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Where is Cuba located?

The Republic of Cuba is an archipelago settled on a Caribbean country. Its main island is Cuba, the largest of the Greater Antilles. Part of the archipelago, the Isla de la Juventud (formerly Isle of Pines) and a multitude of cays and islets, among them: Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Largo, Cayo Jutía, Cayo Santa Maria, among others . North of its territory are the United States and the Bahamas, west Mexico, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica south and southeast Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Cuba is strategically located between the Americas, at the entrance of the Gulf of Mexico, why it has been given the nickname of “Key to the Gulf”.

How to get to Cuba?

The main access is by air. Cuba is connected directly and through regular flights to 40 cities around the world. The country has twelve international airports through which 50 airlines operate more than 28 nations.

The entrance by sea with private boats can be done through sea Hemingway in Havana; Dársena and Gaviota Varadero (Varadero, Matanzas); Gaviota and Puerto de Vita (Holguin), all on the north coast of the island. On the south coast, marine Cayo Largo, Havana and Punta Gorda, the latter in Santiago de Cuba

Where I can find information about Cuba?

Cuba has diplomatic relations with 182 countries. It has 148 offices in 120 countries, of which, 118 are embassies, 1 section of interests, 1 General Consulate, 20 consulates, 4 diplomatic offices and 4 representations to international organizations. In any of these representations you can find information about Cuba and its tourist development. Detailed information on each is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba (http://www.cubaminrex.cu).

What are the immigration regulations in force in Cuba?

All visitors must have a valid passport or travel document issued both in your name and the corresponding visa or tourist card, except in cases of countries with which Cuba has visa exemption agreements. Visas or tourist cards (individual or group) may be requested at the Cuban consular representations (whose contacts are available on the site (http://www.cubaminrex.cu) and in travel agencies and airline offices.

Businessmen, journalists at work functions and non-resident natural persons Cuba or with another nationality, should get a Cuban consulate issued a visa.

If we arrive by sea, before reaching territorial waters (12 nautical miles from the island shelf), crews should contact the port authorities by the channel HF (SSB) 2760 (National Coastal Network) and 2790 ( Tourism Network), or VHF Channel 68 for the National Coastal Network and Channel 16 for the Tourist Network.

What are the customs regulations in Cuba?

The Cuban custom house allows travelers to enter the country of personal effects needed for your stay. The customs duty is equal to one hundred percent of the value of the product cost declared by the passenger. Personal effects, 10 Kg. Of medications and $ 100 of other objects are excepted.

You can import items worth up to 1000.00 Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC); of this amount, 250.00 CUC are exempt from payment and the remaining 750.00 CUC as a fee payable import value.

The payment for transportation of excess baggage the airline’s point of origin, does not relieve the traveler to pay upon arrival in Cuba the corresponding fee, depending on the value of the items.

The customs revenue laws prohibit pornography, blood products. Also prohibit the possession, trafficking, consumption and sale of drugs, narcotics and drugs, live animals and firearms, although the latter may be allowed when it comes to weapons for sport hunting, the Cuban entity in charge of this tourist modality . Nor can introduce phones and wireless microphones and appliances.

The cash input is unlimited. However it is recommended to declare excess of 5000.00 USD figures, for re-export an amount equal to or greater than that amount is required to submit the relevant customs declaration.

Export of artworks, antiques, Cuban flora and fauna and other cultural assets legally protected is allowed. The maximum value of exports of other items is $ 1000.00.

To remove artwork and antiques must request a permit to the National Register of Cultural Assets, if it is silver or gold in excess, authorization of the National Bank of Cuba will be required. The craft does not require documentation for export.

They are exempt from tax: personal items, own jewelry, cameras or video, sporting goods and fishing gear; two bottles of liquor, one carton of cigarettes and up to 10 Kg. of medications.

Departure tax of airports in Cuba is 25.00 USD.

Can I export to Cuba an unlimited amount of cigars?

On leaving the country free export of 50 cigars Habanos (loose or in containers) without presenting any document you are authorized. If travelers want to export bent tobaccos above this quantity (50 units) will be obliged original claim and a copy of the official bill in the institutions appointed for that matters by Habanos SA company, where they were purchased, and deliver a copy where the Customs leave the country.

The cigars must be in original containers, with the official qualifications, including the new holographic seal. Failure to comply with the essential requirement of licit acquisition, the product will be confiscated by Customs.

Do I need a medical-health document to enter Cuba?

There are only sanitary restrictions for travelers from countries where yellow fever and endemic cholera, or countries declared infected areas by the World Health Organization (WHO), in which case it is required the International Vaccination Certificate.

What is the political-administrative division of Cuba?

The Republic of Cuba is divided into 15 provinces and one special municipality. From west to east they are:
• Pinar del Río
• Havana
• Artemis
• Mayabeque
• Isle of Youth (special municipality)
• Matanzas
• Hundred fires
• Villa Clara
• Sancti Spiritus
• Ciego de Avila
• Camagüey
• Las Tunas
• Holguin
• Granma
• Santiago de Cuba
• Guantanamo

What are the main attractions and destinations in Cuba?

The main tourist products of Cuba are its beaches, cities with a rich culture and history and nature, plus options that provide destinations for nautical tourism and marine, diving, health and quality of life, events and incentives, among others. The people of Cuba is the main element that distinguishes the culture, education and civic norms of coexistence and acceptance visitors that have developed in recent decades.

