRIVING IN CUBA SHOULD FOLLOW:


On checking-in at the Piarco International Airport or the Panama Airport: You may be asked to purchase a Visa either in Trinidad or in Panama. If this happens, please indicate that Vincentians DO NOT require Visas to travel to Cuba. Stand your ground if officials insist and ask to see a Manager.

Office number is (537) 206-9783 and the Embassy Address: Centro de Negocios Miramar (Miramar Trade Center), Edificio Jerusalén. Calle 80 y 3ra Avenida. Miramar, Playa. La Habana, Cuba

Upon arrival, after passing through Customs and Immigration:

1.    Go to the Change Bureau or CADECA at the airport to change your currency (NOT EC$) into CUC the ONLY currency used in Cuba. Do no change less than 100.00 CUC). As the US$ is still taxed in Cuba, it is advisable that patients travel with either CAN, EUROS or British Pounds Sterling.

2.    Please do not accept any offer from ANYONE to change monies outside the CADECA or Bank or Hotel. Only change at the indicated places. In Cuba there are two types of currency both called PESOS and you can be tricked easily by being given the wrong PESOS. The only one you accept is marked CUC.

 3.  Take an airport taxi to your hospital, hospital hostel or rent private room near the hospital. There are always lots of taxis available and they are very safe. The address to these places will be sent in a personalized e-mail to you. The cost of the taxi is usually around 25.00 CUC.

 4.   If you are going to a hospital, your bed will be ready for you. If you are going to a hostel or private rent room, this will be also ready for you.

 5.  Be prepared to make payments to the hospital BEFORE consultation and or treatment according to the program sent previously to you.

 6.  Feel free to contact the Embassy during working hours: 9am to 5pm, or the Ambassador’s mobile number which would be given to you before you travel in the event you encounter any serious problems.

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