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Things You Need to Know


Entry requirements


Visas


You need a visa to enter Cuba. If you are travelling as part of the group from the U.K, we can arrange this for you as part of your holiday package.  However if you are travelling from outside the U.K, you will need to arrange your own visa either through your travel agent or the Cuban Embassy.


Passport validity


Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Cuba.


Airport Departure Tax


You must pay an airport departure tax in local currency of 25 CUC per person when leaving Cuba.


Customs Regulations


Cuba prohibits the import of all meat products and fruit. If you arrive in Cuba with any meat or fruit, it will be confiscated and destroyed.


Health


Contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations.

Medical facilities in Havana are better than elsewhere in Cuba, but you may need to be medically evacuated if you need specialist care. Therefore, please ensure you have adequate travel & health insurance which includes repatriation.


*If you take prescribed medication ensure you have enough to cover you for the whole of your holiday.*  

A copy of the prescription and a letter from your doctor explaining your condition may be helpful at customs.


It is not advisable to drink the tap water.


Take your own supply of basic medicines, toiletries, sunscreen and insect repellent are not widely available in Cuba. Useful medications (just in case) include as paracetamol, diarrhoea tablets, 

re-hydration sachets, insect repellent/bite treatments. 


Money 


Cuba has two currencies. Tourists use the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC), locals use the Cuban Peso (CUP). Exchange rate: £1 = 1.5 CUC.  The Cuban peso is not circulated outside of Cuba so we recommend taking enough cash for your entire holiday in Pounds or Euros (Approx £600) and exchanging this on arrival. Then just keep cash in your hotel safe and carry with you enough for that day. Cashpoints are few and far between, charge hefty fees and can be unrealiable. Bureaux de Change are readily available in the majority of hotels.  Please note, you should only exchange money at the hotel exchange bureaux, banks or airport Cadecas. 

Where possible ask for small denomination bills.


NB: US dollars are still not an accepted currency and nor are credit cards drawn on American banks. Before you travel, check with your bank before whether your debit/credit/ATM cards will work in Cuba. ATMs do NOT accept Cirrus or Switch cards & credit card transactions, including withdrawals from ATMs, are subject to local commission charges of between 11%-13%.


Safety and security 


  • Make sure all your bags are secure whilst travelling, carry valuables in your hand luggage.
  • Make sure you pack all of your luggage yourself and do not carry anything for others.
  • Only use registered taxis and do not get into a private vehicle.
  • Do not walk around central Havana at night – always use a taxi rather than walk, even if you’re only a few blocks away from your destination.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash, avoid wearing jewellery and leave valuables in the hotel safe. 
  • Carry a copy of your passport and lock the original away in the hotel safe.
  • Beware of pickpockets, especially in Old Havana, buses, trains, at tourist attractions & nightclubs.  
  • Carry a copy of your passport and lock the original away in the hotel safe.


Cuba is generally a low-crime destination and most visits are trouble-free!