Latest Cuba News & Travel Alerts

Check out the latest travel related Cuba news.

Cuba Announces Evisas to Begin in May May 9, 2024

The Cuban government has announced that starting in May 2024 tourists will be able to apply online for an EVisa instead of using the physical visas to enter Cuba. It is not yet known how much the visas will cost, how long they will take to process, and whether all countries currently requiring the tourist visa (consular or tourist card) will be eligible. Until the change is complete, expect to purchase a paper visa and carefully read emails from your airline. Here is the information currently requested on the visa form.

  • Name and birthday
  • Personal photo
  • Passport number, date of issuance (expedition date) and expiration date
  • Home address, phone number and email address
  • Workplace information (optional)
  • Flight information
  • Length of stay
  • City and province where you will be staying
  • You are applying for a tourist visa
  • Photo of the picture page of your passport
  • Photo of your flight information
  • Photo of your accommodation information 

QR Code Required for Entry to Cuba Jan 23 2023

As of January 23, 2023 travellers to Cuba must complete immigration, customs, and health forms on the D'Viajeros website prior to arriving in Cuba. The form becomes available 48 hours in advance, and the QR generated will be shown during the check in process. You can follow our step-by-step guide to help you fill out the form. 

ESTA and Cuba Travel June 15, 2022

Travellers who wish to visit the US after travelling to Cuba must have a US visa or other means of legal entry, the ESTA visa waiver will no longer be valid after entering Cuba. Read about the effect of Cuba travel on the ESTA. 

Protests in Eastern Cuba Mar 26, 2024

On March 17, demonstrators filled the streets of four eastern Cuba cities in rare protests, calling for food and electricity provisions amid widespread shortages throughout the country.

These protests are non-violent and have not impacted travellers, we continue to monitor the situation and give our support to the people in expressing their needs. Read more about the current situation in Cuba.

Cuba Fuel Shortage Update Mar 12, 2024

Cuba is currently experiencing a severe fuel shortage, resulting in longer-than-usual blackouts and difficulties obtaining petrol. Our tour leaders and drivers have successfully minimised the impact of these fuel shortages by scheduling group activities during blackout hours, using restaurants that can maintain refrigeration, and strategically planning refuelling stops. While experiencing some impact of the current situation is unavoidable, we are working diligently to provide a safe and enjoyable experience in Cuba. Traveller feedback has continued to reflect the success of these efforts. Here are measures you can take to be prepared in case of prolonged blackouts:

  1. Bring a portable charger
  2. Bring a battery-operated fan
  3. Bring a torch/flashlight
  4. Bring DEET mosquito repellant
  5. Bring earplugs in case of generator noise
  6. Avoid walking alone at night

If you're on a tour with us, please let us know if you require electricity for medical needs. Read more about the shortages in Cuba.

Fuel Price Increase from February 2024 Jan 18, 2024

The Cuban government has announced an over 500% increase in petrol prices from 25 to 132 pesos per litre, which equates to an increase from $.21 to $1.10 per litre in USD. This increase is in response to the fuel and economic crisis and it is part of several other measures to reduce subsidies and revive the economy. At this time we do not foresee increased tour prices due to the rise in fuel costs.

Starting from August 1, 2023, we are eliminating the Local Payment on all tours, making it more convenient for you. Although there will be a slight increase in join-in tour prices, this adjustment aims to help you better plan and budget for your Cuban adventure. Additionally, we are adjusting our prices for private tours due to rising costs in the industry and global inflation. These changes are necessary to maintain the high quality of service and unforgettable experiences we provide. Secure the current private tour pricing by booking and paying your deposit before Aug 1.

In view of the fuel crisis Cuban authorities announced a group of measures across the country this week, such as: 
Prioritizing vital sectors, restricting the sale of both gasoline and diesel to private vehicles and to non-prioritized state services, mandating for State-owned cars to pick up people at bus stops or face prosecution. (Even the Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla is not exempt to the surprise of one of his passengers).
The queues for most Cubans to refuel at the few gas stations in Havana can last several days, in some provinces the sale of gasoline and diesel has been rationed. Some universities have returned to online classes, as students and professors are finding it increasingly difficult to attend classes.
Tour buses are considered as part of the prioritized sector and our tours are not severely affected by the shortages at this stage. (You may experience delays but no cancellations).

