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Cuba Travel Fact File (January 2024)

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Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is an island country comprising the island of Cuba, as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos. Cuba is located where the northern Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic Ocean meet.

Climate in Cuba

The climate is defined as tropical, seasonally humid, with maritime influence and semi-continental features. Rainy period runs from May to October. It is characterized by the influence of the North Atlantic Anticyclone, with few variations of the weather. Dry season extends from November to April.

Time Difference in Cuba

Cuba is 5 hours behind of the UK

Language in Cuba

Spanish – Official language.

Commonly Used Words in Cuba

Hello = Hola

Goodbye = Adios

Thank you = Gracias

Please = Por favor

Yes = Si

No = No

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Which Plug Do I Need in Cuba?

Most plugs in Cuba are the two-pronged flat type found in the US, but a three-pronged and a two-pronged circular type are also found.

What is The Local Currency in Cuba?

The Cuban National Peso (CUP known as ‘moneda nacional’) is the official cash currency in Cuba but cannot be exchanged outside of the country.

£100 = 3063.17 Cuban Pesos (as of January 2024)

What Credit Cards Can I Use in Cuba

Visa, Euro and Mastercard are widely accepted, but US card issuers like American Express and Diners’ Club are still blocked. You should check with your card issuer to ensure it can be used in Cuba.

Tipping in Cuba

Tips are not included in the overall price of our treks and adventure trips, but most trekkers do tip their guides, porters, and cooks on the penultimate or final day of the trip. Tipping is a universal custom in adventure travel, but is not obligatory, so you should never feel forced into it, but it is a tradition on the trail. Tipping policies can be found through the Vamoos app for each individual trip.

Approximate Food & Drink Prices in Cuba (January 2024)

Coke/Pepsi 53.51 CUP

Water 32.40 CUP

Coffee 34.56 CUP

Beer 70.07 CUP

Inexpensive Meal 167.98 CUP

Passport Validity for Cuba

Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry into Cuba.

COVID-19 Requirements for Cuba? (January 2024)

There are no longer any Covid 19 vaccination or testing requirements for entry to Cuba

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Do I Need a Visa for Cuba? (January 2024)

If you’re entering Cuba as a tourist, you’ll need to get a tourist card before you travel. You can apply via the Cuban Embassy in London or check with your travel agent or tour operator.

For more information and advice about visas, contact the Cuban Embassy.

If you’re a dual national, you should contact the Cuban Embassy for advice on entry requirements before you travel.

Mobile Phones

Mobile telephones, tablets and laptops can be taken to Cuba, but any inbuilt GPS should be disconnected or disabled. For more information on Cuban customs regulations, including a list of prohibited and regulated items, visit the Cuban Customs,Ministry of Tourism or Tourism Portal websites. Requests for information may be also sent to Cuban customs email: [email protected].

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