Travel Tips for Cuba 2022
Top Tips for Travel to Cuba 2022 🇨🇺
What you need to know before you head to Cuba
I’ve just come back from Cuba. Such a great feeling to travel again, to bask in the Caribbean sunshine and the warm welcome!
Travel to Cuba is relatively easy – in spite of pcr tests and locator forms – but there are key things you need to know before you get there, so that you can enjoy a smooth and stress free trip.
Our guides gave me some extra travel tips too so we’ve put together a list for you.
Cuba has been through a lot during the pandemic, but the country is well protected against Covid-19 , is open and ready to welcome you.
Here are our top tips for any trip to Cuba:
- Make sure you’re fully vaccinated because Cubans are. 💉90% of the Cuban population is vaccinated ( 5 year olds and upwards ) and Cuba expects any visitors to be fully vaccinated too ( as of the 5th January 2022 you’ll need to present a negative PCR test as well as a recognised vaccination certificate to enter the country ). Keep up to date with entry requirements by checking the FCO travel advice for Cuba here.It’s good to know that everyone ( and I mean everyone ) who works in tourism has been vaccinated and has received a booster vaccination too.
- Bring a good supply of face masks and hand sanitiser 😷Cubans all wear masks in public places, including children as young as 5. At the time of writing, it is compulsory to wear face masks in public ( including the street ) and on transportation ( including taxis and tour buses ) although you may, of course, remove your mask in restaurants and cafes while eating. You will be expected to sanitise your hands every time you enter a shop or restaurant.Bring your own supply of masks and hand sanitiser, Cuba isn’t a rich country.
- Download and fill in your personal details on the new D’Viajeros App. 📲Cuba has a new passenger locator form which you can find here:https://www.dviajeros.mitrans.gob.cu/inicio .Make sure you have completed your personal information and received your QR code before getting on your plane to Cuba. As of 1 January 2022, it’s compulsory to present the QR code as you enter Cuba and before you pass through Immigrations.
Wi-fi connection is patchy in Cuba so get it done before you travel and keep a photo of the QR code on your phone. It’s a quick and easy process once you have the QR code.
- Bring EUROS cash in small denominations. 💶€💶Cuba’s national currency is the CUP ( Cuban Peso ) but its value has dropped during Covid and everyone in Cuba wants EUROS. Best to bring your cash in EUR5,10 or 20 notes.You’ll be able to use it pretty much everywhere and especially in bars and restaurants where proprietors actively prefer payments in a solid currency over payments in CUP. It’ll work out better value for you too!Although you can easily exchange your EUR cash into CUP cash, it makes sense to keep the bulk of your cash in EUR as restaurants will give you a far better rate of exchange than the official one. Currently the official exchange rate is EUR1:CUP28 while the unofficial rate is EUR1:CUP80. Just saying…😉
- Whatever you do, don’t bring USD cash! ＄😩 Euros are currently the most accepted currency in Cuba and can be used anywhere. USD cash cannot be exchanged anywhere, so don’t bring them. This is a recent change on travel advice so please don’t assume that this information is incorrect. You will not be able to exchange USD anywhere.GBP, MXP, CAD are exchangeable at the local exchange bureau but the current official rate of exchange bears no relation to the much higher rate of exchange on the street. Put simply, if you bring these currencies and exchange your money in the official CADECA exchange offices, your trip to Cuba will be super expensive.Do yourself a favour, take my advice and bring EUR. In small denominations. This is what you’ll use to pay for pretty much everything.
If you’re a UK citizen you and use the very efficient, reliable and easy The Currency Club where you can order and pay for EUR online and get them delivered to your home in 24 hours.
- Expect shortages of many basic items. 🍽🍹Cuba has never been the land of plenty but the pandemic has created more shortages than ever. You can get stuff in hotels and some stores but most of the goods are expensive by any standards and you’ll need to pay with a bank card. You’ll see queues at lots of shops. Cubans are endure these shortages with remarkable resilience so be nice and don’t complain if you can’t get the exact meal you fancy. And bring chocolate. You’ll be the most popular person in Cuba if you pack a few bars of Cadbury’s finest.Food will be basic but , on the plus side, there’s no shortage of rum! Havana Club, Black Tears, Ron Santiago, Caney – you’ll be an expert by the end of any week spent in Cuba.Rum cocktails and the local Crystal beer will make up for any lack of variety in food 😉.
- Medication and toiletries 💊🧴Bring any medication and toiletries you will need during your trip and be generous – bring extra to give to Cubans you’ll meet along the way. They will be super grateful for any extra items you can fit in your case.Go to Poundland or Superdrug, spend £20 and make someone’s day (and friends for life) when you get to Cuba!Here is a list of items currently impossible or very hard to buy in Cuba…
Insect repellent ( those pesky mosquitoes )
Hydro-cortisone cream ( for rashes and insect bites )
Nappy cream ( Sudocrem, the magic cream which works on any skin condition! Brilliant on sunburn too J )
Sanitary Towels ( yup, imagine you can’t get sanitary protection 🥺 )
Razors ( now you know why everyone is sporting a beard in Cuba )
Moisturisers ( both face and body )
Shampoo and conditioner
And if you like snacks ( and like the idea of making someone really, really happy) you might want to pack:
We know you’ll have a good time once you get here, just make sure you take our advice so that you have the best time possible!
The Cubania Team looks forward to seeing you in Cuba soon! 🏝🇨🇺🍹
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