cUBA travel information
Entry requirements: In order to prevent problems when traveling to Cuba, we have summarized the most important information for you. For a trip to Cuba, you need a 6 months valid passport and a tourist card. The tourist card for adults,children and infants must be presented upon entry into Cuba. Furthermore, you need a copy of a valid travel insurance for the intended stay. Insurance policies of US insurance companies and German statutory insurance are not accepted. With all papers presented you are allowed to stay in the country for 30 days.
Customs and Duties: All personal belongings may be imported duty-free into Cuba. This includes clothes, shoes, toiletries, radios, CD players, sports equipment, video cameras, films, medicines. In addition, each adult is allowed to introduce three litres of alcohol and 200 cigarettes. Import and export of fresh food, pesos, walkie-talkies, satellite phones with GPS function is prohibited. There are special rules for the export of tobacco products: You can take 20 loose cigarettes and 50 Cigars in an original sealed package with you. If you want to export more cigars you need an original bill issued by one of the official government shops.
Climate: Temperate, subtropical climate makes Cuba a popular year-round destination. Around the southeast of Cuba (around Guantanamo Bay) there is hot steppe climate. The average temperature is 25 ° C. In the warmer months, from March to September, temperatures reach over 30 ° C. There is a rainy season from June to October and a dry season from November to April. There are usually no long periods of rain but short tropical showers.
Health Insurance: To enter Cuba, health insurance is mandatory. Since May 1st 2010, Cuba travelers are obliged to present a valid health insurance policy at the border.
Traffic rules & road conditions: Cuban traffic rules are very similar to the United States ones. Just like in the United States, you drive on the right-hand side. Nevertheless, there are a few things that are handled differently. Instead of using a winker, the Cubans stretch their left arm out of the window quite frequently. Traffic lights are often behind a side street. Road conditions are not always the best. There are unforeseen potholes, stony gravel roads or brooks. A map is absolutely necessary.
Transfers: For Cubatrotter transfers, you'll get corresponding vouchers that indicate the Cuban company that is responsible for the transfer. The group transfers are usually carried out by "Viajes Cubanacan". Transfers that are included in domestic flights to and from Cayo Coco and Cayo Largo are usually realized by "Solway".
Departure: Please arrive two hours before departure at the airport. Observe the current safety regulations for hand luggage.
The main points of Cuba travel information at a glance:
- Valid passport (min. 6 months validity) and Tourist Card
- Import of fresh fruit is prohibited
- Satellite phones with GPS function are prohibited
- Export of cigars with original invoice
- Imperative is a health insurance taken out in the traveler's country
- You receive vouchers for transfers
- Arrival at the airport 2 hours before departure.