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Every tourist should have a valid passport issued on his or her name and a
Cuban Tourist Card or Cuban Visa. Make sure that your passport in a good condition,
it is important for you to know that
your passport should be valid for at least two weeks after the return date.
|International Airline Companies: Cuba Flights reservation
Cubana Airline: address calle 23 No. 64, esquina a infanta. Vedado, Havana. tel:(53-7) 33-4949 or 33-4950
Iberia: address calle 23, esquina a P, Vedado, Tel: (53-7) 33-5041 Havana.
Grupo TACA: address Hotel Habana Libre Tryp, Calle l, entre 23y25, Vedado tel: (53-7)33-3114 and 33-3187 Havana.
Mexicana Airline: address calle 23, esquina a P, Vedado Telf: (53-7) 33-3533. Havana.
TAME: address calle 23 e Infanta, Vedado tel: (53-7) 33-4126 Havana.
COPA: address calle 23 e Infanta, Vedado, tel: (53-7) 33-1503, Havana.
Aerocaribe: address calle 23 esquina a P, Vedado, tel: (53-7) 33-3621 and 33-4423, Havana.
Air Jamaica: address Hotel Melia Cohiba 1ra e/Paseoy2, Vedado, Plaza. tel: (53-7) 66-2447, 66-2448, 66-2450
Air Europa: address Edificio Lonja del Comercio, Lamparilla, No.2, Planta Baja "B", Old Havana. tel: (53-7) 66-6745
Hotel Tryp Habana Libre, 23 esq. L Vedado, tel: (53-7) 66-2642, and 66-6918 Havana.
Air France: address Hotel Tryp Habana Libre, 23 esq. L Vedado, tel: (53-7) 66-2642, Havana.
ALM, Compania Antillana de Aviacion: address calle 23, No64 Vedado. tel: (53-7) 33-3730 and 33-3729
Aeroflot: address calle 23 No.64 Vedado. tel: (53-7) 33-3200 and 33-3759 Havana.
Aeropostal: address Hotel Tryp Habana Libre, 23 esq. L Vedado. tel: (53-7) 55-4000 and 55-4203
Aerogaviota: address Ave. 47, No 2814, Reparto Kohly, Playa. tel: (53-7) 881-3086 and 881-3068 Havana.
Martinair Holland: address calle 23, No 64, Vedado. tel: (53-7) 33-4364 Havana.
LTU: address calle 23, No 64 Vedado, Plaza de la revolucion. tel: (53-7) 33-3549 and 33-3525 Havana.
Sky Airline: address Hotel Tryp Habana Libre, 23 esq. L Vedado. tel: (53-7) 55-4487 and 55-4488 Havana.
Where can you get from Cuba?
From the largest of the Antilles in no time at all you can get to Maya Route, Montego Bay, Nassau, Grand Caiman, Cancun, or any other part of the insular or mainland Caribbean. Travel agencies such as Cubanacan Viajes, Havanatur, Cubatur, Gaviota Tours, Rumbos Cuba and San Cristobal offer multi-destination holiday packages.
| How to get around Cuba?
Regular scheduled and charter flights run by the national airline companies reach the far-flung corners of the Cuba archipelago where 20 airports are in operation.
The size of the country and its extensive road network enables visitors to travel by car, bus or taxi to any province on the Autopista Nacional (national motorway), the Carretera Central (central highway) or along other communication routes.
As for transport by rail, Ferrocarriles de Cuba, the first company of its kind in Latin America and the sixth in the world, links all of the provinces to the capital.
