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Can someone explain Cuba's two-currency system and the consequences for foreigners?

I know there is the national peso (CUP) and the convertible peso (CUC) and that 1 CUC = 1 USD = 25 CUP. Why is there this difference? Is it to keep Cuban money from leaving the country? What are the ...
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Is it technically illegal for US citizens to visit Cuba? [duplicate]

There is a belief that US citizens would be doing something illegal if they were to visit Cuba. I remember hearing years ago while in Mexico where lots of people go on sidetrips to Cube that it's not ...
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European citizen visiting Cuba while in US?

I may be visiting the US soon for both work (conference) and leisure (sight-seeing) but was wondering whether it is possible to pay a visit to Cuba, as I see that direct commercial flights have been ...
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Florida → Cuba ferries are starting soon - but when?

Ferry services between Florida and Cuba have been approved, which is pretty huge. However no definitive schedule has been set. I'm asking this question so that when a date is known, it can be put as ...
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Where exactly is this building located in Cuba?

I'm preparing our next trip to Cuba and seeing some pictures, I've found this one: I suppose it's located in Havana, but cannot find where exactly (address or GPS location). The most significant ...
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Can US citizens go to Cuba freely and vice versa after the recent diplomatic relation restoration?

A recent full diplomatic relation restoration between the US and Cuba took place, does that mean that US citizens can go to Cuba freely and vice versa?
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Why do all Cuban hotels have no reviews in booking.com?

As the title suggests, why is that? The hotels are not really new on booking.com, I randomly checked a few hotels and some were listed on booking.com at the end of 2016! we are now in November, 2018, ...
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How reliable is the Cuban public transport network?

I am going on holiday to Cuba for two weeks and would like to do lots of exploring of different areas and towns travelling mostly by bus and possibly train (avoiding air travel where possible). My ...
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Travel to Cuba as dual citizen (USA+other)?

Suppose I am a U.S. citizen with dual citizenship with another country. Citizens of this second country are allowed to travel to Cuba. Suppose further that I live and work outside the United States ...
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Is it possible to get the Cuban tourist card (visa) on arrival at Havana Airport?

Is it mandatory to obtain the Cuban tourist card / visa (tarjeta turística) in advance? Or is it possible to get it upon arrival (at Havana airport) too? If the latter is possible, is there a ...
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Tipping in Cuba as a Canadian

I will go to Cuba in the following days and I am not sure how to tip. On Tripadvisor It says: Do not tip with coins of your own currency, because foreign coins can not be exchanged in any country ...
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How can I estimate the crime rate in Cuba?

How/what is the crime rate in Cuba? Is walking around in Havana and travel by car through the country reasonably safe for travelers? Any tips?
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How do I get a tourist visa/card for Cuba?

How do I get a tourist visa (or a tourist card) for Cuba? I live in the Netherlands, but I'm not a Dutch citizen, I have an Italian passport.
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Finding flights to Cuba with a flight search engine

Several of the main flight search tools (Kayak, matrix.itasoftware.com) and the like either won't show or tell you they can't show flights to Cuba due to legal reasons and them being American websites....
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Vegetarian dishes in Cuba

I'm going to Cuba in February. As a vegetarian, food is always a challenge. The most common problems for me: I don't know the language very well The concept of vegetarianism is unusual or non-...
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What do Cuban power plugs look like?

What do Cuban power plugs look like? Are they like US or UK ones?
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Is it possible to travel to Cuba by sea (from e.g. Mexico)?

When I was reading about Cuba around the time I visited there (2008), I got the impression that the only way in is by air. Now, as of 2012, is this (still) the case? Or are there any cruises, ferries,...
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Is Guantánamo Bay, Cuba open to visitors/tourists?

Okay, I know this sounds crazy, but I was wondering if Guantánamo was open to tourists. I have read it is not possible in some forums, but again, those are forums. Wikitravel says that "Non-US, non-...
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Are there any cheap ways to get from Jamaica to Cuba?

I'm looking for a flight from Montego Bay to Santiago de Cuba (preferred) or La Havana, but I can't find anything below 400 euros (my trip is one way, at the end of July). Are there any cheap ...
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Can I walk around in Cuba with a copy of my passport instead of the passport itself?

Can I walk around in Cuba with a copy of my passport instead of the passport itself ? I'm asking this because I prefer to leave my passport in the hotel, rather having it with me. Do you think that ...
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How is the weather in Cuba in January/February/March? [duplicate]

What are the weather conditions in Cuba (and Florida) in January/February/March ? Some statistics etc would be useful.
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Is it legal for a US citizen to travel to Cuba? [duplicate]

Is it legal for a US citizen to travel to Cuba? Please explain any differences between traveling for tourism or other reasons.
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How can I find an ATM card usable in Cuba, by a US Citizen?

It is apparently quite easy to enter Cuba (illegally) as a U.S. citizen, by flying from a third country. But according to Wikitravel, it can be tricky using a credit card while there: For ...
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Car rental in Cuba

What prices can one expect for car rental in Cuba? On the Internet it seems ridiculously expensive, are there better deals locally? Is it possible to rent child car seats (and how much would it cost)? ...
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Can I, a non US resident, fly from Havana to Miami without special authorization?

I am an Australian citizen visiting the USA using the Visa Waiver Program next week. I have flights booked Houston → Mexico City → Havana → Miami. As far as I understand I will be fine getting into ...
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How should an American citizen licensed to go to Cuba bring money?

If I am a U.S. citizen with a specific educational license to travel to Cuba for two months, how should I bring money? I can't use any of my cards since they would not work in Cuba, and I don't want ...
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Are there free snorkeling sites in Cuba outside of Varadero and Cayos?

