Do I need a visa to travel to Cuba?
Yes, travellers from most countries including the UK need to obtain a tourist card to visit Cuba. Please visit our dedicated webpage for further information.
What is the currency used in Cuba?
The local currency is the Cuban peso (CUP). The currency can only be purchased in Cuba. We recommend that travellers only exchange a small amount of your money into CUP on arrival, and discuss with your guide what payment options are available. Sometimes it’s better value to pay in EUR cash. Card payments are available in some shops. It is prohibited to take CUP currency out of Cuba.
Do many Cubans speak English?
English is not widely spoken and so learning some common Spanish phrases will help you to get more out of your stay. It is worth carrying a small Spanish phrase book with you at all times.
Is it safe to travel to Cuba?
Yes, Cuba is a safe destination for tourists, with a low crime rate. However, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions against petty theft, especially in crowded areas. For further information visit the UK government website.
Can I buy toiletries and medication in Cuba?
Toiletries such as shampoo, shower gel and deodorant are not easily available to buy and those that are, are very expensive. The same applies to simple medication like paracetamol and ibuprofen. It is advisable to purchase these before travelling.
Can I buy cigars to bring home?
You can purchase cigars but you are advised only to buy them from the cigar shops and specific farms. Those sold on the street or in markets, are often poor quality.
What is the food like in Cuba?
Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences. Popular dishes include arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), ropa vieja (shredded beef stew), and lechón asado (roast pork).
Does Cuba have a risk of the Zika virus?
The risk of Zika infection in Cuba is low, but it is still important to take precautions, especially if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
To protect yourself from Zika virus:
- Use insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin
- Wear long sleeves and trousers when outdoors
- Use a mosquito net over your bed