CUBA

Cuba is a land of eternal summer and is known as the home of the world's best tobacco, rum and sugar. It is the only socialist republic in the western hemisphere and is therefore also called the "Island of Freedom". Contrary to all expectations, its fairytale nature and beautiful beaches go perfectly with the hectic but cheerful cities of the country. The main reason for this are the cheerful and optimistic people: spirited and lively Cuba attracts travelers with its exoticism and special island life, as well as the openness and hospitality of the inhabitants.

Country-specific regulations on COVID-19
CUBA: UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY TO THE ISLAND OF MUSIC AND RUM
BIG ROUND TRIP THROUGH THE ISLAND PARADISE
13 Days
20 Days
Cultural Tour
Cultural Tour
VISA
CURRENCY
CUISINE
LANGUAGE
FEATURES
HEALTH
If you are staying for up to 30 days, you need a visa in form of a "tourist card" and a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Furthermore, please provide evidence of a valid health insurance for the lerngth of the stay in Cuba.
"Tourist cards" are available at the Cuban embassy and must be purchased before entering the country. Please note that the "tourist cards" for Cuba must be kept until the end of the trip.
Cuba has two currencies: the Peso Cubano Convertible (CUC), the currency of foreign travelers, and the Peso Cubano (CUP), the currency of the locals. We recommend that you bring your money with you in cash and in euros and then exchange it for CUC at Cuban banks and government exchange offices.
Bank cards like Debit, Girocard, Maestro and so on are not accepted in Cuba. Please note that when paying with credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) fees of 3% to 12% may be charged.
Food:
Due to historical circumstances, Cuban cuisine is characterized by the synthesis of Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisine. The most typical Cuban meals are either sandwiches or rice and beans, which are cooked together or separately. We recommend the national dish "Ropa Vieja". This consists of minced beef that has been steamed in tomato sauce and then served with rice or tortillas. "Arroz con Pollo" is another popular dish that is similar to paella, but consists of chicken with the traditional Soffrito sauce rather than seafood.

Beverages:
In Cuba, of course, you also have the opportunity to try the world-famous cocktails - the refreshing mojito or the intoxicating Cuba Libre.
Fun fact: The name "Cuba Libre" is said to have originated when, after the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, American soldiers toasted the liberation of Cuba from Spanish colonial rule with a combination of Coca-Cola, rum and lime juice: "Viva Cuba libre"!
In Cuba, Spanish is spoken with a Cuban dialect. Due to the longstanding conflicts with the USA, English is almost not used in Cuba.
Religion:
About 35% of Cubans are baptized Catholics. That is why Catholicism is considered to be Cuba's main religion. A mixture of the Catholic religion and the shamanic elements of the faith of the West African "Santería" is practiced. Santería priests are very popular in Cuba. They give advice, work as healers and predict the future.
Before traveling to Cuba, you should check with a tropical doctor or family doctor about vaccinations against measles and hepatitis A. Vaccination against hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies is also recommended for long-term stays or plans to hike through the tropical forests. Various types of mosquitoes can spread diseases such as dengue fever or chikungunya fever, which is why exposure prophylaxis is recommended. It is also important to ensure that you only drink bottled water.