Travel for the first time into another country make us feel, almost always, a little bit anxious and insecure. Liberty Cuba guarantees you that your holiday is perfectly arrange with us. However, being well informed before you leave takes the worry out of travelling. In order to make you feel more comfortable we have compiled the specific useful information you must know about Cuba before you travel.

Traveling to Cuba

Immigration Regulations

- Passport
An indispensable document. Visitors entering Cuba must show a passport valid for up to 6 months following the date of entry in Cuba, issued to his/her name.

Visitors with more than one passport must depart from Cuba with the same one with which they arrived. If the passport expired during the stay it may extended it at visitors embassy in Cuba.  We advise to keep a copy of the old passport, lest it might be demanded.

The passport will be useful only when requesting services, doing bank transactions, changing money or large denomination bills of 50 or 100. In any other occasion visitor can carry a photocopy.

- Tourist card
Another necessary document. It is in fact a tourist visa (these visas have the A1 migratory category). Tourist cards, both individual and for groups, can be requested at the Cuban consulate, travel agencies and airline offices. The tourist card (visa) authorizes a stay of 30 days, renewable for a further 30 days, for leisure or recreational purposes.

In order to stay outside hotels or in other non-authorized accommodations, visitors must request authorization from Cuban immigration's authorities.

At the departure, it is imperative that visitors present the tourist card together with their passport and the airplane ticket

- Travel insurance policy with medical coverage
Visitors are also required it (in force as of May 1, 2010). In order to comply with this requirement, visitors must have travel insurance covering medical expenses or a medical insurance policy with coverage in Cuba. This insurance policy should be purchased at the point of origin.

Travelers who, exceptionally, do not have medical insurance at the moment of their arrival in the country can purchase an insurance policy with medical assistance coverage subscribed by a Cuban insurance company in the airport, port or marina.

Travel insurance issued by Cuban insurance companies and by the majority of international insurance companies covers medical assistance services while traveling in Cuba, rendered by Asistur SA., with services 24 hours a day, 365 days

- Customs Regulations
Tourists are beneficiaries of the International Convention regarding Custom Facilities for Touring adopted in June, 1954, for the purpose of providing greater enjoyment during your visit to the country. 

Travelers may temporarily import photographic and videotape cameras, laptops, diving gear, golf equipment, among others, as well as the personal effects they may reasonably require for use during the trip. 

Existing regulations limit import duties to 250 dollars or the equivalent in convertible Cuban pesos (CUC). When importing articles valued up to 250 pesos, travelers shall pay a 100% fee.  The first 50 pesos are duty free, as a result of which the traveler shall pay a maximum of 200 pesos or its equivalent in CUC.  

Freely convertible currency (in cash) can be imported in any amount. Travelers who expect to export more than $5000.00 USD or its equivalent in cash, must indicate it on the Customs Form upon arrival to the country. Travelers must keep this Customs Form and present it at the moment of his/her departure.

Travelers must obtain a license in order to import telemetry equipment such as GPS, remote controls, pagers and portable or personal radio transceivers (walkie-talkie).

Travelers leaving the country with more than 50 units of hand-rolled cigars must present an official sales receipt. The cigars must be packed in their original container and sealed with the official hologram otherwise they will be confiscated

- Restrictions on the Import and Export

  • Drugs, narcotics and psychotropic substances, except those of personal use, must be accompanied by the relevant medical prescription.
  • Explosives
  • Blood derivatives
  • Pornographic or obscene books, magazines, articles and objects.

- Export Restrictions

  • Works of art must be accompanied by an export permit.
  • Rare books or manuscripts (published between 1440 and 1500).
  • Books, booklets, Cuban or foreign serial publications printed during the 16th through 18th centuries.
  • Cuban books publish by Ediciones "R"
  • Endangered wildlife and flora species (CITES Convention)


There are other regulations and special requirements for the import and export of firearms, biological products, home appliances, medications, among others, in which case travelers should consult the Customs Office website (www.aduana.islagrande.cu),  Customs Offices across the country  or by calling (53-7) 881-9732

International Flights

Cuba is connected directly by air with 33 countries in North and South America, Europe and Asia. More than 50 cities around the world are connected directly with the country’s leading tourist destinations since there are now direct flights to Havana, Cayo Coco, Santiago de Cuba, Varadero, Holguín, Cienfuegos, Camaguey, Santa Clara, Cayo Largo del Sur and Manzanillo.

Travel agencies and airline companies sell tickets to Havana and other destinations in the country from practically any city in Europe or Latin America, thus facilitating access to the island significantly. 

Approximately 51 international airlines fly to Cuba on regular basis and with steady Air schedule, among them are:  Air Europa, Air France, Iberia, Copa air line, AOM French Airlines, ALK-KLM Matinair-Holland, Mexicana air line, Air Jamaica, LACSA, Lanchile, ALITALIA and many others.

Cubana de Aviación is the official national carrier and covers most of the air routes to and from Europe and Canada.

Airports

In Cuba there are 12 national and 9 international airports, in addition to approximately 180 airstrips of which 145 are paved. This infrastructure enables air links between the major cities and tourist destinations, including the country’s capital (Havana), with maximum flight time of less than 3 hrs. International airports are also used for domestic flights and provided with money exchange offices, car rental, aa.vvv as well as airport, aeronautical and other specialized services to domestic and regular foreign airlines, chartered flights, public or private.

Leading air terminal in the country:  José Marti International Airport (property of the Cuban company Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronáuticos (ECASA)) Tel: 53-7.642-0100 / 275-1200. It has 4 terminals:

Terminal 1: Domestic flights and tourist chartered flights operated by Ll.AA Cubana de Aviación, Aerocaribe and Aerogaviota. It also operates domestic cargo. Tel. 53-7-649.55.76

Terminal 2 - José Marti: Operates flights from the United States and chartered flights by other airlines. Tel. 53-7.642-0100 / 275-1200. ext. 2596
Terminal 3- José Marti: This is the main terminal. It operates international flights by various airlines, both regular and chartered. Tel: 53-7.649.5786/ 683.2559/ 642.0304/ 06/ 266.41.33/ 642.0340.   

Terminal 5 - José Marti: operates international flights part of the ALBA project. Tel. 53-7.649.73.41

Domestic Flights

Cuba's airlines (for transporting passengers and cargo):

Cubana de Aviación: The largest and oldest, covers almost all destinations in the country with regular flights, the rest are charter companies although some have regular routes.

Aerocaribbean, Aereotaxi and Aereogaviota: These are charter companies although some have regular routes.

For domestic flights visitors must buy their tickets in CUC (Cuba Convertible Peso) at the airport or through the Tourism Desk or travel agencies