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

A little bit of history: (from the top of my head, there is very little to find about this on the web I think, even in Spanish): At some point during the Cuban Revolution and before I was born, being ...
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Where exactly is this building located in Cuba?

Google reverse image search locates the original of this picture. It is the Fausto Theatre in Havana. The ants were a temporary exhibit.
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Tipping in Cuba as a Canadian

I believe you are mixing two pieces of advice. The best currencies are Euros, Canadian Dollars... This is because of the trade embargo against Cuba from the USA. This means US dollars are very ...
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Can US citizens go to Cuba freely and vice versa after the recent diplomatic relation restoration?

No, travel is still not completely free. However, you are now allowed to travel to Cuba and spend money there legally under the following 12 categories: family visits official business of the U.S. ...
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Where exactly is this building located in Cuba?

That is the Teatro Fausto, on the corner of Prado and Colon, in Havana Cuba. The "ants" you see in the photo were an artist's exhibit in 2012 for the Havana Biennial. They are no longer on the ...
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Can someone explain Cuba's two-currency system and the consequences for foreigners?

You've got it more or less backwards. The restrictions are essentially aimed at controlling the rate at which hard currency (i.e. USD / EUR) leaves the country, so goods which are imported are only ...
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How reliable is the Cuban public transport network?

Coaches in Cuba - Astro and Viazul There are two main coach companies providing island-wide transport in Cuba: AstroBus and Viazul. Astro caters mostly to Cuban residents and intrepid travellers. Most ...
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Where exactly is this building located in Cuba?

It's the Fausto Theater, as identified on this photo blog. More information on the history of the theatre found on cinematreasures.org. Located in the Habana Vieja (old town) district of Havana, ...
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European citizen visiting Cuba while in US?

Legally speaking, you are not permitted to travel to Cuba from the United States for touristic purposes. The regulations bind "persons subject to US jurisdiction" which includes most people who happen ...
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Can I, a non US resident, fly from Havana to Miami without special authorization?

Yes: "Cuban nationals applying for admission to the United States, as well as third-country nationals, with a valid visa or other travel authorization issued by the U.S. government may be transported ...
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What is the most cost effective way of exchanging currency in Cuba?

The official place to exchange currencies is CADECA, this entity purchases and sell certain currencies according to Cuban Central Bank Rates. These rates are updated daily. You can find CADECAs in ...
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I am a US Citizen that also has Israeli citizenship. Can I leave the US on my American passport and enter Cuba on my Israeli passport?

The US restrictions on travel to Cuba are found in the Treasury Department regulations. The prohibitions generally apply either to "any person within the United States" or "any person ...
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Is it legal for a US citizen to travel to Cuba?

According to the US Department of State, Tourist travel to Cuba is prohibited under U.S. law for U.S. citizens and others under U.S. jurisdiction. Legally traveling to Cuba as a US Citizen ...
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Orthopedic medical tourism in Cuba?

Like any medical specialists, in any country, advance booking is likely a necessity. You could walk in but if they're busy or on leave, you wouldn't be able to see anyone. So I'd recommend ...
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Cuba casas particulares reliable sources

I stayed in Cuba last summer. Accidentally, I found a reliable, safe and at the same time cheap casas particulares network. I wrote about it in my Spanish blog (sorry for the SPAM, but I thing it ...
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OFAC declaration for travelling to Cuba from US

Note: It appears that recent US rule changes have made these OFAC declarations applicable to anyone transiting through a US airport whether they are a US citizen/resident or not. Thus it appears that ...
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Why do all Cuban hotels have no reviews in booking.com?

I've received a reply for Booking's Twitter profile on this matter: Hi XXXXX, reviews for accommodations in Cuba are no longer displayed in order to comply to a local regulation. If you have more ...
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Florida → Cuba ferries are starting soon - but when?

Not yet a real ferry service, but the first US cruise to Cuba is supposed to sail today. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article74753237.html UPDATE: the cruise sailed and ...
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Florida → Cuba ferries are starting soon - but when?

This is an update from March 2016. The ferry company mentioned in the other answer now states: [...] as January 2016, ferry operators are still awaiting final approval and licensing from the Cuban ...
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Are there free snorkeling sites in Cuba outside of Varadero and Cayos?

I can answer my own question after travelling to Cuba. All the places I visited were free of charge, including Varadero and other major spots like Guardalavaca. Before I visited Cuba I read that you ...
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Using child car seats in Cuba?

I'll answer my own question: Airport transfers by tour companies can be on either big coaches/buses (not equipped for baby carseat installation) or vans (that might have appropriate seatbelts ...
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Do Haitian need a transit visa for going through Cuba?

Cuba provides 72 hours of visa free time as long as you have an onward ticket booked. Note that you will need a visa for Mexico. Source
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Is it legal for a US citizen to travel to Cuba?

Strictly speaking travelling to Cuba isn't illegal. The US doesn't have exit controls, so it's citizens are allowed to travel wherever in the world they want. What the US does have is a very strict ...
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How should an American citizen licensed to go to Cuba bring money?

Wikitravel has a page on Americans in Cuba. Under the 'Buy' section, they go into a lot of detail, but there are a few key points: credit cards will not work. Well, they will .. maybe .. if ...
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Do (non-US) Maestro cards work in Cuba?

The answer seems to be yes. On January 23, 2015 Mastercard said they will lift the transaction block on US cards in Cuba source. On June 27, 2016 the Central Bank of Cuba today authorized the use of ...
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Intercity transportation in Cuba

Last year I went Havana - Vinales - Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Santiago de Cuba - Baracoa with Viazul, and Baracoa - Havana with taxi colectivo. ad 1. Viazul generally stops only in some restaurants in ...
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Do Varadero or Havana airports have shops which sell cigars and alcohol?

In Havana airport there is a lot of shops with cigars, alcohol and all the souvenirs, music, jewelry, t-shirts etc. Prices are generally the same or slightly higher than in the city (I think all of ...
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Restrictions on importing Cuban rum and cigars to the United States

Lucky you; in the Fall of 2016 the restrictions on Cuban cigars and rum were lifted, and Americans can bring them into the US from their trip abroad, as long as the goods are for personal consumption (...
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Where do I purchase a Cuba Tourist Card at the Miami International Airport?

I received a response from Miami International and they said: So, it appears the kiosk will be near the gates it appears you have to leave the terminal, get your Visa (Tourist Card), and then go ...
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Travel to Cuba via the US after June 2019 (Non-US Citizen)

I've since been and returned on my trip to Cuba departing from the US. On my outbound journey, I was asked at the check in desk what the purpose of my travel was. I replied "support for the Cuban ...
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