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About Cuba

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Etymology, History, Government & Politics, Economy, Geography, Demographics, Media, Culture, Education, Health

Electric Power

The electric current in general use is 110 volts, 60Hz. Some hotel facilities also have 220 volts. It’s best to inquire about the specific properties you’ll be staying at prior to departure. Better yet, bring a converter if you can’t live without your electric razor or blow dryer.

Climate

Cuba has a moderate subtropical climate and is just below the Tropic of Cancer. Being long and narrow, on an East-West axis, it is cooled by trade winds and sea breezes.

Seasons

There are only two clearly defined seasons in Cuba: the dry season, from November through April, and the rainy season, from May through October.

Temperature

Averages Temperature (°C)
Months Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jly Aug Spt Oct Nov Dec
Sea 24 24 25 26 30 30 30 30 26 25 24 24
Air 22 22 24 25 26 27 27 27 27 26 25 23
Averages Temperature (°F)
Sea 75 75 77 79 86 86 86 86 79 77 75 75
Air 72 72 75 77 79 80 80 80 80 79 77 73

Customs Regulations

For the most current customs information and a list of accepted/prohibited items, visit Cuban Customs (English) or Aduana Cubana (Español). Besides personal items, medicines, books & articles for teaching purposes, in general the traveler can import articles for non-commercial purposes, with specific limits on the # of items in each category, after which he/she must pay the applicable import duties. Cuban residents pay the duty in national currency, and all residents in other countries pay the import levy in Cuban Convertible Pesos. Here is an additional list of items that may be prohibited or restricted for entry to Cuba by the Institute of Veterinary Medicine.

Immigration

For Canadians, you must have a passport valid for at least 1 week beyond your scheduled return date. For other nationalities, the requirement can be up to 6 months beyond entry. We suggest you check with the nearest Cuban Embassy, Consulate or Interests Section for the latest information. Evidence of return passage is a required prior to entry. If you have a one-way ticket, you will have to purchase a return ticket before entering Cuba. You’re also required to have a visa or tourist card unless you’re from a country with a visa waiving agreement Cuba, or were born in Cuba. Tourist visas are generally provided with flights, but may also be purchased from the Cuban Consulate (or Cuban Interests Section) nearest you, or directly from Cuban Immigration for $25 CUC upon arrival. Tourist visas are valid for 30 days, extendable for another 30 days locally in Cuba with Immigration (with purchase of stamps and evidence of outgoing passage). The same tourist visa is valid for 90 days for Canadian citizens, extendable for another 90 days locally in Cuba with Immigration (with purchase of stamps and evidence of outgoing passage). Business or journalist visas should be requested in advance from the Cuban Consulate (or Cuban Interests Section) nearest you. Travelers born in Cuba must travel to Cuba on a Cuban passport, regardless of any other nationality or citizenship obtained after birth. We urge all travelers to consult with the nearest Cuban Embassy, consulate or Interests Sections for clarification regarding immigration regulations.

Departure Tax

Cuban departure taxes are included in all international flight tickets and are no longer payable locally by travelers.

Currency Info

The national monetary unit is the Cuban peso. Non-residents use the convertible peso/tourist dollar (CUC) with $1.00 CUC = $1.00 USD for inter-Cuban banking transactions. Virtually all goods available to non-residents are marked in CUC. More Info

Gratuities and Tips

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Purchases in Cuba

Prices are listed in CUC (convertible pesos/tourist dollars) at tourist facilities and other establishments. MasterCard, Visa, CABAL and BFI, are honored in Cuba. Cards issued by US banking institutions or their affiliates are typically not able to be used in Cuba, with the exception of the Stonegate Mastercard. It’s best to check with your credit card company before departure. Please view details of the latest information on Cuban currency.