In tourist facilities and other service units, prices are set in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC).
In Varadero, Cayo Largo del Sur, Jardines del Rey (Coco and Guillermo Keys), Santa Lucía and Covarrubias Beaches, and Holguín province (tourist resorts on northern coastline), you can also pay in Euros.
Credit cards – except those issued by US banks or their branches in other countries – are accepted.
Among those accepted are MasterCard, Visa International and CABAL.
Cuban convertible pesos and coins equivalent to 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents have unlimited legal course in the national territory.
Cuban convertible pesos can be changed upon departure at bank offices at international airports and ports in Cuba.
Traveller’s checks, including those issued by US banks, are accepted Gain.
US dollars no longer circulate in Cuba and will have to be changed into Convertible Cuban Pesos. US dollars can be used at Airports at duty free shops. You can change hard currency into convertible Cuban pesos in airports, banks and hotels and into Cuban pesos or convertible Cuban pesos in the “CADECA” (money-exchange offices) in the main cities.
Most hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, etc., take Visa and Mastercard credit cards, as long as they are not issued by American banks. However, you should have some cash on you just in case the machines are not working.
All payments at hard-currency establishments must be in convertible pesos (CUCs). CUCs can be purchased with other convertible currencies: euro, Canadian dollar, pound sterling, Swiss franc, etc.
The rate of exchange of these currencies is calculated by applying an adverse adjustment of 8% to the corresponding international rate.
CUC’s can also be obtained in exchange for US dollars, but in this case a surcharge of 10% is imposed to protect the country’s economic interests.
CUC’s can be purchased at hotels, airports, banks and (CADECA S.A.) bureaux de change. Travellers cheques are also accepted, as well as the following credit cards: Cabal, Transcard, Visa, MasterCard and Amigo TRAVEL Card, unless issued by an American bank or a subsidiary of any such bank.
The convertible peso (CUC) is legal tender without restriction throughout Cuba. Unused banknotes can be exchanged on leaving Cuba at the banks in the ports and international airports, in accordance with the relevant customs regulations (up to US $5,000 or equivalent in other currencies; larger sums must have been declared on entry).
Prices are fixed in CUCs.