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About Cuba

Cuba is culture, nature, history, magic and traditions. The largest one of the Antilles is the result of a mixture of several cultures, races and customs that gave rise to one of the most unique and fascinating destination in the Caribbean.

The triumph of the Cuban Revolution marked an inflection point in history and meant for Cuba opening new possibilities, making its culture one of the most prolific in Latin America. Cuba is outstanding in dancing, literature and in almost any artistic expression, theater, movies or visual arts.

The Cuban archipelago is located at the western area of the insular Caribbean. It comprises the islands of Cuba, Juventud and more than 4 thousand small islands and cays. The territory comprises about 111 thousand km². It has more than six thousand kilometers of coasts, with more than 600 beaches.

Visa requirements

Visitors need a valid passport or a travel document issued to their name and the corresponding visa or Tourist Card. Countries with which Cuba has free visa agreements are exempted. Tourist Cards may be requested with the Cuban consular representations. Additionally, with travel agencies and airlines. There are two types available: for individual tourists, or for tourists traveling in group.

Business trips, journalism, long or work stays, require special visas, therefore, go to the Cuban consulate or embassy. More information here

With regards to people carrying United Nations passports, they should submit a copy of the passport, nationality and country of origin to the contact addresses at the end of this section to process their visas through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.

For any special need with regards to visas, please contact:

  • José Ignacio Guerrero López
  • Correo electrónico: ignacio.guerrero@etecsa.cu
  • Teléfono celular: +5352700069.
  • Teléfono oficina: +5372668479.
  • Claudia González Villavicencio
  • Correo electrónico: claudia.glez@etecsa.cu
  • Teléfono celular: +535185544.
  • Teléfono oficina: +5372668420.

Medical Insurance

As of the 1st of May 2010, Cuban authorities require travel insurance with medical expenses coverage for entering the country.

If you travel to Cuba, you may acquire this type of insurance in your country of origin, prior to traveling, or you may acquire it upon arriving in Cuba, at the point of entry. More information here

Currencies and Banks

The national currency in Cuba is the Cuban Peso (Peso Cubano, CUP), which is equal to 100 cents. There are 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos notes circulating, as well as 1 and 3 pesos and 1, 2, 5 and 20 cents coins. In addition, the Peso Cubano Convertible (CUC), is used as exchange means for foreign currencies in accordance with the official exchange rates.

Currently, one unit of the Peso Cubano Convertible (CUC) equals 24 units of the Peso Cubano (CUP). CUCs are not valid or exchangeable outside the Cuban territory.

For touristic services, the currency used is the CUC, with which all products and services available will be accessible.

Currency exchange for pesos convertibles (CUC), in accordance with the valid exchange rate of the different currencies depending on their global fluctuation is made at banks, hotels, currency exchange offices (CADECA) and large shops or shopping malls.

There is also a network of banks and ATMs distributed in different locations in the different touristic destinations

There is also a network of banks and ATMs distributed in different locations in the different touristic destinations.

Some credit cards may be used in Cuba (Visa, MasterCard, Access, Eurocard, Banamex, among others, with their specifications), even though, carrying cash at all times is recommended.

LOGISTIC INFORMATION
  • Official Language: Spanish is the official language in Cuba.
  • Weather: Cuba’s weather is tropical, seasonally humid, with maritime influence and semi-continental features; however, there are other weathers located at the mountain systems and at the coasts.

    Wearing fresh and light cloths (guayaberas), as well as using sun screens and avoiding excessive exposure to the sun is recommended.

    It is defined in two periods: little rains and rainy. More information aquí

  • Local time:: GMT-5.
  • Electricity: Electricity in Cuba is 110 volts, 60 Hz. Even though, 220 volts are used at the hotel.
    The plug used at the hotel areas is

  • Internet Access: A wireless network will be available for attendants at the meeting rooms throughout the event.
  • Conducción: En Cuba se conduce por el carril derecho.
  • Teléfonos de Emergencia: National Police Emergency: 106 – Fire Station: 105.
  • Medical Services: The hotel has a doctor’s office available 24/7 for primary attention, and for specialized attention, Varadero has an International Tourist Attention Clinic.

    Clínicas — Internacional

    Post address Calle 60 y 1ra. Varadero CP. 42200

    Provincia y Municipio Matanzas — Varadero

    Teléfonos +53 45667710/ 667245

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