Traveller Resources for the Cuba Tour

  1. Visas for Cuba
  2. Travel Health Issues
  3. Travel Reports on Cuba
  4. General Information about Cuba
  5. US citizens wishing to visit Cuba
  6. Currency in Cuba
  7. Climate and Weather in Cuba
  8. Global roaming with your phone in Cuba
  9. Cuban Language
  10. Electricity, Adaptors, and Plugs in Cuba
  11. Books and Literature on Cuba
  12. Maps of Cuba
  13. Homosexuality in Cuba
  14. Photography and Cuba Webites
  15. Other Travel Companies We Recommend

Travel Visas for Cuba

Almost all tourists visiting Cuba, need to obtain a tourist 'visa' which is called the Cuban Tourist Card. The tourist card is valid for 30 days (90 days for Canadians).
Cuban Immigration will retain one half on entry (pictured) and the second half on your departure. Make sure you do not misplace this while in Cuba - you cannot leave the country without it.

View the list of nationalities that do NOT require an entry visa for Cuba.


Information and suggestions on how to obtain your Cuban Tourist Card:

  • Apply for Cuban Tourist Card through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate closest to you. See below for more information.
  • The return ticket Havana - Cancun purchased through Cuban Adventures can include the Tourist Card and departure tax from Mexico. See more information here.
  • We recommend that you enquire when you purchase your air-tickets or check directly with the airline to see if they provide the service of arranging visas for you.
    NOTE: For example - most airlines flying direct from Canada include the tourist card in the ticket.
  • Tourist cards for Cuba have been available for purchase for many years at airports throughout Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean and can be purchased in a matter of minutes at the time of check-in.
    NOTE: Please ensure you check the status of this service before heading off to Cuba, these regulations are subject to change - we cannot guarantee this service!
  • Some airlines (Virgin Atlantic, Air France) will not permit you to board the flight without a Cuban tourist card.
    NOTE: check the regulations with the airline in advance.
  • A quick and easy solution is to purchase the Cuban Tourist card on-line from this travel agency website www.cubavisas.com.
    NOTE:The Tourist card is usually received within a maximum of 7 days after purchase (worldwide).

Visa requirements for foreigners traveling to Cuba, are liable to change and can be dependent upon your nationality.

The following are offical government websites with information specific to the visitor's nationality:


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Travel Health Issues Relevant to Cuba

Before traveling to Cuba, it is important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.

Here are a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues specific to Cuba. Nevertheless these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional.

Be aware that recently Cuba has had an outbreak of Cholera in Jan 2013. (possibly from the amount of medical professionals travelling to and from neighbouring island of Haiti).
Although no real risk to travellers, it is important to drink only bottled water, and follow the tour leader's recommendations about the consumption of any street food.

Please be aware that Dengue Fever can also be carried by mosquitos throughout the Caribbean, Central America, & South America, and Cuba is no exception. Make sure you carry, and use a good insect repellant.


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Travel Reports on Cuba

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up-to-date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news as well as background information on every country including Cuba.

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Currency in Cuba

  • Click here for a very useful online currency converter that even includes the Cuban Peso Convertible (CUC) and Peso Cubano (CUP)
  • Click here to read more about currency in Cuba

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Climate and Weather in Cuba

A general description of weather and climate in Cuba can be found in our Information Section. Below are some other sites that describe in more detail the weather and climate in Cuba.

View the weather tracker below to see the most up to date severe weather warnings.

Cuban Language

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It will be most beneficial for you to you to learn some Spanish before you come on your Cuban Adventure. Essentially you don’t need to know any Spanish, as all the travel arrangements are taken care of for you, and your tour leader is there if you need an instant translation. However, any Spanish you learn will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the trip. Because this tour of Cuba is focused on contact with the Cubans and their culture, there will be ample opportunity to use, and benefit from, whatever Spanish you have. Our experience is that every traveller that comes to Cuba wishes they new more Spanish. You can start now.

To start with, you can download our list of basic Spanish phrases that are most common in Cuba (as Spanish, particularly the spoken form does vary significantly from country to country).

If you would like to study further and you can’t find Spanish classes in your local area, here are some websites that offer some on-line classes.

Spanish Lessons

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Books and CDs

Online Spanish lessons with audio for pronunciation

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Electricity, Adaptors, and Plugs in Cuba

Below is a picture of the type of wall plugs you can encounter in Cuba. Most places have only 110V (60Hz), and some have both 110V and 220V (60Hz)

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Books and Literature on Cuba

Maps of Cuba

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Homosexuality in Cuba

We are a gay friendly company and support the rights of homosexuals throughout the world.

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Photography and Cuba Websites

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