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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organising Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visa HQ
For Further Information
List of Cuban Embassies abroad and foreign Embassies in Cuba
Check IATA Travel Website for visa requirements and health advices.

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Organising Your Trip

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Havana - Jose Marti Intl (HAV) 25 km / 14 miles CUC 20-25 USD 21.7-27 / 30 min Available - Available

Major airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Cubana de Aviación Major Yes Yes Charter Yes Yes
Aerogaviata Charter Yes Yes

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Different Forms of Tourism

Havana is the biggest city in the Caribean. It is one of the most beautiful Spanish colonial cities on the New Continent.  Presently, Trinidad is a real museum town registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The "Isla de la Juventud" is a destination of predilection for diving enthusiasts.  The islets surrounding it are rare sanctuaries for tortoises, iguanas and pelicans.
Carnival celebrations are part of Cuban traditions and they take place in several towns on the Island in August.  Cuba is also the birth place of several musical genres which the world dances to today: salsa, chachacha, mambo and rumba.
There are several places to go trekking in Cuba.  One of the most famous is the three day crossing, the Sierra Maestra, from Alto del Naranjo through the Pico Turquino to Las Cuevas.
There are several spas in Cuba. The best known are Santa Maria del Rosario and Madruga.
The island has an abundance of beach resorts, the most famous being Varadero made up of a number of beaches stretched out over almost 13 miles.
Outdoor Activities
Beach, trekking, diving...
Tourism Organisations
Havanatur agency

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No mandatory vaccine.  It is advisable to avoid eating foods like seafood, meat and fish that is uncooked as well as salads, fruits that one has not peeled personally and to boil or filter water, or drink bottled drinks in order to avoid getting diarrhea.  Insect bites could cause diseases such as dengue fever, a viral illness transmitted by insect bites.
International Hospitals
There are international clinics in all the provincial towns.
There is a hospital in Havana which provides a specialised service for foreign tourists: Cira Garcia Hospital, Ave. 41 No. 4101, Miramar, Havana . Tel.: 204-2811/12/13/14
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Cuban health network (Red De Salud de Cuba)
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Cuba Linda - Safety Conditions

Emergency Numbers

Police 106 (Havana, Pinar el Rio, Isla de la Juventud, Cienfuegos)
Ambulance 55 1185 (Havana) 76 2317 (Pinar del Rio) , 62 3300 (Santiago de Cuba
Fire Emergency Services 105 ( Havana, Pinar del Rio, La Havana. Isla de la Juventud, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba)

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Havana (GMT-5 in winter, GMT-4 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time from March to October

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The Cuban climate is subtropical and comes from the gentle trade winds of the North East. The temperature variation during the course of the year is slight and there only two noticeable seasons. The "summer" which is humid and lasts from May to October and the "Winter" which is drier and lasts from November to April. The average temperatures range between 70°F (February) and 86°fF(July and August). The rainy season starts in June and ends in October/November: typically the rains are short and violent.
Hotel reservation websites
Weather information

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
Cuban food known as "Creole cooking" is always made from "congri" (rice and black beans), fried plantains and salad (tomatoes, onions, cucumber, grated cabbage and avocado).  The food served in Cuba is largely dependent on the available supply of the day.  Beef which is a state monopoly is hard to find and expensive.  Pork, chicken, eggs, cassava, potatoes, green beans, beetroot, pineapples and bananas are amongst the country's most consumed products.
Cuban rum is famous as well at their cocktails (Mojito, Cuba Libre, etc).  The local beers (Bucanero and Cristal) are consumed in great quantities.
Dietary Restrictions
There are no food restrictions in the country.

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Domestic Currency
Cuban Peso
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
There are two types of currency: the Cuban peso(CUP) and the Cuban changeable peso (CUC) which is the currency used by tourists (1 CUC = € 0.80)
Possible Means of Payment
Most transactions are done in cash: the Cuban changeable peso (CUC) is the currency of reference. It is possible to change Euros, Canadian dollars and Swiss Francs without a surcharge.  The "Cuban pesos" are used to buy food on the streets, pay for public transport and some cultural activities like the movies.  The "changeable pesos" are used for all the rest, concerts, out of town trips or taxis.
Card payments are often used to pay for hotels and car rentals.

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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
Business Language

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Useful Resources

To Find a Job

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