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Cuba Rules:
As of January 1, 2021, all incoming travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken less than 72 hours before arrival to Cuba. All travelers will also be required to fill out a health declaration card and take another COVID-19 test at the Cuban airport ($30) before being allowed entry into Cuba.

U.S. Rules:
Effective January 26, 2021. All air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country need to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.

CDC Recommendations:
   • Do not travel if you are waiting for test results, test positive, or are sick.
   • During travel, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not traveling with you,
      wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.
   • Choose outdoor restaurants and bring your own sanitizer to wipe down the table, utensils, etc.
   • After you travel, get tested 3–5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.

test Currently, commercial airlines coming from the U.S. can only fly into Havana. The airlines will pass out a Cuban immigration form on the plane for you to fill out before you arrive. Make sure that you request one if they do not pass them out. If you don’t get one on the plane, you can get one at the Cuba airport and fill it out before you get in the exit line.

Effective 6/2019 - Passenger and recreational vessels, and private and corporate aircraft are no longer allowed.

Cuban Visa and Tourist Card A Cuban Visa/Tourist Card is required for entry to Cuba. If you are traveling from the U.S. you can get your Cuban visa/tourist card from your airline or online here.

• For travelers flying in from other countries, your visa is a different color than the one from the U.S. Check with your airline for details.

test CPS Travels has experience with people facing mobility issues and we will be happy to discuss your needs with you. The streets are not easy to navigate and the transportation is not geared toward the disabled.

test Drones, satelitte phones and satellite devides are prohibited. If you bring a prohibited item, you will be held at immigration indefinitely, your items will be confiscated and may not be returned.

test Illegal drugs are NOT allowed in Cuba and they have zero tolerance policy. The penalties are severe.

Jody Miller Photography: Havana at Night

Electricity The U.S. uses 110V, and Cuba uses both 110V and 220V. Many of the private homes have 110V, but not all. We suggest bringing a multi-adapter/converter so you will be able to charge all of your devices. You can also bring a multi-plug outlet if you have more than one device to charge. Cuba’s infrastructure is old, and it is possible to experience temporary power outages.

test Cuba is a poor nation and the average Cuban takes home the equivalent of approximately $25 per month. Donations of clothes, toys and toiletries are appreciated. From time to time, Customs has confiscated these items.

Effective 9/2020 Americans are not allowed to stay at government-owned hotels in Cuba, only private homes.

Imports Cuban-Origin Alcohol and Tobacco
Effective 9/2020 - The importation into the United States of Cuban-origin alcohol and tobacco products is no longer allowed.

Art: As much as you want.
• If it is over $50 or from a gallery, make sure you get an export certificate from the artist or you will pay taxes on it. Normal duty limits apply.

Insurance MEDICAL INSURANCE (Required by Cuba)
The Cuban government requires that all visitors carry Cuban health insurance that covers the territory of Cuba and the limits are small. This is usually included with your airplane ticket and you should double-check with your airline when you purchase your ticket. This coverage is provided by Asistur and it is also available for you to buy when you get to Cuba.

Travel to Cuba must be pre-paid and is non-refundable. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes trip cancellation insurance. This is available from an outside vendor. They will offer different levels of coverage with different refund conditions, and you and your agent can decide what coverage best fits your needs.

test Personal computers and tablets can be used in Cuba. If you are going to Havana, Wi-Fi is available in some hotspots around the city where you will see the locals congregating. Some private homes have Wi-Fi, but not all. If you are traveling outside of Havana, the internet is more limited and it is hit-or-miss. Wi-Fi in Cuba is very slow and more like dial-up and it is not unusual for the internet to go down. ETECSA (government-owned telecommunications company) wireless access cards can be purchased and used anywhere there is Wi-Fi. In many places, the internet is limited or not available in much of Cuba.

test Spanish is the language spoken in Cuba, but many people speak English and other languages.

