A valid passport is required for entry into Cuba. Passports must be valid for 6 months after your expected date of return. Any passenger without a valid passport will not be allowed to board. Landed Immigrants must also present a Permanent Resident card. The Cuban tourist visa will be handed out on board your flight to Cuba. Passengers who are not Canadian Citizens are advised to contact the Cuban Embassy to determine if a special visa is required for entry into Cuba. Please note that American citizens are no longer allowed to travel to Cuba with us under a General Travel License from the U.S. Treasury Department, they must apply for a Specific License. New: Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. A visa-exempt foreign national is a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, and who does not normally need a visa to enter Canada. Please click on the link for more info. Please note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete.
The currency used by tourists in Cuba is the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). It is accepted anywhere in Cuba and its current value is $1.25 CAD for one CUC approximately (it fluctuates). Bring Canadian dollars and then exchange them for CUC at the Cuban airport (you can also exchange them at banks or hotels, but the airport is the best place). Cuban Convertible Pesos cannot be exchanged outside the country, so if you have any money left over, exchange it back to Canadian dollars before leaving Cuba. Credit cards are accepted in Cuba, however due to the U.S. embargo credit cards and traveler’s cheques drawn on US banks and companies cannot be used. Credit cards are not accepted everywhere, and ATM machines and bank/debit cards are not used in Cuba, so cash is your best option.
When travelling internationally it is prudent to lock bags before check-in. Theft from suitcases is common throughout the world; not just in Cuba. You should ensure that all valuables such as jewelry, camera equipment, cell phones, money, etc. are carried in your hand luggage where risk of theft is minimal. Please also leave all your valuables in a safety deposit box when leaving your hotel room.
Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated and use plenty of high strength sunscreen.
At the beach –a red flag means No Swimming, yellow flag -Use caution, green flag -OK to swim. There will be lifeguards on site.