Travel Advice for Cuba
Cuba
Capital: Havana

Time Zone GMT - 4
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 53
IDD: Direct Dialling is available to Havana only
Outgoing Code: 00 (From Havana only. All other international calls must go through the operator).
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All services - 26811.
Tourist
Information
Empresa de Turismo Internacional (Cubatur), Calle 23, F157, Entre Noveda y Calzada, El Vedado, Havana Cuba, Tel: (7) 244 155 Fax: (7) 243 526/30.
Passport
Information
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the length of stay. Return ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact Embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except: Holders of a tourist card. Nationals of Barbados for stays of up to 1 days. Nationals of CIS (except Uzbekistan), Czech Republic, Hungary, Mongolia, Namibia, Slovak Republic. Nationals of certain countries travelling on certain kinds of official business. - Enquire at the consulate.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Low risk present.
Other Health Risks: Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink.
Currency Cuban Peso (Cub$) = 100 centavos.
At official tourist shops purchases can only be made in US Dollars.
Exchange: Should only be made at authorised money exchanges as there are severe penalties for black market money exchanging.
NOTE Keep all exchange receipts which will be required when making purchases. Do not enter the place or date details on any cheque until ready to make the transaction or the cheque will be refused. The import of local currency is prohibited. Generally a maximum of Cub$ 10 can be reconverted to foreign currency when leaving on presentation of an official exchange form. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted. US Dollars (but not drawn from a US bank) and Sterling are accepted in travellers cheques.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Not as expensive as some of the other Caribbean Islands.
Languages Spanish. English and French may also be spoken.
Weather Hot all year round. Raining season May - Oct. Hurricane possible Aug - Nov. Cooler between Nov - Apr.
Electricity 110/220 volts Ac 60 Hz. American style plugs are used except for large hotels, which may use European type plugs.
Post Can take up to several weeks.
Transport FLIGHTS: Cubana operates scheduled services between the main towns. It is essential to book in advance. Avoid flights on older soviet aircraft as some risk is involved. Transatlantic and some regional flights are serviced by more modern DC-10 aircraft.
Special
Information
The tourist industry is rapidly developing with a growing tolerance of Western influences. Visitors should be alert for bag snatchers and other street theft especially in the area of Old Havana and major tourist sites. Do not carry large amounts of cash. Avoid restricted areas and military zones which are NOT always well signposted. Shorts should only be worn at the beach or pool. The penalties for drug trafficking are severe.