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Republic of Cuba

Cuba. It’s situated in the West Indies archipelago, also known as the Caribbean Sea. Due to the geographical location of the Island, the country has been named the “Key to the Gulf of Mexico” since the colonial period. It’s the largest of the Greater Antilles and close to Haiti, Bahamas, United States, Jamaica and Mexico.

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Capital: Havana
Offical language: Spanish

Migratory regulations
All visitors must have a valid passport and their corresponding visa or tourist card, except for those visitors from countries having a Visa Exemption Agreement with Cuba. Both individual and group tourist cards can be requested at Cuban embassies or consulates, travel agencies and airline offices.

Customs regulations
Please visit the web site of the General Customs Office of the Republic of Cuba:  www.aduana.co.cu.

Flora and fauna regulations

They follow the regulations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), which forbid taking out of the country live or stuffed animals and products made from protected species. To allow the export of such items, a certificate issued by CITES Administrative Authority in Cuba must be submitted.

Sanitary regulations

There are only restrictions for visitors from countries where yellow fever and cholera are endemic or which have been declared infection zones by WHO. In these cases, an International Vaccination Certificate is requested. The import of animal and vegetable products is restricted.

Travel insurance
Since May 1st, 2010, all visitors must have travel insurance. For further information, please visit the website www.asistur.cu.

Transportation

There are 17 airports in the country, of which 11 are international airports. The highway system covers around 50 000 kilometers; twenty thousand of them are asphalt roads and highways connecting the main population settlements and tourist sites. All hotels provide taxi and car rental services, tourist buses and other transport offers. Besides, there are local tour bus services, special train compartments and local air charter companies.

Currency and forms of payment

All purchase and services are paid in CUC. Financial transactions are made in Euros, Canadian dollars, Sterling pounds and Swiss francs. A surcharge of 10% is applied to the exchange of US dollars by Cuban convertible pesos. The CUC exchange rate for all currencies is established by the Central Bank of Cuba.
 
 

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