One of our favourite activities when travelling is diving. I've been reading about good snorkeling sites, but all require a tax to access to the beach or are located in the expensive touristic areas ...
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Fidel Castro's death - possible outcomes for tourists?

We are about to leave for Cuba today for 9 days. 9 national mourning days has been declared due to Fidel's recent death. How is this going to a affect a common tourist in Cuba nowadays, in terms of ...
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Is it cheaper to get to Cuba from Miami or Cancún?

If I'm in Miami, what is the cheapest way to get to Cuba? Also, if I'm in Cancún what's the cheapest way to get to Cuba?
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Using child car seats in Cuba?

A family is planning to travel to Cuba with an infant. They will arrive in Varadero airport, and will be staying in an all-inclusive resort about a 40 minute drive from Havana. They would like to be ...
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Is it advisable for US citizen to attempt a visit to Cuba w/o going through an agency?

I am aware of travel agencies catering to US citizens visiting Cuba, but are those services really worthwhile? If so, how does one go about vetting them?
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What is the most cost effective way of exchanging currency in Cuba?

I am travelling to Cuba in the next couple of weeks and understand I can only convert my currency (GBP) once I have landed in Havana. What is the way of doing this which offers the best value? Is this ...
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OFAC declaration for travelling to Cuba from US

I will be travelling from New-York to Cuba as my flight back to Europe is from Havana. I will buy the tourist card from the US airlines I am traveling with but I need to select one option in OFAC form ...
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Sufficient documentation for educational purpose license for USA-Cuba flights?

As a non-US citizen (J-1 visitor status) I am traveling this weekend to Cuba from the USA on a JetBlue flight (Boston-Fort Lauderdale-Havana, Havana-Fort Lauderdale-Boston). As a visitor "located" in ...
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Is a stopover in Havana a problem for a U.S. citizen?

I'm looking at flights from Mexico City to Paris, and the cheapest option has a single stop in Havana, Cuba. As a U.S. citizen, can this get me into trouble--specifically when returning to the U.S.? ...
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Single travelling in Sep-Oct - which destination: China, Russia, Barcelona + Portugal, or Cuba?

I'm Israeli. I get 3 weeks vacation from work during Sep-Oct 12. I want to travel overseas (for now alone). I thought to use the relatively long vacation to get further away than nearby Europe. Does ...
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Orthopedic medical tourism in Cuba?

I am suffering a muscle pain and I also have a profound hatred for the U.S. healthcare, including making phone calls to see if some provider is "in network" and all that goes with it. Since I do not ...
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What's the cheapest way to fly to Cuba?

I supposed that getting to Cuba by flying from neighboring countries will be much cheaper than the same from Europe, but I have realized that fly prices from Cancun or Miami are very expensive (about $...
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Will using a Mexican debit card in Cuba get me in trouble in the US?

I'm a US Citizen with Mexican residency. If I were to open a Mexican bank account, could I use my Mexican debit card in Cuba? Or would this somehow be traceable back to me when I re-enter the US, and ...
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What is the daily fee for using a local SIM card in Cuba?

I've reading about SIM card in Cuba. In some websites talk about a tax of 3 CUC per day to have a Cuban SIM card. In other websites don't. What's the current situation? If I want to make local calls (...
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Intercity transportation in Cuba

I am planning a self-travel itinerary in Cuba. I read a lot already but there are still confusing aspects. As I understand the best intercity transport is Viazul but is has few disadvantages (or maybe ...
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Cuban US resident traveling from Canada to Cuba and back

I am a Cuban with a US resident card and I'm traveling from Canada to Cuba and I was wondering if I need a Canadian visa to come back from Cuba to get into Canada if I'm using a Cuban passport.
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US law and travel to Cuba for citizens of third countries

I'm French and I'm going to the United States soon and I want to visit Cuba on the same trip. Is it possible to do so from the United States? I have French passport and am living in France. What does ...
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Cuban currency exchange - ATM vs exchange office

What are fees for exchanging EUR to CUC in ATM and exchange office (CADECA)? Is it difficult to find ATM in the main cities? Is MasterCard accepted in ATM? Considering these options because don't ...
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Cuba: How to find “higher class” apartments, not just hotel rooms. AirBnB? Internet?

We (as two German tourists, with limited spanish language skills) are planing a vacation in Cuba for October. We want to cook for ourselves, so we are looking for flats with kitchen, not just hotel ...
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Can an Australian fly from the US to Cuba?

Is it possible to get a direct flight from USA to Cuba if you're not a citizen of either country? I know that to fly out of the US you need to have applied for a Visa which you then pay for and pick ...
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How to go to a baseball game in Cuba?

How to go to a baseball game in Cuba: The baseball season begins in late August with occasional breaks for the Cuban National team’s international tournaments and culminates with the league’s ...
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Which is the cheapest way to get to Isla Juventud in Cuba?

WikiVoyage states that you can get to Isla Juventud (Nueva Gerona) by plane or by boat: The boat ("Kometa" catamaran) costs 50 pesos per person (25 for children of less than 12 years of age): ...
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How to obtain tickets for Cancun to Havana flight?

Everywhere I've looked, websites just state to buy a ticket when in Cancun, but where can I do this? Are there offices in Cancun or do I have to go to Cancun airport and go directly to Aeromexico or ...
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What restrictions can be expected travelling UK -> Cuba -> USA?

I am a British citizen and I'm planning to travel from the UK to Cuba, stay for a couple of days and then fly directly to Orlando from there. I will then fly back to the UK from Orlando. (Note: this ...