Cuba has no insurance agreement with other countries, therefore it asks all incoming tourists to have a private accident insurance and a health insurance prior to arrival, for the duration of their stay.
KNOWLEDGE ON CUBA
We own an ever-growing collection of knowledge and background about Cuba that we can impart to our tourists and travelers. What works in Cuba and how – and why it works that way. Cuba is a special country with a special culture and a totally different mentality. And this mentality must be understood – at least in certain areas – if you want to understand Cuba at all. We will try to explain how certain things in Cuba are working, why they work this way and how Europeans, North Americans and Asians should understand why things work how they work.
In Cuba there are two official currency units, the convertible Peso CUC and the national Peso CUP. For tourists, the Peso CUC is interesting, since almost all services that you are using as a tourist will be paid in this currency.
It is important that you gain a sense for both currencies, since it is not always clear whether the CUC or the CUP are being used, and the price is only given with a $ symbol. Rule of thumb is: in private restaurants, a Mojito or a Cuban beer will cost about 2-3 CUC, a pizza at the street vendor about 15 CUP (therefore approx. 0.60 CUC).
Those who respect the rules of good behavior will have no problems with the police in Cuba. Otherwise, those who might consume too much rum and will behave in a visibly unpleasant way, may „earn” themselves a night in jail.
You will quickly find that, particularly in the touristic sites in Havana, a lot of people want to sell you a lot of things. But even if the well-intended person may recommend the best restaurant, the cheapest taxi, the best cigars – do not fall for it!
In Cuba, clocks are ticking to a different, more slowly and leisurely beat. So, it’s no surprise that a lot of things in Cuba seem so different and quite confusing for tourists who meet them for the first time. One widespread phenomenon in Cuba is the waiting queue – the famous „cola“.
Countries like Canada and Great Britan have diplomatic representations in Cuba, all this countries have their embassies in Havana, the capital of Cuba.
Non-Cuban citizens can be represented in court only by »internationally approved« lawyers. There are a few lawyers and institutions that facilitate such service.
Starting in December 2019 there is a new offer available on the Havanna International Airport José Marti. At terminal 3 you can buy a SIM card for your mobile phone specially for tourists before crossing the passport control.