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Cuba: FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about travel to Cuba. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.

Do I need any vaccinations before I go away to Cuba?

There are currently no vaccination requirements for international travellers, but consult your doctor before travelling for the latest immunisation information.

Temperatures frequently hover around the 30°C mark, so stay hydrated throughout the day. If you need to seek private medical care, the quality of service you’ll receive will match that of developed countries.

Do I need to get a visa?

A tourist visa card is required and you will be able to get this on the plane.

It is valid for 30 days and extendable for a further 30 days, except for Canadians who receive a 90-day visa. Apply by mail, in person or online for a visa with agencies or at the Cuban Consulate.

Those travelling on US passports should sign an affidavit before travel and store this with their itinerary and any others documents such as photos supporting their itinerary. We will help arrange this for you. Please read this article for US citizens travelling to Cuba.

Internet

There are now a limited number of internet cafes in Cuba, but there is access in most hotels.

WiFi is in most hotels and it’s now reasonably fast.

What is the local currency?

Cuba has a dual currency system with a national currency used by locals and a convertible currency for tourists, which is roughly equivalent in value to the US dollar.

You will need to use this currency – the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). Do not bring US dollars to exchange, as you will be liable to pay a tax of 10%. Bringing pounds or Euros is a good idea.

You can convert CUC back into Sterling when you leave, so make sure you have nothing left apart from 25CUC in cash for your departure tax, if necessary.

Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, but not generally in shops and restaurants.

Travellers’ cheques or credit cards issued by American banks will not be accepted anywhere on the island, so make sure that you have other means of payment if your card was issued in the US.

There are virtually no cash points/ATMs available for drawing cash against Cirrus or Switch cards in Cuba.

Do I need insurance?

Medical insurance is now required when visiting Cuba and travel insurance is advised.