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Cuban Visa Regulations

The visa process to go on a holiday to Cuba is easy:
Obtain your visa or travel card from a local travel agent in your country. Travel agents offer this service for a price of about $20 and it saves you the time of having to go to the Cuban embassy.
Since you are staying at a private residence in Cuba, what you need is a Personal Visa.

What US visitors need to know before planning a trip to Cuba.

As a USA traveler you may apply for a Specific Travel License to OFAC or you may make travel arrangements through an OFAC-authorized Travel Service Provider (“TSP”). To obtain a current list of TSPs and for the latest information on U.S. regulations governing travel to Cuba you may consult the Department of Treasury's OFAC website.

US citizens making travel arrangements from third countries can become familiar with the licensing criteria provided by the OFAC. Contact the OFAC Licensing Division by email at OFAC_Feedback@do.treas.gov, or by phone at (202) 622-2480.

• US Citizens may obtain updated information on travel within Cuba at the U.S. Interests Section (USINT). The office represents American citizens and the U.S. Government in Cuba and is located in Havana at Calzada between L and M Streets, Vedado. Telephone numbers (537) 833-3551 through 833-3559. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. .

Begin the Travel Application process or visit your local travel service provider in the USA for direct assistance. Take a direct charter flight from Miami, New York, or Los Angeles

Quick Guide of Imports

• You can bring objects for personal use, personal jewelry, photographic or video cameras, sports items and 10 kilos (22 pounds) of medications.

• Cuban customs may apply fees if your personal baggage exceeds 30 kg.

Quick Guide of Exports

You may export from Cuba up to 50 cigars without receipts.

If you exceed that amount, you will be asked to show receipts to Custom’s official upon leaving.


Art objects and paintings purchased in Cuba must be accompanied by an export permit (usually provided by state-owned galleries). Otherwise, make sure your items are registered with the Registro Nacional de Bienes Culturales, Calle 17 #1009 e/10 y 12, Vedado, Tel. (53-7) 833-9658.

For additional information on import and export requirements, please refer to the General Customs of the Republic of Cuba website.

Advantages of Staying at a private house rental in Cuba

The owner of your house rental will be happy to recommend places to visit and nearby restaurants.
They can arrange homemade meals, your chance to try Cuban dishes.
When staying in a house rental, you can invite friends over anytime
By staying in a house rental you will be directly supporting the Cuban family.
Staying at a rental home may feel like an ideal vacation. All houses face the ocean, some have private pools and most of them are close to high key evening entertainment in Havana. Make sure to book your rental at least 30 days in advance.

Getting to your house rental - Moving around in Havana

In order to go your house rental from the airport, you can hire a taxi right at the airport or book transport services in advance through Havanatur, Transtur or any other Transportation agency. They offer two types of transfers:

Private or group transfers which you can arrange directly at the airport



What are the payment terms with 2travelcuba?

You will be directly paying for your stay in Havana to the owner of the house. For more information on house rental rates check out our rental listings.

How to Pay for your House Rental

Your rental payments will be directly made to homeowners.

What currency types are there in Cuba?

The Cuban Peso (CUP)



WHAT IS CUP?

CUP or MN (Moneda Nacional) is the official currency of Cuba.
CUP Denominations are: $1, $3), $5, $10, $20, $50, $100. Coins: $0.05, $0.20, $1.00, $3.00.
Cuban Pesos may be acquired at the CADECA exchange houses, at a current value of $24 CUP to $1 CUC.
Check out to www.bc.gov.cu/English/exchange_rate.asp for Cuba's official rate of exchange for foreign currencies and CUBAN CONVERTIBLE PESO (CUC) in relation to the CUBAN PESO (CUP).
Please note the official exchange rate of the Cuban peso against the convertible peso is only utilized in state sector accounting, establishing that one Cuban peso is equal to one convertible peso.




The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC)

WHAT IS CUC?

The CUC was introduced in Cuba in 1994 to remove the circulation of foreign currencies. The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is the currency used to pay for tourism related services.
Multicolored bills: $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100. Coins: $0.01, $0.05, $0.10, $0.25, $0.50, $1.00.
You can exchange your international currency to Cuban Convertible Pesos(CUC) or receive information on current exchange rates of the CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso) in relation to other international currencies at Cuban Banks, Hotels or the CADECA counters (currency exchange houses).
The current types of currencies which can be exchanged for CUC are:

CAD (Canadian Dollars) JPY (Japan Yen)
CHF (Swiss Francs) MXN (Mexican Peso)
DKK (Denmark Kroner) NOK (Norway Kroner)
EUR (Euros) SEK (Sweden Krona)
GBP (United Kingdom Pounds) USD (United States Dollars)


You could also buy/sell CUCs (Convertible Pesos) for CUPs (Moneda Nacional)

The exchange rate of the Cuban Peso (CUP) in relation to the convertible peso (CUC) in CADECA outlets, remains at 24 Cuban pesos (CUP) the sale of 1 convertible peso (CUC), and 25 Cuban pesos (CUP) for the purchase of 1 convertible peso (CUC).

US Currency in Cuba

The US currency exchange rate is set today at 1 CUC to 1USD throughout Cuba for exchange both in the tourist and business sectors. Locals also exchange US currency for CUC at CADECAS (national currency exchanges). There is a 10% tax applied when buying convertible pesos with U.S. dollars in cash.
The 10% tax is not applied to other international currencies or to credit card payments.



Credit Cards

Credit Cards Visa and/or Mastercard are widely accepted in Cuba except for cards issued by US financial institutions. Credit card transactions will be processed in U.S. dollars. Commercial fees remain for exchange operations usually at an additional 3%.

ATMs, where to find them?

You will find ATMs in almost every bank in Havana as well as in the major tourist destinations in Cuba. There are also ATMs in several Casas de Cambio (CADECA)

How do I move around in Havana??

Explore Old Havana on foot

Explore the city of about 726 sq km through the use of buses, rental cars or taxis.

Reserve your rental car to move around in Havana or to visit other destinations in Cuba. The streets are in good conditions and well marked.

Taxis in Havana abound. It is a good option for fast transfers from place to place.

Coco Taxis! A coco taxi is a three wheeled motorbike and a cheap way to get around in downtown Havana. It seats two people and it is extremely fun!

How safe is Cuba?

In Cuba you can safely walk on the streets. Use common sense: do not expose yourself to unnecessary danger, like walking in dark unknown places; don't wear expensive or flashy jewellery; don't show money off nor invite strangers to your room. The Cuban police makes big efforts to discourage drugs and prostitution.

What is the best time to go to Cuba?

Whether you visit on the hot, rainy season from May to October or in winter from December to April which is peak tourist season, Cuba is an everlasting summer. Cubans take their holidays in July and August, so this is when the local beaches are most crowded.

Can I use American dollars and credits cards in Cuba?

American Dollars are accepted. You can exchange them at local banks or CADECAS in Havana.

Please note Debit/Credit cards Visa or Mastercard issued by American Banks are not accepted.

For non US travelers, both debit and credit cards are accepted. They can be used for either paying for services, or withdrawing at ATMs. Credit card transactions will be processed in U.S. dollars at an exchange rate of 1.1124. Please note an additional 3% credit card processing overseas charge will be applied.

What are the best places to visit while in Havana?

Visit our Fun Tours page for the best tour options in and from Havana.

Making Phone calls: Local and International

You can make both local and international phone calls using calling cards.

ETECSA - the national phone company – sells calling cards (minimum denomination, CUC 10)

ETECSA selling points are available at the airports, in most hotels, ETECSA cybercafés and throughout the most centric districts in Havana. Phone booths can be found in all above mentioned places.