CUBA


Currency

The national currency is the Cuban Peso. However, tourist services are priced only in Cuban CUCs (Cuban Convertible pesos). As a traveller, for every cash transaction you must use CUCs, which can be acquired in banks, exchange houses, airports and hotels. It is possible to acquire CUCs with other international currencies such as: US Dollars, Euros, Canadian dollars, Sterling Pounds and Swiss Francs.


Forms of Payment

Travellers cheques and Cabal, Transcard, Visa and International MasterCard are admitted, as long as they are not issued by a United States bank. For more information regarding currency use and the charges applied to each one in relation to the CUC visit: www.bc.gov.cu


Hours

Time in Cuba is -5 (five hours behind) Greenwich Mean Time (EST in the United States and Canada). From April through October Cuba moves into daylight saving time (an hour ahead) to take advantage of sunlight.


Climate

The climate is tropical humid, predominantly moderate, with an average of 330 days of sunshine a year. January is the coldest month of the year and July the warmest. The average temperature is 25oC. The average temperature of coastal waters is 24oC in winter and 28oC in summer. Relative humidity is 78%and the average rainfall is 1.515 mm. The climate of the country calls for light clothes, preferably cotton. Swimsuits and solar protection are a must. A sweater or light overcoat will come in handy if you visit mountainous zones or travel in wintertime.
For more information and weather forecasts visit: www.met.inf.cu


Visas, Travel Regulation

Every visitor must have a valid passport on his/her name and the corresponding visa or tourist card, which can be issued by the travel agency or the Cuban consulate in the country of origin. The departure tax in international Cuban airports is 25, 00 CUCs.
For more information go to: www.aduana.co.cu


Safety

Cuba is an extremely safe place and its people warmly welcome the whole family. You can go sightseeing with absolute freedom and complete confidence.


Electricity

Voltage in Cuba is 110V 60 Hz, although 220V 50 Hz. is available in modern facilities. Electrical appliances that have plugs with round pins must be used with an adapter for flat pins.


Travel insurance with medical expenses coverage

All foreign travellers and Cuban nationals residing abroad must have a travel insurance policy that includes coverage for medical expenses when entering the island. On arrival to the country you must show this insurance, insurance certificate or travel assistance card, which must be valid for the whole of your stay in Cuba. If not taken out at the home country of departure it must be obtained at the airport.



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