By bus Viazul connecting all major cities. By car, the majority of travel agencies offer flexy fly and drive packages, with a vehicle and even in some cases a cell phone included. It is also possible to travel the country in campers, or join up with cycle tours to get around.
|Car Rental: Standard, economy and luxury vehicles can be hired at airports, hotels and tourist spots and facilities all over the island. A valid driver’s licence and passport are essential and drivers must be over 18 years of age. The valid system of road signs in force is the international Highway Code. Gas price for high-octane "Special" is CUC$ 1.10 and "Regular" is CUC$ 1.00|
|National airlines Domestic Flights in Cuba
Cubana de Aviacion in Havana. Address calle Infanta, esquina a Humboldt, tel:(53 7) 836 4950
Cubana de Aviacion in Toronto, Canada tel: 416-967-2822.
Aerocaribbean: address calle 23, esquina a P, Vedado, Havana. tel: (53-7) 879-7524.
Aerogaviota: address calle 47 #2814, entre 28 y 34, Playa, Havana. tel: (53-7) 203-0668.
Aerotaxi: address calle 27, # 102, entre M y N, Vedado. Havana tel: (53-7) 33-4064.
Havana Airport info tel: (53- 7) - 266 4644, 266 4133
Varadero Airport info tel: (53-7) 45 - 24 70 15
Habanataxi: tel: (53-7) 41-9600. Havana.
Panataxi: tel: (53-7) 55-5555. economic fares, Havana.
Taxi OK: tel: (53-7) 204 -9518 or 204 -9519. Havana.
Taxi Transtur: tel: (53-7) 208-6666, 204-6163 and 204-9198. Havana.
Taxis Gaviota: tel: (53-7) 339-780 and 666-777 Havana.
Fenix: tel: (53-7) 863-3149 Havana.
Taxi Havanautos: tel: (53-7) 832-3232. Havana.
Viazul the best bus line in Cuba Viazul link
Havanatur: tel: (53-7) 204-7300, 204-7299 and 204-2795 - Havana.
Omnibus Transtur: tel: (53-7) 66-6138 and 66-6139. - Havana.
Veracuba: tel: (53-7) 201-6753 and 201-7374 - Havana.
Viazul: tel: (53-7) 881-1413 and 881-5652 - Havana.
Transgaviota: tel: (53-7) 33-9780 - Havana.
These services are guaranteed by the company ASISTUR, which is represented in all of the main tourist resorts in the country and has an Emergency Center that operates the whole year round tel: (53-7) 88-35 Havana.
Climate: Cuba is situated near the Tropic of Cancer and therefore enjoys a warm climate. Rainfall is high and relatively even, although there are two distinguishable seasons: the dry season, from November to April, and rainy season, from May to October. The average temperature during the day is 27 C, 81 F,while at night it is 20 C, 69 F. July and August are the hottest months.
To call Cuba from abroad first dial 53, then the code of the province in question and afterwards the telephone number required. Mobile telephones run by GSM operators may be used in Cuba without any difficulty. It is possible to hire cellular telephone services through the companies CUBACEL tel: (53-7) 880-222 and C-Com tel: (53-7) 264-2266.
The largest cities in Cuba, beside each city is the population.
Pinar del Rio: 82
Playa Larga: 459
Villa Clara (Santa Clara): 42
Sancti Spiritus: 41
Topes de Collantes: 42
Ciego de Avila: 33
Las Tunas: 31
Santiago de Cuba: 22
Cayo Largo del Sur: 45
Isla de la Juventud: 61
In Cuba call 0 before city code
| What to eat?
The country boasts a large number of establishments serving light meals and restaurants offering international cuisine Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic and stylized Cuban cuisine.
Typical Cuban dishes par excellence are fried, roasted or fricassee pork, congri (a mixture of rice and black beans), cassava, fried fruit and vegetables (banana, potatoes, tubers, sweet potatoes, etc), vegetable salads, ajiaco (potato, tuber, vegetable and meat stew) and home-made puddings of coconut, guava, mango and papaya, served with cheese.
The largest restaurant chain in the country is the Palmares Company, which manages top class restaurants and also offers cheaper options at the following cafes: La Vicaria; Ditu (chicken); Dichin (Chinese food); Dinos (pasta and pizza); and pan.com (sandwiches).
