Before travelling

When you have decided that your destination is Cuba you have two options, or you go to an agency and buy a complete package (flight, hotel, visits …), which is more expensive, or you organize it yourself.

Each one has its advantages, in the first you do not have to worry about anything, they give you everything done, but, you will not know the real Cuba, you will only know the tourist sites, you will lose all the charm of Cuba and you will leave with a false impression of what Cuba is

If you go for free, the first thing is to organize your trip (cities to visit, how long you will be, routes …).

Once you have this clear, the second is to buy the plane ticket. For this you have several pages that facilitate the search process such as skyscanner

Accommodation

Cuba offers, apart from hotels, accommodation in private homes.

You can choose between:

Bedrooms. For own use, in them you have a bedroom and a bathroom. The rest of the stays are for shared use with a Cuban family. These can be the living room, the kitchen or the terrace among others.

Apartments. Exclusively for tourists, it usually has a bedroom, living room, kitchen and sometimes a terrace or balcony.

This type of accommodation has a badge that tells us that foreign tourists can stay there.

Tourist accommodation

The Visa

It is important, once you have the flight, to buy the visa.

This is obtained in travel agencies or authorized airlines.

I usually buy it in visados

The price is € 22 plus shipping.

Keep in mind that the passport must have a minimum validity of 6 months.

visa

This allows you to be in Cuba for up to 30 days. If you want to overcome these 30 days, once in Cuba, you have to go to the Cuban authorities and request an extension for another 30 days. Children, regardless of age, also need entry visas.

Important to keep the visa until the exit. When you go out, just a photocopy of your passport.

To leave Cuba it is essential to present the visa, passport and return ticket.

Health insurance

From May 1, 2010 it is mandatory to enter with medical insurance.

I have never been asked to do so, but in the event of doubt it is better to wear it, on the other hand, it does not cost much and better to be covered in the face of unforeseen events.

Healthcare for tourists is not exactly cheap.

You can remove it in onlinetours or mundiespana

To travel to Cuba it is not necessary to be vaccinated.

Electric equipment

The electricity in Cuba is 110 volts. There are apartments that also have plugs prepared for 220 volts.

It does not hurt, if you do not have this information, take an adapter, since the 110 volt plugs are flat and you could not plug the electrical devices you carry.

Time zone

Do not forget, when you arrive in Cuba, adapt the clock to the new time zone. If you go from Spain it is 6 hours less.

Security

Cuba is one of the safest countries in the world, at least for tourists.

You can walk through its streets late at night without having to fear for your integrity.

That does not mean you have to keep some security rules, if they steal you will be careless. Save the money in the front pocket.

When you pay at restaurants, check the account before paying.

In taxis, they put the meter when you mount or agree a price if you know how much it can cost before starting.

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