Which is the best month to visit Cuba?

Cuba Climate is Moderate subtropical with two well-defined seasons: rainy (from May through October) and dry (from November through April). The average annual temperature is 25°C (77 F). January is the coldest month, and August, the hottest one.

How should I dress?

Clothing should be light, mainly during summer (almost eight months) so it would be best to wear shorts, cotton and flannel outfits and sandals. As for winter, a light jacket or a fine wool sweater and closed comfortable shoes.
Something a little more formal is required when visiting places such as the Tropicana cabaret, theatres and night clubs.
A light sweater is suitable for trips in air-conditioned coaches and during Cuba’s short winter months (December to March).

Which are the Custom regulations in Cuba?

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Which documentation is needed to enter the country? How long can I stay in Cuba? How can I extend my permission of stay?

All visitors must have a current passport or other travel document issued in his/her name, plus the corresponding visa or tourist card (Tarjeta de Turista – TT), except in the case of countries with which Cuba has reciprocal open-border arrangements. The TT can be obtained from Cuban consular offices, travel agencies, airlines or on arrival in Cuba. Businessmen, journalists on working trips and Cubans resident abroad (or who have another nationality) must obtain visas issued by a Cuban consulate.

At your arrival to the country you must have your passport valid for six months and a visa (Tourist Card) or permission of entrance. The visa can be issued for a 30 days period. Later if you wish to extend your stay you should go to the offices of Immigration before the visa is extinguished in order to ask for its extension or prorogation up to 30 more days.

Visitors should make requests for extending their stay at the tourist information office in their hotel or town. Similarly, someone wishing to change from one tourism sector to another should apply at the offices mentioned and make the necessary payment.

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Is there any entrance tax?

No, no tax is charged to enter Cuba.

Which are the health regulations?

Public health restrictions apply only to travellers arriving from countries where yellow fever and cholera are endemic or which are identified by the World Health Organization as sources of infection. In these cases, the traveller must present an international vaccination certificate.

There are restrictions on bringing in products of animal or plant origin.

Special formalities apply to pets. Vaccinated pets may be brought in if accompanied by the relevant documentation.

It is required of obligatory form to all the travellers, foreign and Cubans resident abroad, for the income to the country, that include an insurance policy of trip, with cover of medical expenses, sent off by Companies insurance companies recognized in Cuba.

In the points of entrance to the country the sale of these policies will be assured, by Cuban insurance companies.

Is tap water drinkable?

In principle, the water at the hotels is drinkable but mind that chemical composition and taste can vary in regard to your country of origin. So, mainly when out of the hotels destined for international tourism, bottled water is recommended. We advise you to drink bottled water to avoid tropical illnesses.

What’s the voltage used in Cuba?

The Cuban norm is 110V but many of the hotels recently built in joint venture with European companies use the 220V norm and in some of them there are no regulators. We strongly suggest finding out about your specific hotels and even bring your own regulator if needed.

Are the plug types: round or flat?

As for the voltage, this may vary from one hotel to the other. We recommend getting information about your specific hotel or bringing an adapter. Other than in Havana, the rest of the country uses the flat type.

Is there a dress code in hotels?

Generally, restaurants will demand a dress code that includes: pants, shirts and shoes in men. Ladies can dress accordingly, dresses are recommended at night. Clothing must always be fresh. Mind that temperatures are high almost all year round.

Are there vegetarian diets included in the menus?

Few hotel restaurants include vegetarian diets but chefs will certainly be ready to prepare them when ordered.

Are there reliable baby-sitting services in hotels?

Most hotels that promote family vacations do offer them. Check your hotel.

Is it safe to walk out the hotel?

Cuba is known as one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean, but as everywhere there are certain common sense tips you must have into account for your own safety. It is recommended not to use too attractive jewellery outside the hotels, not to show big quantities of cash in public, not to take rides or buy things from unknown people in the streets. In general, be prudent.

Can you take pictures anywhere?

Unless there is written prohibition (museums, military areas). You can take pictures or film freely. Mind that certain amusement and night places may charge you for the use of cameras.

What currency is used in Cuba?

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.
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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.

Will any of the currencies be better to bring when it comes to the exchange rate?

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Can I cancel my credit card in Cuba if I run into difficulties with it?

Yes, just check in your Hotel or with your travel agent.

Where to go shopping?

Every hotel, town and airport has tax-free shops selling famous-brand goods, including Habano cigars, rum, juices, preserves, craft items, toiletries, books, CDs, cassettes, videos, postcards, maps, posters and T-shirts. There are specialized store chains catering for every need and taste.
Visitors purchasing durable goods or high-value items in a shopping mall should obtain a receipt, to facilitate subsequent export. Those wishing to obtain specimens of the flora or fauna (living or preserved) should ask their travel agent for information and guidance on the legal formalities involved.

Apart from Havana, which other sites are recommended to stay during two weeks?

Cuba is quite long, and you can find different product all over, please check in our website: (www.vivacuba.se click on Destinations, and taking into account what you would like to see, you can choose from there, just clicking on each name, there is general information, a video, a map, photos.)

Does the Mobile phone work in Cuba?

The mobile Works, the technical requirements are (GSM 850mhz or 900 MHz) or TDMA (800HZ, less used) (GMS OR TRIBAND) National covered 67, 33 %. (You can check prices in this page: www.cubacel.cu.)

What about internet?

Internet, you have access in Hotels and Post Office, the prices vary form different cards. “Etecsa” (Cuban telephone Company) offers internet service and has “Telepuntos” (its offices) in almost every provincial town, a prepaid card costs from $10 CUC for one hour (these cards are interchangeable across the country, so you don’t have to use up your whole hour in one go). Most hotels have either cybercafès or business centers with online access, although the fees are often higher.

How can I manage if I do not speak Spanish at all?

It is easy to communicate in Cuba, with some Spanish words or English in all Tourist Centres, manual language is very useful too. You can also ask for free information in English in: INFOTURS Offices, Hotels or Travel Agencies all over the Island. (http://www.infotur.cu/conozcanos.aspx )

What do I need to rent a Car?

You must show your passport and driver’s license in order to rent a car. The driver must be at least 21 years old; the license could be international or from your country but at least a year old. It is not advisable to drive at night. You must also watch out for animals on the road and cyclists in urban areas when you are driving. Park the car in a safe well-lit place and do not leave anything valuable in it. You are liable for traffic fines; failure to pay would mean incurring a debt with the State. We recommend you buy a ”Road Guide of Cuba” which is very helpful for finding your way around on the roads.
The main agencies for Car Rentals are; http://wwww.transtur.cu and http://www.transturvaradero.com

Is there any tax on departure? How much is it?

No, no departure tax is charged to departure from Cuba.

Are there any regulations for handicraft?

Laws for protection of the environment prohibit the exportation of any kind of handicrafts made with materials whose use may have caused harm to environment; these include black coral, turtle shell, species in danger of extinction, taxidermies, etc. Also check: www.aduana.co.cu

Is there more information about Cuba?

USEFUL LINKS, here, in our website.
You will find links about Cuba related to different subjects like Transport, Change, Health, Events, Airlines, etc.
Or send us your question; we will answer you as soon as possible.
Email: info@vivacuba.se