RETIREMENT PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1.Can I retire in Cuba?
Yes you can, provided you meet the following conditions:
- You meet your immigration requirement of visa renewal and reporting your place of residence to the immigration department
- You obtain the government-run medical health insurance
2.What about the Republic of Cuba’s health protocols for the prevention against the COVID-19 pandemic and what are the overall health stats relating to the prevention of this pandemic?
- Cuba has one of the most developed and accessible healthcare systems globally. The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon (2007 – 2016), during a visit to Cuba hailed its healthcare service as, “a model for many countries”.
- Cuba has sent thousands of doctors and nurses to a large number of countries including Italy and Kuwait to help in the fight with COVID-19. This was possible due to Cuba’s huge success containing the virus domestically with a rigorous active screening campaign and rigorous restrictions.
- Tens of thousands of family doctors, nurses and medical students have been instructed to “actively screen” all homes on the island for cases Covid-19 – on a daily basis.
- By having a universal health system as well as the highest doctor-to-patient ratio in the world has allowed the government to direct a unified rather than a fragmented strategy in dealing with the pandemic. Asymptomatic cases are identified through contact tracing followed by antibody testing and, when positive, a PCR test for confirmation.
- In virtually every critical area of public health and medicine facing poor countries Cuba has achieved undeniable success; these include most prominently – creating a high-quality primary care network and an unequaled public health system, educating a skilled work force, supporting a local biomedical research infrastructure, controlling infectious diseases, achieving a decline in non-communicable diseases, and meeting the emergency health needs of less developed countries.
- Itolizumab, a monoclonal antibody produced in Cuba, and Interferon Alpha-2b, an antiviral agent that boosts immune system, are two drugs produced by the Cuban biotech industry that reduce hyper-inflammation in seriously ill COVID-19 patients. The use of these two medications has sharply curbed coronavirus-related death toll in Cuba.
3.What about medical insurance?
All foreign retirees are required to obtain a government-run insurance. The coverage is comprehensive and is considered to be one of the Western Hemisphere’s most generous in terms of what is included. The rate is calculated based on the age.
4.What about safety and crimes in the Republic of Cuba?
According to the latest report from the US Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Cuba is a safe country to visit. Violent crimes are virtually non-existent in Cuba
5.How much will it cost me to retire independently in Havana?
Below, please find the most recent rates. Please note some of the items are estimates based on our experience:
* The above medical insurance rate is for visitors who are 65 years of age* The rent is calculated at $35.00 USD per day, however, rent tends to vary depending on the quality of the apartment and neighborhood, as well as the number of occupants
6.Why should I consider your program instead of living independently?
Below, please find a comparison between EcoCuba Pro/ CubaHeal’s program and living independently:
COMPARISON BETWEEN ECOCUBA PRO/ LA PRADERA INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CENTRE’S PROGRAM AND INDEPENDENT LIVING IN THE CITY OF HAVANA
7. Can I buy my own property to retire in Cuca?
No, you cannot! Properties are the ownership of the state and are distributed to its
8.What should I do if I have any further questions or inquiries?
Please do not hesitate to reach us by sending us an email at [email protected] and we will be more than happy to reach out to you with a detailed answer in a timely manner.