Mobile Phones If you want to use your U.S. phone in Cuba, your service provider will give you the details of your plan and whether your phone can be used in Cuba. Cell service in Cuba is expensive, so contact your service provider to make sure you don’t incur roaming charges. We recommend installing WhatsApp before you leave so you can speak and text from Cuba to the U.S. at N/C when you’re connected to the internet.

• Be sure to keep a close watch on your cellphone and other electronics, especially at the airport. They may go through your luggage and things can disappear in the confusion.

test Cuba has two currencies, the Cuban Peso used by the locals and the CUC or Convertible Cuba peso used by travellers. The CUC, will be phased out completely by June 2021, leaving the island with one currency for the first time in more than 20 years. Visitors can use US dollars and no longer have to exchange their currency when they get there. The Cuban government has set the exchange rate at 24 Cuban pesos to $1 US dollar. We recommend that you bring enough cash for your entire trip because credit/debit cards and checks issued by U.S. banks still cannot be used in Cuba.

Jody Miller Photography: Havana at Night
text Carry your passport or a photocopy with you at all times.

text These are private restaurants and are often run out of people’s homes.

test Taking pictures of military and law-enforcement facilities is strictly prohibited. No photos are permitted at the cigar factories or at grocery stores. Museums and some places of interest may have other posted restrictions. Check first because if you cannot take pictures, they will ask you to check your camera, so it’s best to leave it in the car with your driver. In our experience, we have never been asked to check our cell phones at the door.

test You will find restrooms in restaurants and some venues, however they may not have toilet seats, toilet paper or water to wash your hands. We recommend that you carry tissues, hand wipes and anti-bacterial gel. There are often bathroom attendants at public restrooms, and the customary tipping is $.25 to $1 US.

test Your room may have a safe but it may not be in working order.

test Cuba is generally a safe country, but as with any travel, normal safety precautions should be taken. Keep your personal belongings in a secure location and do not leave your valuables unattended. It is best to leave your expensive jewelry at home.

test You will probably not find your favorite snacks in Cuba, so you may want to bring them from home. No perishables are allowed, but you may bring nuts, candy bars, gum, etc.

test Batteries
Bathing Suit
Clothing - Shorts, sandals and walking shoes for the day, a sweater or jacket for air-conditioning, and you may want something more dressy for dining and evening activities.
Fold-up Umbrella
Insect Repellent

Masks, face shields
OTC Medicines - First aid kit and other over-the-counter medicines (suggestions include bandaids, alcohol wipes, antibacterial cream and anti-itch cream, cold/allergy medicine, aspirin and meds for diarrhea and heartburn).
Prescription Medicines - We suggest you bring a little more than you will need for your trip. Keep them in your carry-on bag in the original prescription bottle and follow TSA security regulations if they include liquids.
Sunblock, Sunglasses, Hat
Tissues, Hand wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Antibacterial Gel (see Public Bathrooms)

test Generally many restaurants are willing to meet varying dietary requests.

test Prepaid phone cards issued by U.S. companies are not accepted. You can also purchase phone cards from the Cuban phone company ETECSA; all phone calls using the ETECSA card must be made from an ETECSA phone. You can find these cards in most hotels and ETECSA telephone offices.

To Call Cuba from the U.S.
011 + 53 + City Code + Phone Number

To Call a Mobile Phone in Cuba from the U.S.
011 + 53 + 5 + Phone Number

To call a mobile phone in Cuba while in Cuba
5 + Phone Number

To Call the U.S. from Cuba
Dial (119-1), then area code and phone number, or check with your hotel's front desk.

Time Zone
Cuba is in the Eastern Time Zone and they observe Daylight Savings Time.

test We recommended that you get the Covid-19 vaccinations before you travel to Cuba and contact your doctor or the CDC for current travel health information to see what other vaccinations or shots you may need.

test Limit yourself to bottled water which can be purchased at a local store.

test Cuba has very nice weather throughout the year with balmy tropical trade winds. May to October is Cuba’s summer and is considered the rainy season, where it is very humid, often with brief showers in the afternoon. Cuba’s winter is the dry season from November to April. The hurricane season is officially from June 1 to November 30.