The Cuban Government has just announced the suspension of the massive May 1st parade in the capital’s Revolution Square. The mass meeting at the Plaza de la Revolución will be replaced by small marches in the municipalities to be attended on foot, due to the critical situation of fuel shortages. From the triumph of the revolution this is the first time since 1994 that this symbolic celebration has been cancelled outside of 2020 & 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cuban financial and banking institutions are once again accepting cash deposits of US dollars in bank accounts. This move eliminates remaining barriers for locals to use USD and is likely to further increase its acceptance in Cuba. USD and EUR continue to be the most popular foreign currencies in Cuba, for more information read our Money and Currency in Cuba guide. 

Banks are now accepting USD for exchange, whereas previously this was limited to the Cadeca exchange houses. Read more about money and currency in Cuba here.

As of Nov 1, 2022 the tourist card, also known as the tourist visa, is valid for a stay of 90 days and can be renewed for an additional 90 day stay. There are no changes to the price. 

Damage from Hurricane Ian has been sufficiently repaired to allow travel to proceed as normal throughout the island. Although Viñales, in the hardest hit Pinar del Rio province, sustained damage to its trees and crops, the guesthouses and restaurants are up and running. Travellers who have visited post-hurricane have enjoyed their stay.

The National Electricity System (SEN) has been able to restore services to 12 provinces around the country.

Electricity has been restored to some zones of Havana: Centro Habana, Habana Vieja, Habana del Este y Cotorro.

Power has also been restored to the provinces of Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Holguín, Granma, Santiago de Cuba y Guantánamo.

For the moment due to the severe damage suffered in Western Cuba, this province remains without electricity.

On Tuesday Hurricane Ian made landfall in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province. Officials set up 55 shelters and evacuated 50,000 people, steps were taken to protect tobacco crops. Ian made landfall as a Category 3 storm on the island’s western end, devastating Pinar del Río province.

Hurricane Ian also knocked out electricity to the entire island when it hit the island’s western tip as a major storm.

The Energy and Mines Ministry announced it had restored energy to three regions by activating two large power plants and brigades from around the country  are working in other regions.

Cuban Banks and Exchange houses have begun purchasing major foreign currencies (including USD) at 120CUP:1USD, five times the previous official rate. ATM and credit card transactions are still at the 25CUP:1USD rate. Eventually the Cuban government will begin to sell foreign currency, but no date has been announced. Read more

The Biden Administration announced the elimination of restrictions on commercial and charter flights to Cuba and has facilitated more categories of legal travel for US travellers, including reinstating group people to people travel. Read more here.

As of May 31, 2022 Cuba is no longer requiring masks to be worn in public places except for medical facilities. Persons experiencing symptoms of Covid or other illnesses are still required to wear masks. Masks are encouraged for large gatherings where social distancing cannot be maintained. You will still need to bring masks in case rules change during your visit. 

Cuba has removed the COVID test and vaccine certificate requirements for entry, effective immediately. They will continue with random testing in the airport (no cost). In order to keep our guides, casa staff, and other tour participants safe, Cuban Adventures maintains the requirement for certification of vaccination and a negative rapid test prior to joining the tour. See full details of Cuba’s Covid-19 entry requirements here.

Cuba has reinstated the mandatory PCR prior to arrival. Starting January 5th, all travellers 13 and older must show negative PCR result taken no more than 72 hours in advance of arrival in addition to proof of vaccination (or certified medical exemption). A PCR test at arrival will be given to anyone displaying symptoms and also for random checks. See full details of Cuba’s Covid-19 entry requirements here.

In response to the Omicron variant, from December 4, Cuba has increased the sanitary precautions for travellers arriving from South Africa and its surrounding countries.

See the full details on our Covid-19 protocols for Cuba page

As of today Cuba is open to tourism. International flights have resumed and domestic travel is taking place once again.

