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Embassy of Cuba in Antigua and Barbuda
Useful information to travelers

Currency

The national currency is the Peso, which is equivalent to 100 cents.
Forms of payment

Only Convertible Pesos are accepted
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All of the payments in the establishments operating in freely convertible currency in Cuba shall be exclusively in Convertible Pesos. Euros are still accepted in the authorized tourist resorts: Varadero, Jardines del Rey, Northern Holguín, Santa Lucía Beach in Camagüey, Covarrubias Beach in Las Tunas and Cayo Largo del Sur. Any convertible currency can be exchanged into dollar.

Credit cards payments are also available for the types: VISA INTERNATIONAL, MASTERCARD, ACCESS, BANCOMER INTERNATIONAL, BANAMEX, DINNER CLUBS INTERNATIONAL, JCB, CARNET, and others issued within the country (BFI and RED cards).

Credit cards issued by the banks of the United States of America and their branches are not accepted. Travel checks are not accepted either.

Electricity

Power supply in Cuba is 110 V and 60 Hz, although 220 V 60 Hz is available in newly built facilities. Electrical appliances with round pins will need a flat plate adaptor.
Measurement units

Cuba adopts the International System of Units.

Regulations 
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All visitors must have a valid passport on his/her name and the relevant visa or tourist card, except in the case of the countries which have signed free visa agreements with Cuba.

The European currency (Euro) is still circulating in the destinations of Varadero, Jardines del Rey, Northern Holguín, Cayo Largo del Sur, Covarrubias Beach and Santa Lucía Beach of Cuba.

The electric current in all of the hotels is 110 V, and flat plate sockets have been installed; but it is possible to use 220 V electric current in some facilities though.

In Cuba, GMT is established. From March to October, summer time is adopted, and clocks are set one hour forward.

Departure tax in Cuban international airports amounts to 25.00 CUC.

Different services such as taxis, car rentals, buses and motorcycles are provided.

If you are to leave Cuba taking with you more than 23 cigars, then the official purchase invoice and the original box with the new holographic seal should be submitted to the customs official. In failing to comply with such requirement, the product will be confiscated by the Cuban customs.

The passports of United States citizens are not stamped when they enter our country.

Customs regulations prohibit the introduction of pornographic materials, narcotics, drugs, live animals and firearms, although weapons for sport hunting may be authorized by the entity in charge of this tourist sport modality. 
The export of artworks, antiques and other cultural assets legally protected is allowed, upon previous presentation of the relevant documents issued by the competent authorities,  and such item are duly authenticated with the purchase invoice.

The export maximum value for other items amounts to one thousand dollars. Handicrafts do not require any documents to be exported.

Health Care Services

Travelers coming from countries where yellow fever and endemic cholera are present or from those countries declared as infection areas by the World Health Organization must present a vaccination certificate issued at least ten days before and not more than ten years before the date of entry to Cuba.

The Government of Cuba decided last February 16, that all travelers, foreign and Cubans living abroad, coming to the island from May 1, 2010 and thereafter shall take out a medical insurance policy.

To meet such requirement, travelers shall have a travel insurance which covers medical expenses or a policy for medical expenses with coverage in Cuba.

The insurance policy should be taken out at the home country of departure.  Travelers, who, exceptionally, do not have insurance at arrival, could take out a policy of insurance and assistance from Cuban insurance companies at the airport, port or marina.  (See policy attached)

Travel insurance from Cuban insurance companies and most international insurance companies receive travel assistance services in Cuba from Asistur S.A, available 24 hours all year round.

Experience shows that over 80% of visitors to Cuba have insurance coverage, from companies at their countries of origin covering their medical expenses in Cuba.

Residents in the United States traveling to Cuba will have to take out their insurance policy at their home country of departure from Cuban insurance companies.  The arrangement shall be made through agencies associated with Havantur-Celimar Company. US insurance companies do not provide coverage in the Cuban national territory.
Upon demand after their arrival, travelers shall present a policy, insurance certificate or travelling assistance card valid for the time span they will stay in Cuba.

Visitors to Cuba will not only find the natural beauty of the island and the proverbial hospitality of its people, but also absolute safety, which includes, of course, welfare and health.  In case of any medical emergency, the Cuban health system guarantees the necessary medical care through a network of policlinics and hospitals, covering every corner of the island.  Primary health care is provided in most of hotel facilities.

For more information when planning your trip to Cuba please, visit our web site or any Cuba embassy or consulate next to you, or any Cuban Tourism Office.

Likewise, you can visit (www.cubatravel.cu) or Asistur insurance company at (www.asistur.cu
 

TABLE OF BENEFITS (CUC)
 
Option 1
Option 2
Option 3
Guarantees and limits per insured and trip
7 coverage
4 coverage
2 coverage
I- Medical expenses for sickness or accident
7000.00
5000.00
25000.00
 
 
 
 
II-Repatriation and transportation
 
 
 
a) Dead
5000.00
5000.00
7000.00
b) Wounded or sick people
5000.00
5000.00
7000.00
 
 
 
 
III- Civil liability
25000.00
15000.00
N/A
 
 
 
 
IV- Down payment of bail
5000.00
5000.00
N/A
 
 
 
 
V- Accidents
 
 
 
a) Death
6000.00
N/A
N/A
b) Permanent disability
6000.00
N/A
N/A
 
 
 
 
VI- Luggage
 
 
 
a) Location
No limits
N/A
N/A
b) Material loss and robbery
400.00
N/A
N/A
 
 
 
 
VII- Expenses for loss documents handling
300.00
N/A
N/A
 
 
 
 
Sell price to the public at home country of departure
CUC 2.50 pax/day
CUC 2.00
pax/day
CUC 3.00 pax/day
Valid for persons over 70 years of age, participants in high risk competitions, dangerous training and hobbies, previous payment of an over prime
ASISTUR
Alarm Central 24 hours
Phones (53 7) 866-8527, 866-8339, 867-1315.
Fax (53 7) 8-66-80, e-mail: asisten@asistur.cu; seguros@asistur.cu

 

The export of cigars up to 23 loose units is authorized with no further proceedings or documents submission

Exports

When leaving the country, travelers must verbally declare all the hand-rolled cigars they are carrying with them or in their luggage to the Customs official. They will be allowed to take up to 50 units of hand-rolled cigars with no need to submit any document. Higher amounts may be exported, as long as they are kept in their original boxes, closed and sealed with the established official hologram. Besides, the traveler must validate the legal acquisition of such cigars by presenting the original invoice, or sale receipt from the shops authorized to commercialize them. All amounts exceeding the 50 units, which had not been declared by the traveler will be confiscated, as well as any other exceeding what’s been declared, or in case the legal acquisition of the amount declared is not validated  with an invoice or an official sale receipt.

The export of art pieces which are not heritage is allowed only when authorized by the National Register of Cultural Assets.

Books and other publications published more than 50 years ago can not be exported, the same applies to copies of Ediciones R, or those books holding stamps  of libraries or other entities.

More about Cuba

The Constitution of the Republic guaranties total freedom of worship.

Due to the country’s climate, it is advisable to wear casual clothes, preferably cotton made ones. Swimming suits and anti solar creams should be included in your luggage. If you are to visit mountain areas or if traveling in winter time, a sweater or a light coat will be very useful.

There is a power supply of 110 volts, 60 cycles. In many hotels, 220 volts power supply is also available. Outlets are design  for flat pins.
Time zone of Cuba is -5 Greenwich Meridian ( Eastern Standard Time in the  United States and Canada). Summer time is established from April to October (clocks are set one hour forward) in order to make the maximum use of daylight.
 

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