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Advices

  • Wear light, suitable clothing and a hat to keep the sun off your head. Try not to become dehydrated by drinking plenty of fluids during the day, especially water. Heat stroke can be very unpleasant, causing nausea, headaches, fever and upset stomachs so it is important that you take it easy.
  • When traveling away from home it is likely that you will suffer from a stomach upset. This can be caused by a number of things and by no means can always be attributed to food. Causes can be: sun, heat, alcohol, cold drinks, change of diet, stress and change of water. If get a bout of diarrhea, it should only last a day or two. Keep out of the sun, drink plenty of water and eat plain, cooked food. If the symptoms persist, please consult a doctor.
  • Officially the water in Cuba is safe to drink, however, you may find that it tastes slightly chlorinated and prefer bottled water. You can buy water from the bars and restaurants in hotels, or in the Convertible Pesos (CUC) Shops spread around the resort. There are two types sold: natural water (agua) and sparkling water (agua con gas) In tropical climates, insects are much more common than at home. In Cuba, the main nuisance is the mosquito. To avoid bites, it is advisable to use repellents towards dusk and in the evening.

Safety and security

  • Cuba has some of the lowest crime statistics in the Caribbean. However, theft from luggage during baggage handling, both on arrival and departure can happen. We recommend you remove all valuables, lock suitcases and have then shrink-wrapped before check-in.
  • There is small number of bogus tour agents/ taxis operating at the airports and at the hotels. You should not travel with anyone other than your operator. If you need to take a taxi, ensure that it is a registered one (blue license plates), not a private vehicle (yellow license plates)
  • Don’t carry large amount of cash when away from your hotel, avoid wearing ostentatious/ expensive jewelry and leave travellers´cheques, credit cards, passports and other important document in a safety deposit box at your hotel.
  • If needing special gadgets or batteries, you better bring those from home. These items are not easily found in Cuba.

Medical insurance

From May 2010, by law, all travelers entering Cuba must be in possession of travel insurance with medical coverage. The measure is applicable to all foreign visitors and Cuban residents in other countries. The chosen insurance must be one that is recognized by the Cuban authorities.
Travelers that arrive to Cuba without a recognized medical coverage will then have to purchase a local insurance policy in sales points available at all entering ports to the island.So far, there is no official information as to what the cost and coverage of the travel insurance policy you will be able to purchase in Cuba will be.


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