Travel To Cuba

Written by Abby Luttrell
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If you want to travel to Cuba from Europe, you'll need a valid passport and a visa. The visa can be issued from the Cuban consulate, or the airline or ticket agency with which you have booked your travel. Visas are valid for one month, and can be extended by 30 days once you are in Cuba.

Travel to Cuba from America

For Americans who wish to travel to Cuba, tourism and business trips are against the law. However, it's possible to apply for a license from the U.S. Treasury Dept. for a trip for religious or humanitarian purposes, or if you are a journalist or a student. The Center for Cuban Studies has its own license and can arrange group and individual travel.

In Cuba, the dollar is used as often as the peso, and some Cuba resorts, such as on Varadero, only take dollars. All hotels and most restaurants take non-U.S. credit cards. Cuba is a conservative Catholic country; nude sunbathing and camping on the beach are not permitted. Cuba, because of its conservatism and egalitarian system, is very safe, and travelers can walk the streets of Havana late at night or hitchhike, as many Cubans do.

Cuba has modern health services (Cuban medical care is, in fact, some of the best in the world), and every hotel has a doctor on 24-hour call. Cuba has many spas and health clinics that are popular with an international set; clinics specialize in skin treatments, anti-stress regimes or detox. Because of the U.S. embargo, medical and pharmaceutical items are in short supply, so bring your own medications, sunscreens and insect repellents.

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