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Cuba has been open for tourism for a while now, and we wanted to share some of the most common questions we get from individuals seeking their travel visas. Cuba has some unique requirements for issuing travel visas, and outsourcing the task can definitely free up your time to plan your time in Cuba.

What are the U.S. passport requirements for Americans visiting Cuba?
Your passport must be valid at the time of entry, and two pages are required for entry/exit stamps.

Will I need a tourist visa to visit Cuba?
Yes. Although, technically tourist travel to Cuba remains prohibited. Your travel must fall into one of 12 categories of authorized travel. We can help you with that.

Are any vaccinations required to visit Cuba?
Currently, no vaccinations are required, but Hepatitis A is often recommended as water and foods may be contaminated. Dengue fever and the Zika virus are also prevalent.

Is it true U.S. credit cards don’t work in Cuba?
It’s true. U.S. credit and debit cards do not work in Cuba. You will need to bring cash to cover your stay. The Cuban government will require tourists to declare any amounts over $5000 USD. Another point to note is that the Cuban government charges a 10% fee for all conversations from U.S. dollars, excluding electronic transactions or cash conversions in other currencies. When exchanging currency, use the state-run offices known as CADECAs.

Can I bring Cuban pesos back to the U.S.?
It’s probably better not to try. Travelers may only export the equivalent of 5,000 USD in any currency other than the Cuban convertible pesos (CUC). Anyone wishing to export more than this amount must demonstrate evidence that the currency was acquired legitimately from a Cuban bank. (Source: U.S. State Department)

Is Cuba safe?
Cuba is relatively stable and characterized by a strong military and police presence. According to the State Department, the U.S. government rates the threat of crime in Cuba as medium. With the recent influx of tourists to the island, there has been an increase in the number of property crimes, as well as violent crimes. Crimes of opportunity, such as purse snatchings and car break-ins, are on the rise. Overall, Cuba is a safe place to visit, but caution needs to be exercised as in any country you are visiting.

If you’re heading to Cuba and still need to renew/obtain your U.S. passport and travel visa, talk to us – we can make the process fast and easy.

cuba travel

There is a proposed travel ban for Cuba, while it wouldn’t shut off the ability to visit – it does change some of the permissible reasons for visiting Cuba. If you’re planning a trip to Cuba, talk to us about your passport and visa.

Also, it is worth noting Cuba is very strict about its CUC currency leaving the country, As one traveler experienced recently and nearly went to jail.

Questions and Answers about Cuban Travel

What are the U.S. passport requirements for Americans visiting Cuba?
Your passport must be valid at the time of entry, and two pages are required for entry/exit stamps.

Will I need a tourist visa to visit Cuba?
Yes. Although, technically tourist travel to Cuba remains prohibited. Your travel must fall into one of 12 categories of authorized travel. If the changes proposed by Washington go through, two reasons will be removed.

Are any vaccinations required to visit Cuba?
Currently, no vaccinations are required, but Hepatitis A is often recommended as water and foods may be contaminated. Dengue fever and the Zika virus are also prevalent.

Is it true U.S. credit cards don’t work in Cuba?
It’s true. U.S. credit and debit cards do not work in Cuba. You will need to bring cash to cover your stay. The Cuban government will require tourists to declare any amounts over $5000 USD. Another point to note is that the Cuban government charges a 10% fee for all conversations from U.S. dollars, excluding electronic transactions or cash conversions in other currencies. When exchanging currency, use the state-run offices known as CADECAs.

Can I bring Cuban pesos back to the U.S.?
It’s probably better not to try. Travelers may only export the equivalent of 5,000 USD in any currency other than the Cuban convertible pesos (CUC). Anyone wishing to export more than this amount must demonstrate evidence that the currency was acquired legitimately from a Cuban bank. (Source: U.S. State Department)

Is Cuba safe?
Cuba is relatively stable and characterized by a strong military and police presence. According to the State Department, the U.S. government rates the threat of crime in Cuba as a medium. With the recent influx of tourists to the island, there has been an increase in the number of property crimes, as well as violent crimes. Crimes of opportunity, such as purse snatchings and car break-ins, are on the rise. Overall, Cuba is a safe place to visit, but caution needs to be exercised as in any country you are visiting.

If you’re heading to Cuba and still need to renew/obtain your U.S. passport and travel visa, talk to us – we can make the process fast and easy.

We’ll give you a hint. It’s exotic, has beautiful beaches and is a mere 90 miles away from the coast of the United States.

If you guessed, Cuba, you’re right!

Cuba According to data put together from the travel insurance company, Allianz, Cuba was a major destination for Valentine’s Day 2017.

The company looked at data from some 18,000 trips purchased for two people the weekend before Valentine’s Day, or departing between February 10-12 and returning February 13.

Cancun continues to rank as the top destination, but for the first time Cuba has entered the list and exceptions are it will continue to climb in popularity. The reason is flights are affordable, accommodations are budget-friendly, and the travel visas are easy to acquire. Visitors still have to meet one of the 12 pre-approved reasons to set forth by the Department of the Treasury. A few of the reasons are doing charity work, visiting family members, or performing religious functions.

U.S. travelers require a passport and visa to enter the country, talk to us and we can expedite both!

Spring Break 2017

Are you heading to Cuba for Spring Break? It’s only 90 miles from the U.S. so it’s as fast and easy to get to as Mexico. And equally as exotic and warm. If you’re wondering where to stay, we have five suggestions for you.

Varadero is located in the NW coast of Cuba and is a great landing spot for Spring Breakers. One of the most popular hotels here is the BelleVue Puntarena. This hotel is usually booked and stays busy. The elevators can be slow, but unless you’re staying on one of the higher up floors, it won’t be an issue.

Iberostar Laguna Azul is another gem to keep in mind if you’re visiting Varadero for Spring Break. Like many hotels in Varadero, this hotel is currently undergoing renovations and updating, but it shouldn’t affect your stay.

Cayo Coco is another popular destination for Spring Breakers, and here are two great hotels to stay at. Hotel Playa Coco is a beach front with easy access to the ocean. Numerous activities are available and the food is rated highly. Memories Caribe Beach Resort is larger than Hotel Playa Coco and just as busy.  If you arrive at night, the pathways to the rooms are not lighted, just follow whoever is delivering your luggage and you should have no issues getting to your room.

Bravo Caracol located in Santa Lucia is moderately priced and has a reputation for great food and entertainment. Also located on a beautiful white sands beach, you may wish Spring Break lasted a little longer.

Make sure your passport and travel visa are ready to go, and if they aren’t – talk to us!