Spanish is the official language in Cuba and there are no dialects. English is the language used for commercial operations.

In tourist facilities and other service units, prices are set in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC). In Varadero, Cayo Largo del Sur, Jardines del Rey (Coco and Guillermo Keys), Santa Lucía and Covarrubias Beaches, and Holguín province (tourist resorts on northern coastline), you can also pay in euros.

Traveller cheques are allowed and also credit cards such as Cabal, Transcard, Visa, MasterCard and Amigo TRAVEL Card if they had not been emitted by US banks or their branches.However, you should have some cash on you just in case the machines are not working.

Make sure you save CUC 25 (Cuban Convertible pesos) in cash for your departure tax at the airport. Visitors leaving Cuba can take away 50 cigars, and 1.14 liters of liquor (two regular-sized bottles of 750 ml.). In order to export other items, such as art and antiques, you must procure a permit from the National Registry of Cultural Objects. Most legitimate vendors have such permits and can officially stamp your receipt.

Cuban convertible pesos can be changed upon departure at bank offices at international airports and ports in Cuba. Traveler's checks, including those issued by US banks, are accepted.

The voltage in most residential and trade areas, offices and hotels is 110 V / 60 HZ, though some facilities already have 220 V / 60 HZ. Wall outlets are for flat plugs.

You must be aware of some customs regulations before you travel to Cuba, for example: no weapons, explosives or pornographic magazines are allowed in the country. Tourist are allowed to bring, tax free, two bottles of liquor, one carton of cigarettes, personal belongings and jewels, photographic and video cameras, typewriters, sports and fishing gear. You can bring, duty free, up to 10 kilos of medicines in their original packaging.

Clothing should be light, mainly during summer, so it would be best to wear shorts, cotton and flannel outfits and sandals. As for winter, a light jacket or a fine wool sweater and closed comfortable shoes would do, mainly at night. You should also bring sunglasses and a bathing-suit and so that you can take a refreshing swim, and don't forget your sunscreen.

Though tap water is drinkable, we advise you to drink bottled water to avoid tropical illnesses.


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