Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Is travel to Cuba legal?
There are exceptions that make travel to Cuba legal. Currently most trips to Cuba fall under educational or religious purpose licenses.
2. Is Cuba a safe travel destination?
There are many rumors about Cuba, but in reality, it is one of the safest travel destinations. You should not have problems entering or exiting Cuba. As with travel to any foreign country, please use common sense.
3. Can I use credit cards and travelers checks in Cuba?
Due to the embargo, there are no formal banking relationships between the USA and Cuba. Therefore, credit cards and travelers checks are not valid in Cuba and will not work.
4. Can I only bring cash?
The real answer is yes. Daily expenses are hard to predict, your trip includes most meals. Meals can range between $10.00 and $30.00 per meal. You need to save $50.00 for your departure tax. What you need for spending completely depends on your social habits and desires for souvenirs. (It is a good idea to have a little extra cash since access is difficult.)
5. Will I need a passport?
Yes. You will need a passport and it must not expire for at least six months after your return to the USA.
6. Are there limits on the items that I can bring back from Cuba?
There are no limits on the export of informational materials. Examples are books, films, tapes or CDs. Current regulations prohibit bringing back Cuban rum or Cuban cigars.
7. Should I bring goodwill gifts for the Cubans?
That is totally up to you. There is a general need for basic necessities such as pens, pencils, cooking oil, candy, aspirin, shampoo and soap. This can be a fun way to make new friends.
8. What is the weather like in Cuba?
The temperature ranges from 70-85 degrees. It would be a good idea to bring a light rain jacket and summer clothing…especially a hat and sunscreen.
9. Is there a good guidebook on Cuba?
We recommend the Lonely Planet: Cuba, or for a more detailed guide, Moon Handbooks: Cuba.
10. Will I love Cuba?