What are the main urban centers of the country?

• Havana: Located at the western end of the island. Cuba capital and main cultural and economic center of the country. Cosmopolitan city of 2.2 million inhabitants whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Santiago de Cuba: located in the extreme southeast of the island. Second city in economic, cultural and demographic importance. Population: 500 thousand.
• Camagüey: located in the central-eastern Cuba. City whose historic center is a World Heritage Site. Population: 300,000 inhabitants.
• Holguin sits in the northern part of the eastern region. City of 300,500 inhabitants, with white sand beaches and warm waters of Guardalavaca, Pesquero, Esmeralda and other great attractions.

How is the weather in Cuba?

Any time of year is conducive to travel to Cuba. High temperatures are generally produced. The annual mean values ​​ranging from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius.

The season from November to April is less hot and is known as winter; the months of May to October, hotter, they are called in this summer and higher volumes of rain the year are generated.

The average relative humidity is high, averaging close to 90 percent, leading to an intense feeling of heat for much of the year.

What should I wear to Cuba?

Light and fresh clothes, preferably cotton or linen thread. In the day is mostly used informal clothes and, at night, light clothes but more elegant is accepted. To attend solemn ceremonies, business meetings, dinners, diplomatic meetings or visits to clubs, formal clothing should be used. From December to March a light jersey is enough, especially for travel in air-conditioned bus.

How is the Cuban food?

Cuba’s cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisine. Among the most consumed dishes are rice, meats, vegetables and pork. Among the dishes is the congrí, made with a broth of beans and rice, tamales (corn) and plantain tostones. At parties or other recreational activity most coveted is the typical roast pork simmered rod.

Are there dangerous animals or plants for human life in Cuba?

Cuba has a diverse flora and fauna and no animal and plant species in the archipelago constitutes a danger to human health.

What has Cuba transport?

The country has a transportation network which guarantees safe and efficient transfer all settlements and link these with the tourist regions and all its attractions. An extensive network of highways and roads (about 50 thousand km., Of which 14,000 are highways and asphalt roads).

If you want to rent a car you can explore Cuba enjoying every detail. To do this, apply for services at different points of existing rents cars in the 15 provinces and the special municipality through the transport companies: Transtur and Transgaviota.

The country has 12 national and 9 international airports that allow the air link in the main cities and destinations turísticos.También you can travel by train, Ferrocarriles de Cuba connects the entire island from West to East.

How I can pay for products and services in Cuba?

The official currency is the Cuban peso, the import or export is prohibited. Circulating notes of 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos, and coins worth 1 and 3 pesos. There are parts 1, 2, 5 and 20 cents.

In Cuba, all purchases and services are in convertible Cuban pesos (CUC). The exchange for Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) can be done in hotels, airports, banks and exchange houses (CADECA).

Cabal credit cards, Transcard, Visa, MasterCard and Amigo Travel Card provided they are not issued by US banks or their branches are not accepted. There are also means of payment of national use emitted by the Banco Financiero Internacional (BFI cards) and by Banks of Credit and Commerce, Metropolitan, Popular de Ahorro y BICSA (RED cards).

The banking network is represented by various entities, covering the national territory and possesses modern technology and interconnection. The prices in tourist facilities are fixed in CUC.

Cuba no longer circulates in the US dollar. When making the exchange of US dollars for Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) a levy of 10% applies. In international marinas, cruise terminals, and duty free shops in airports you can pay with dollars since the 10% surcharge is added to price.

Financial transactions are made in Euros, Canadian dollars, British pounds and Swiss francs.

You can pay directly with Euros in Varadero, Cayo Largo, Jardines del Rey; Playa Santa Lucía in Camagüey; beach Covarrubias in Las Tunas and Holguin beaches: Guardalavaca, Don Lino, Esmeralda, Pesquero. You can change any currency, including US dollars to convertible pesos (CUC) at airports, banks and hotels, and recanjearlos the term of stay in the country.

Will medical care is guaranteed in all hotels?

Over 95% of hotels have a doctor on the provision of primary patient care. There are also eight international clinics -for treatments of greater care- in Pinar del Río, Varadero, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Cayo Coco, Saint Lucia, Guardalavaca and Santiago de Cuba. In Cuba, the company dedicated to providing health services and quality of life is Servimed tourists and Health Tourism

It is advisable for all tourists traveling to Cuba you do covered by an insurance policy, which can also be purchased on the island through the travel assistance company Asistur, SA (Http://www.asistur.cu).

Can I make extensions and changes type of tourism?

To extend your stay in Cuba or change the kind of tourism which has traveled the country, you must go to the travel desk at your hotel or the tourist office closest to where you are vacationing.

Can I take pictures and film freely in Cuba?

You can take pictures and film freely, except in restricted and marked as those of military and other areas. The museums and other places of interest have specific regulations. To take colored pictures, the best time is between 09:30 hours and 11:30 hours, and after 16:00 hours.

What kind of power exists in Cuba?

110 V, 60 Hz. There are outlets flat pins. In most hotels using 220 V current may

Is there Internet in Cuba?

In most of our hotels and other accommodation facilities Internet service is offered. Several of these also have Wi-Fi, on which may have information on his arrival in the establishments where it is provided. In some business and convention centers it is also possible to connect to the Internet.

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