To enter Cuba, travellers aged 12 and older must show proof of vaccination. If they do not show proof of vaccination, they are required to show a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, except for U.S. travellers. US travellers will not be allowed to enter Cuba without full vaccination.

See the full updated Covid entry requirements here.

As the vaccinated population rises, and the number of Covid cases and deaths begin to fall, Cuba is loosening many of its restrictions:

  • Starting November 7, the quarantine requirement will be eliminated
  • Vaccinated travelers able to show their certificate will not be required to take a PCR prior to arrival. All international vaccines will be recognized.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers must show negative results of a PCR taken no more than 72 hours in advance.
  • Children under 12 years old will not be required to show vaccination certificate or have a negative PCR test.
  • PCR tests will be performed only on travelers displaying symptoms and there will also be random PCR testing at the airport. Travelers showing symptoms will be taken to a health institution and tested.
  • Masks will be required in the airport and throughout the country, as will social distancing, temperature checks and other hygienic measures.
  • Owners of casa particulares will be required to report symptoms to health authorities.
  • To board a plane in Cuba, travelers must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR taken less than 72 hours in advance.
  • Restaurants, nightclubs, museums, cultural venues, beaches, pools, and other recreation locations have all opened at limited capacity and curfews have been removed.
  • Ground transportation will resume but domestic flights do not yet have a plan to resume service.

The government has prohibited the use of US dollars in Cuba, all other currencies are permitted for exchange to the Cuban Peso (CUP or MN) such as Canadian dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Mexican Pesos, etc.

Tourists can obtain MLC cards in Cadecas (exchange houses) at airports, ports, and touristic areas. MLC (Money Libremente Convertible) means foreign currency. EUR and GBP are the most popular currencies to convert. These prepaid cards can be used to pay for goods and services throughout Cuba and remaining funds can be returned to the travelers when they leave the country. The cards expire two years from when they were issued.

Expect food and drink prices to be somewhat increased (30-50%) from what they were prior to the pandemic and unification of the dual currency system.

The government of Cuba has announced that the reopening of borders internationally and domestically will begin on November 15, 2021 based on the presumption that they will have fully vaccinated 90% of the population by then.

  • PCR testing on arrival will be random instead of required, and based on the presence of symptoms
  • Vaccinated travellers able to show their certificate will not be required to take a PCR prior to arrival. Non-vaccinated travellers must show negative results of a PCR taken no more than 72 hours in advance. PCR tests will be performed only on travellers displaying symptoms and there may also be random PCR testing at the airport.
  • Temperature checks will still be required
  • Quarantine requirements will be lifted
  • Luggage restrictions will be lifted in all ports of arrival, check with your airline about luggage requirements
  • Restrictions limiting interprovincial travel will resume as well

As of June 21, 2021 Cuban financial and banking institutions stopped accepting U.S. dollars until further notice. This means that travellers should plan to bring other currencies, such as GBP, EUR, CAD to exchange for CUP. In 2020 Cuba took measures to reunite its dual currencies, eliminating the CUC and keeping the CUP whose value was set at 24CUP:1USD. The actual value of the CUP is much lower (currently around 60CUP:1USD) due to current inflation but the currency situation could change drastically once tourism resumes and there is an influx of foreign capital. You can read more about money in Cuba here .

Cuba’s dual currency system is being eliminated, which may lead to price fluctuations. The CUC will be eliminated and the Cuban peso (CUP) will be fixed to the US dollar at 24:1. Read more about money in Cuba here.


Further changes were made by the Trump administration to eliminate commercial flights, but only to the provinces, e.g. Santiago de Cuba, Camaguey. Commercial flights to Havana are still available on all major airlines. Read more about flights between the US and Cuba here.

Further changes were made by the Trump administration to travel laws regarding visits to Cuba. Cruise ship visits were banned and the category of legal travel called "People-to-People" was eliminated. Legal travel to Cuba for US citizens is still quite simple however. Read a full explanation.

The much awaited changes to the OFAC regulations for legal travel to Cuba by US citizens was finally implemented today, with the new rules being immediately applicable. Here are some useful links that provide details and an analysis of the implications:

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