cUBA country information
There is no country like Cuba, the Queen of the West Indies. The island is so extraordinary due to the charm of its people, the endless heavenly beaches, its picturesque capital Havana and the eternal pulsating rhythm of Cuban salsa. Cuba has extensive steppes, scenic sandy beaches and beautiful nature reserves with lush green tropical mountains. Those who come to Cuba will experience true Caribbean flair and the charm of its inhabitants. Let yourself be
transported back into the time of the fiftys and marvel at the cars that have not changed so much since then. we have put together some information about the important issues of your journey.
Currency: The convertible peso (Peso Cubano Convertible) is one of two currencies in Cuba. It has existed since 1994 and is tied to the US dollar. Most food and consumer products can only be paid in CUC. Especially services for tourists like accommodation, car hire and catering are paid only in this currency. The Convertible peso can easily be bought in exchange offices, banks and hotels. The exchange rate is always based on the exchange rate of the US dollar. A fee of 10 % is charged when changing US dollars to Pesos. For Canadian Dollars, British Pounds, Swiss Francs and Euros no fee is required. Credit cards from German banks are usually accepted in restaurants and hotels. Credit cards from American institutions like American Express or Diners Club are not accepted.
Time difference: There is no time difference between Cuba and the USA as they are located on the same time zone
Electricity: The voltage in Cuba is 110 volts and 60 Hz, in some hotels there are 220 volts. Electrical devices such as phones, digicams, shavers and hair dryers operate with 110 volts. American flat plugs are widely used, so it is advisable to bring an adapter plug for double American outlets.
Internet: Although Cuba seems to be a little old fashioned, there is Internet everywhere.
There are crowds of people relaxing in public places with their smartphones, tablets and
laptops . There are WiFi Hotspots by the company ETECSA. For 2 CUC you can surf the Internet for an hour. Once you are connected to a WiFi hotspot, you log in with your access dates and you open the browser.
Opening hours: Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 15:00 or 17:00 o'clock. On the last day of the month, however, banks are open only until 12:00 o'clock. Shops in hotels and exchange offices open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 o'clock. Tourist shops open from 09:00 to 18:00 o'clock on weekdays and from 09:00 to 13:00 o'clock on Sundays,
Political system: Since February 24, 1976 Cuba has been a communist state according to its constitution, based on the ideas of José Martí, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Lenin. Cuba is defined as an independent and sovereign socialist workers' state and has a one-party system. The only party permitted in Cuba is the "Communist Party of Cuba" with 500 000 members. The members of the People's Congress are elected every 5 years and the People's Congress elects members of the State Council. The Chairman of the State Council has been Raúl Castro Ruz since 2006. Raúl Castro is also the head of the Council of Ministers.
Main information points about Cuba at a glance:
- Currency Peso Convertible (CUC) for tourists, Cuban Peso for locals
- Time difference 6 hours to CET
- Voltage 110 Volt and 60 Hz
- Internet cards from ETESCA, can be used on all wireless hotspots
- Opening times of stores from 10:00 to 21:00 o'clock
- Banks Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 15:00 or17:00 o'clock
- Party system (Cuban Communist Party)
- Communist state