Cuba / Essentials

A quick checklist for your Cuba holiday

Cuba essentials including Cuban currency

Cuba Essentials

Time Clock

Cuba is 5 hours behind GMT and moves its clocks forward in spring and back in autumn, just not necessarily at the same time as the UK.

Currency Rectangle

Effective January 2021, Cuba has moved to a single currency system, (there used to be separate currencies), known as the CUP.

Language Lang

Spanish is the official language of Cuba although most tourist hotels will have some English-speaking employees.

Flying time Plane

Direct flights from London to Havana average around 9 ½ hours. Indirect flights average from 13-15 hours.

Insurance Insure

Cuban law stipulates that visitors to the island must have travel insurance. BTO do not arrange travel insurance, nor are we able to offer advice.

FCO advice Fco

Up to date guidance on travel to Cuba is provided by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Travel Aware Tick

The British government website aimed at preparing travellers for safe and healthy travel abroad.

Cuban Embassy Embas

167 High Holborn, London WC1V 6PA / Tel: 0207 240 2488.

Vaccinations Medical

There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Cuba. Clients should consult their surgery or for up to date information.

Further Information Info

Clients who book with Beyond The Ordinary will receive further, more detailed information before they travel.

Visa Visa

To enter Cuba, UK citizens require a Cuba Tourist Card which is valid for 30 days and currently costs £20. This Tourist Card will be arranged by BTO and there is nothing further that clients need to do although please note that passports must be valid for 6 months after the date of return to the UK. The same rules are likely to apply for most other nationalities although clients should check this with their nearest Cuban consulate.

Financial Protection

You’re in safe hands

When making your travel arrangements, we understand just how important peace-of-mind is. Beyond The Ordinary hold both ATOL & ABTOT bonds so whether you book your flights through us, or independently, any money you pay us is 100% protected. More detailed information on Financial Protection can be found by clicking here.

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