Light meals are also available at the following cafes: D'prisa belonging to Islazul; El Rapido belonging to CIMEX;
Cubanitas belonging to Cubalse, Piropo belonging to Rumbos, establishments run by the company Habaguanex S.A.
|Fairs and Festivals Havana Art Events
Cuba is the setting for some important festivals such as Festival of New Latin America Cinema, the International Ballet Festival, the Guitar Festival and the Theatre Festival, all in Havana; the Boleros de Oro and Jazz Plaza, the San Antonio de los Banos Biennial comedic show, Casa de las Americas prize, Havana International Book Fair, Caribbean and Ibero-American Culture Festival (Fiesta del Fuego), carnivals and traditional "Parrandas".
| How to pay? Cuban Converatble Pesos
In cash convertible pesos, or using a credit card ( Visa International, MasterCard, Access, Bancomer International Eurocard, Banamex, Dinners Club International, JCB, Cabal and Carnet), or others issued in the country (BFI and RED cards), as well as travelers´ cheques and vouchers.
Credit cards issued by US banks and their subsidiaries are not accepted.
The price of meals and drinks depend on the category of the particular establishment.
A drink may cost from CUC$ 2 to CUC$ 5;
Meals cost between CUC$ 5 (light lunch) and CUC$ 28 (dinner); and beer, between CUC$ 1.50 cent and CUC$ 2.
Bottle of wine varies from between CUC$ 3 and CUC$ 45.
Loss of credit card should be reported on tel: (7) 55-444 or at regional subsidiaries of the Banco Financiero International.
As a general rule bank open on Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm, except on the final working days each month when they only open until midday. In cases where there is special service (for cash advances, travelers´ cheques) opening times are from 9am to 7pm On Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from 9am to 2pm.
Automatic cash dispensing machines have also been introduced on the island.
Visitors traveling to Cuba are entitled to bring into the country, tax free, any jewels and items for personal use, non- commercial imported items for a sum of up to CUC$ 50, or 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250 grams of loose tobacco, or a combination of the three with a weight not exceeding 250 grams, and 3 alcoholic beverages (for adults over 18 years).
Still and video cameras, radios and cassettes which visitors are carrying on arrival must be re exported.
Duly authorized firearms, except hunting rifles, may be brought into the country. With regard to any electrical household items that visitors bring into the country, the receipt of purchase must be presented and a tax paid equivalent to 100% of the item’s value.
Any consumer article purchased from the national network of stores may be taken out of the country after presenting a till receipt.
Cigars can be exported for a value of up to 2000 CUC with presentation of the relevant receipt; and 50 cigars presenting no receipt; live or dead species of flora and fauna, provided that the health documents and export licence are produced. Visitors taking works of art or antiques out of the country require a permit from the National Register of Cultural Assets.
Remember: The Airport tax is CUC$ 25 cash, per person pay at the departure in Cuba.
| Procedure for entry by sea:
Before reaching Cuban jurisdictional waters (12 miles from the island´s shores), contact the port on HF (SSB) 2760 (national coastal network), and 2790 (tourist network), or on VHF, channels 68 and 16 for the former and 19 for the latter.
Travelers coming from countries where there is yellow fever or endemic cholera, or those that have been declared infected areas by the World Health Organization, must present a vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days beforehand and not more than 10 years prior to the date of entry to the island.
It is possible to import meat products only where these are duly tinned and sterilized; vegetables, where these have been industrially processed; and the same applies to pasteurized milk products and cheeses.
Dried and fresh fruit require the relevant agricultural health certificate.
Visitors traveling with animals, plants or products that do fulfil the requirements indicated above must contact the Cuban health authorities on arrival so as to be informed of the rules applicable in each case.
Drugs are forbidden in Cuba!
Electricity: The electricity is 110-volt, 60 cycles. Many hotels also have 220-volt electricity.