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Cuba
• Basics • Language
• Flight Schedules & Baggage  • Money
• Time • Tipping
• Electricity • Safety Information
• Travel Health • Communications
• Weather • Shopping Restrictions


Basics
YOU CAN FINALLY TRAVEL WITHOUT A LICENSE AS LONG AS YOUR TRAVEL IS WITHIN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TWELVE CATEGORIES.

1. Family visits

2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations

3. Journalistic activity

4. Professional research and professional meetings

5. Educational activities

6. Religious activities

7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions

8. Support for the Cuban people

9. Humanitarian projects

10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes

11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials

12. Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.

Flight Schedules & Baggage
We offer daily flights to Havana from Tampa with Southwest leaving Tampa 7.00 am and returning 6.05 pm from Havana. Flight time from Tampa to Havana is only 50 minutes. Additionally, SW offer 2 daily flights (later in the day) to Havana with one stop in Ft. Lauderdale. We also offer flights to Cuba with JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta and others from various locations in the USA.

Time
US EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST)

Electricity
Most older hotels use 110-volt power, while newer hotels use 220 volts. A variety of outlets are in use, but the flat and round two-pin plugs are most common.

Travel Health
No vaccinations are officially required, however visitors are advised to take precautions against typhoid if traveling in rural areas. Most of the more serious tropical diseases are rare in Cuba. Food in Cuba is generally considered safe. Bottled water is available and advised for the first few weeks, although mains water is chlorinated. Your ticket price for your r/t flight from the US to Cuba does include a full Cuban medical insurance while you are staying in Cuba.

Weather
Cuba has a semitropical, temperate climate and experiences two seasons: a rainy season from May to October, and a dry season from November to April. Generally the weather in Cuba is sunny, hot and humid. The average minimum temperature is 70 F and the average maximum temperature is 81 F. The sea breezes tend to make conditions more pleasant on the coast. Cuba has a very good public safety record when it comes to handling tropical storms but travelers ought to be aware that travel itineraries can easily be thrown by such weather.

Language
The official language is Spanish, but English is spoken in the main tourist spots.

Money
The official currency is the Cuban Peso (CUP), divided into 100 centavos, but the "tourist currency" is the Peso Convertible (CUC), which replaces the US Dollar as currency in tourist related establishments like hotels, restaurants and so called "dollar shops". US Dollars are no longer accepted as payment, and a 10% commission or more is charge to exchange them. The CUC is almost equal in value to the US Dollar. Some places only accept Cuban pesos and others only Pesos Convertible (usually tourist related establishments). Money should only be changed at official exchange bureaus or banks to avoid scams confusing the two currencies. All major Credit/Debit Cards will now be excepted

Keep in mind to have $25 CUC cash (equivalent to $30 USD) to pay your Cuban Departure Tax at departure.


Tipping
Tipping in convertible pesos is very welcomed as salaries in the service industry are small. A 10% tip is appreciated in restaurants and by taxi drivers. Small amounts are appreciated by all service staff.

Safety Information
Cuba is considered free from any threat of global terrorism. Visitors are warned that theft from baggage during handling is common, and valuables should not be packed in suitcases. Be wary of be pickpockets and bag snatchers at major tourist sites. Visitors are advised to take taxis after dark rather than walk.

Communications
The international access code for Cuba is + 53. The outgoing code is 119 followed by the relevant country code (1191 for the US). The city code for Havana is (0)7. Cuban cellular phone companies have roaming agreements with many international cell phone companies, but not the United States. A GSM network covers most main towns, and cell phones are available for rent. Public telephones are widely available for domestic as well as international calls, but international calls are expensive. Pre-paid phone cards are available. Internet connections (WIFI) are available at some major hotels and internet cafes are located in the main towns and cities.

Shopping Restrictions
U.S travelers can bring back 400$ worth of cuban merchandise, including $100 of alcohol and tobacco products,per trip


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