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VISA & PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

PASSPORTS
A passport must be valid for at least two months after the entry date.

NOTE: Persons of Cuban origin who are nationals of other countries must travel with a Cuban passport if they left Cuba after 1970.

Neither visa exemptions nor tourist card facilities are applicable to foreign passport holders born in Cuba, unless holding a document proving withdrawal of Cuban citizenship.

VISAS
Visas for Cuba are required by ALL Australian, British, Canadian, EU and USA  nationals.

The required tourist card allows the holder to stay in the Cuba for 30 days and is valid for a single entry. You must provide proof of an accommodation booking.

NOTE: Nationals of (1) the USA are subject to the Cuban assets control regulations enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC; www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/pages/cuba.aspx).

Types and cost: 
Tourist card: £15; business visa: £41, plus £19 processing fee for either if applying by post, courier or third party.

Tourist Card Note:
Jakera will assist you with obtaining a Tourist Card – email info@jakera.com for further information.

Validity: 
The tourist card is valid for one entry of 30 days within 180 days of issue and can be extended in Cuba for a further 30 days.

Application to: 
Consulate (or consular section at embassy) in person or by post. You can obtain application forms for tourist visa cards from certain tour operators and travel agents or from the consulate/embassy.

Entry documents: 
All visitors to Cuba are required to prove they have travel insurance covering medical expenses from approved foreign companies during their period of stay, or they will have to buy it from Cuban vendors on arrival in the country. US travel insurance policies are not accepted.

Extension of stay: 
You can extend your tourist card by an additional 30 days through your hotel reception or with the immigration department.

Entry restrictions: 
Visitors entering Cuba on a tourist visa are prohibited from undertaking business or journalism activities.

CURRENCY & MONEY

Currency information: 
Convertible Peso (CUC; symbol CUC$ or $) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of CUC$100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 3 and 1. Coins are in denominations of CUC$1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1 centavos.

NOTE: US Dollars are no longer accepted in Cuba and visitors will be charged 10% commission on exchanging them. In the 1990s, Cuba decided to slowly get rid of its Dollar reserves, banning the currency from general use and introduced the replacement CUC as a convertible currency under its control. CUCs cannot be purchased or exchanged outside of Cuba. Cuban nationals continue to be paid in the Cuban Peso (CUP; symbol CUP$ or $). In some tourist areas, the Euro is also accepted. Hard currency (ie CUCs not CUPs) must be used in most transactions. As of March 2011, 1CUC=1USD.

Credit cards: 
MasterCard and Visa are increasingly accepted, provided they are not issued by a US bank, or a bank with links to the USA, but hefty fees are often added. ATMs are more common but not ubiquitous. However, cash can be obtained in banks and Cadecas with non-US Visa credit and Visa debit cards.

ATM: 
ATMs are more common but not ubiquitous, but cash can be obtained in banks and Cadecas (Casas de Cambio) with non-US Visa credit and Visa debit cards.

Travellers cheques: 
US Dollar, Pounds Sterling and other major currencies are accepted; US Dollar cheques issued by US banks are not accepted but American Express travellers cheques issued by non-US banks can be exchanged, though not everywhere. It is recommended to take cheques in a currency other than US Dollars.

Currency exchange: 

Money should be exchanged at banks or state-run CADECAs. Dollars attract a 10% surcharge on top of the normal commission (US citizens should bring Euros or Sterling to exchange). All local currency must be exchanged again before leaving the country. Card transactions attract a surcharge (of up to 12.5%) - see below.


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