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Cuban Travel Information

Things you need to know before you go to Cuba

  • Shoes suitable for walking around the streets
  • Broad brimmed sun hat/sunglasses
  • High factor sun cream
  • Insect repellent/anti-mosquito spray
  • Antiseptic cream in case of bites
  • Elastoplasts for sore feet
  • Aspirin/Nurofen for hangovers!
  • Shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other toiletries (hard to obtain and expensive in Cuba)
  • Condoms (local condoms are of low quality)
  • Travel washing powder (although the hotel may provide a laundry service)
  • Paper tissues/toilet paper
  • Swimming costume essential/beach towel
  • Money belt
  • Money, plane ticket, full valid passport, visa

What to bring

  • Shoes suitable for walking around the streets
  • Broad brimmed sun hat/sunglasses
  • High factor sun cream
  • Insect repellent/anti-mosquito spray
  • Antiseptic cream in case of bites
  • Elastoplasts for sore feet
  • Aspirin/Nurofen for hangovers!
  • Shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other toiletries (hard to obtain and expensive in Cuba)
  • Condoms (local condoms are of low quality)
  • Travel washing powder (although the hotel may provide a laundry service)
  • Paper tissues/toilet paper
  • Swimming costume essential/beach towel
  • Money belt
  • Money, plane ticket, full valid passport, visa

The Dual Economy

There are two economies running side by side in Cuba. One is in Cuban pesos and is for Cubans. The other is in CUC, Convertible Cuban Pesos and is for tourists.

Money

Our strong recommendation is to bring cash in Euros, UK Pounds or Canadian Dollars and change them on arrival to the CUC. Cheques, credit cards that are related to US banks and American Express traveller’s cheques are not accepted. There a very few cashpoints however, you can take cash out by showing your credit card and passport at CADECAS (exchange houses).

Tipping

Tourism is the most important industry in Cuba. Tips often is the main source of income for many Cubans. We feel our hosts work hard to give you an exceptional holiday and you may find that they add some special touches which are beyond the call of duty. If you agree with us, you might wish to show your appreciation by way of a tip. All tipping is entirely at your discretion.

Budgeting for your holiday

Here are some guidelines on prices, to help you do your own budget.

  • Cocktails 2 - 4 CUC
  • Soft drinks and beer 1 - 3 CUC
  • Bottle of rum 5 - 20+ CUC
  • Budget restaurant 8 - 12 CUC
  • More upmarket restaurant 15 - 30 CUC
  • Tipping per day 1-5 CUC
  • Airport tax on leaving Cuba 25 CUC

Passports

You must have a valid passport for at least six months beyond the length of stay. Please check your passport now.

Tourist Visa Card

You require a Tourist Visa Card to enter Cuba. Cuban Tourist Visa Cards are valid for one single trip of up to 30 days, although it can be extended while in Cuba. You will need to keep your Tourist Visa Card safe as you will need it to get in to Cuba and to get back out of the country. So look after it carefully during your trip.

Fraudy Martin
Estrada Megret

Some items you may need...

  • Shoes suitable for walking around the streets
  • Broad brimmed sun hat/sunglasses
  • High factor sun cream
  • Insect repellent/anti-mosquito spray
  • Antiseptic cream in case of bites
  • Elastoplasts for sore feet
  • Aspirin/Nurofen for hangovers!
  • Shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other toiletries (hard to obtain and expensive in Cuba)
  • Condoms (local condoms are of low quality)
  • Travel washing powder (although the hotel may provide a laundry service)
  • Paper tissues/toilet paper
  • Swimming costume essential/beach towel
  • Money belt
  • Money, plane ticket, full valid passport, visa

Fraudy Martin
Estrada Megret

There are two economies..

There are two economies running side by side in Cuba. One is in Cuban pesos and is for Cubans. The other is in CUC, Convertible Cuban Pesos and is for tourists.

Fraudy Martin
Estrada Megret

We recommend to bring cash in Euros...

Our strong recommendation is to bring cash in Euros, UK Pounds or Canadian Dollars and change them on arrival to the CUC. Cheques, credit cards that are related to US banks and American Express traveller’s cheques are not accepted. There a very few cashpoints however, you can take cash out by showing your credit card and passport at CADECAS (exchange houses).

Fraudy Martin
Estrada Megret

Entirely at your discretion...

Tourism is the most important industry in Cuba. Tips often is the main source of income for many Cubans. We feel our hosts work hard to give you an exceptional holiday and you may find that they add some special touches which are beyond the call of duty. If you agree with us, you might wish to show your appreciation by way of a tip. All tipping is entirely at your discretion.

Fraudy Martin
Estrada Megret

Some guidelines...

Here are some guidelines on prices, to help you do your own budget.

  • Cocktails 2 - 4 CUC
  • Soft drinks and beer 1 - 3 CUC
  • Bottle of rum 5 - 20+ CUC
  • Budget restaurant 8 - 12 CUC
  • More upmarket restaurant 15 - 30 CUC
  • Tipping per day 1-5 CUC
  • Airport tax on leaving Cuba 25 CUC

Fraudy Martin
Estrada Megret

Valid for 6 months...

You must have a valid passport for at least six months beyond the length of stay. Please check your passport now.

Fraudy Martin
Estrada Megret

You require a Tourist Visa...

You require a Tourist Visa Card to enter Cuba. Cuban Tourist Visa Cards are valid for one single trip of up to 30 days, although it can be extended while in Cuba. You will need to keep your Tourist Visa Card safe as you will need it to get in to Cuba and to get back out of the country. So look after it carefully during your trip.