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Country Information

Cuba

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Banknotes in euro (EUR)
  • Banknotes in Swiss Francs (CHF)
    Change cash in local currency
in addition to:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in local currency 
    Change cash into the local currency for the regions more agrarian in the travel destination

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • ATM cash withdrawals outside bigger communities or cities may not be available.
  • The Travel Cash Mastercard card is occasionally accepted at major hotels and restaurants.

Credit cards

  • Acceptance of credit cards is limited. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Convertible peso CUC
Import local currency
prohibited
Import foreign currency
unlimited; USD 5'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Export local currency
prohibited
Export foreign currency
limited to the equivalent of USD 5'000.00; higher amounts only if declared upon entry
Note
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • Starting from 8 November 2004: US dollars are no longer accepted as mode of payment and must be exchanged for convertible pesos CUC (1 peso equals 1 USD) with a surcharge of 10%.
  • This fee does not apply when exchanging other hard currencies (CHF, EUR, GBP, etc.).
  • Travelers are advised to take cash in Euro and Swiss francs to change into the local currency.
  • Large cities/tourist centers (Varadero, Jardines del Rey, St. Lucia, Playa Covarrubias, Holguin): euros (EUR) are accepted as payment by many shops, hotels, restaurants, etc.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 6 h

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English

Capital

Havana (La Habana)

Country code for calling Switzerland

119 41(disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110/120 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival with visa in form of tourist card, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds (USD 50.00 (equivalent) per day) for stays up to 1 month.
Tourist cards are available at travel agencies or the Cuban represantation in Berne.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Havanna, 5ta Avenida no. 2005, entre 20 y 22, Miramar-Playa
Tel. +53 7 204 26 11

Opening hours

Banks
8.30 - 15.00 h (Mon - Fri)
Stores
9.00 - 18.00 h (Mon - Sat)
9.00 - 13.00 h (Sun)

Driving

Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 (varies by rental company).
Rental cars with driver available.
CH sticker and breakdown triangle mandatory.
Blood alcohol limit: 0.0 ‰.

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Risk of dengue fever.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security
Si consiglia di rispettare le abituali misure precauzionali contro la microcriminalità.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Use officially marked taxis only.
Do not hitchhike and do not take hitchhikers.
Avoid nighttime driving.
Special legal regulations
Photographing persons wearing an uniform, military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.
Severe penalties for violations of drug laws (up to life imprisonment/death penalty).

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.