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Cuba Travel Guide

Cuba FAQ

What do I need before travelling?

We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for Cuba before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.

What are the visa requirements?

If you are entering Cuba as a tourist for less than 30 days you will not need a visa, however you will need to obtain a tourist card before you travel. When clearing customs, your are advised not to allow officials to stamp your passport, as this may complicate future travel to the USA. 

What is the currency in Cuba?

The official currency of Cuba is the Cuban Peso, however the country operates a dual currency system that requires tourists to use the Cuban Convertible Peso. It is recommended that you travel with sterling cash and change this upon arrival in Cuba. Credit cards are accepted at some of the larger restaurants and department stores in major cities, however there is an 18% surcharge on credit cards, and credit cards drawn on US banks are not accepted. 

Will I need to bring an adaptor?

Types of plug socket in Cuba can vary, so you are advised to bring a universal plug adaptor. 

What is the language in Cuba?

The official language of Cuba is Spanish, although you will find that English is widely spoken in the tourist areas.

 

Are there any customs or public holidays I should be aware of?

Visitors should address Cuban men as Señor and women as Señora. You should also take care to avoid military zones and other restricted areas, and certainly do not take photographs if visiting these areas. 

Is Cuba safe?

Cuba is one of the world’s safest destinations, with very little crime. Petty theft is an occasional problem, so as a universal rule, take care to guard your belongings in crowded streets and tourist areas.

 

What is the cuisine like?

Cuban cuisine encompasses myriad influences from Spanish, African, Portuguese , French and Arabic cuisine. Although not a destination for true gourmet enthusiasts, the standard is consistently improving, and new restaurants are opening all the time in the larger cities. 

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