DRESS
Light materials are recommended preferably cotton, for daytime as well as at night. To attend places such as the Tropicana cabaret, for example, something a little more formal is required. A light jersey is appropriate for travelling in the air-conditioned omnibuses and for during the months of our brief winter (December - March).

SHOPPING
Every hotel, village or airport has tax free shops in which you can find articles from prestigious companies, including cigars, rum, juices, conserves, handmade crafts, articles for personal use, books, discs, cassettes, videos, postcards, maps, posters, T-shirts and others. In addition, there are various networks of shops specialized to satisfy whatever need or taste.
If you acquire lasting or valuable goods in any commercial center, you should request the purchase receipt in order to facilitate its exportation. In case you are interested in acquiring flora or fauna specimens (live or dissected/stuffed) you should request from your travel agency the information and assessment necessary to process the operation legally.


ELECTRICITY
110-115V with 60 cycles and 220v is used. The electric sockets are for flat pins

MIGRATORY REGULATIONS
All visitors should have a valid passport or travel document issued in his name and the corresponding visa or tourist card. This could be obtained in Cuban consulates, travelling agencies, airlines and at the Jose Martí International Airport of Havana, on landing in Cuba. There are two types of visas: for individual tourists or for tourists that travel in groups. Businessmen, press reporters for working purposes and Cuban born citizens not resident or whom possess other nationality, should obtain their visa issued by a Cuban consulate.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
Cuban customs permit the traveler to enter into the country all personal effects that he might need for his period of stay.
Additionally he may enter 10kg of medicine tax free, and articles as gifts, whose sum may not exceed the value of 50 USD.
The customs tax is 100% on gifts whose sum, declared by the traveler is superior to 50USD and up to a maximum of 250 USD.
There does not exist a limit on the quantity of money in foreign exchange entering the country.
The visitor is not obligated to declare the amount of money that he enters into the country but if he wished at his departure to extract a figure superior to five thousand USD, he should have registered this sum previously with customs on entering.
Custom law prohibits the entry of pornography, narcotics, drugs, live animals and firearms, although the last mentioned could be authorized, if it refers to a hunting weapon, by the entity that deals with this tourist modality.
Exportation is permitted of works of art, antiques, species of Cuban flora and fauna and other cultural goods protected legally, with the corresponding documentation of the competent institutions.
The maximum value of exportation of other articles is one thousand dollars. Handmade crafts do not require documentation for its exportation.
For the exportation of tobacco (more than 50 cigars) the Habanos S.A invoice should be presented, this would have to be claimed when making the purchase in whatever shop in the country.
For more information you can visit http://ww.aduana.islagrande.cu


CURRENCY
The Cuban peso is equivalent to 100 cents. Bills circulating are 1, 3, 5, 10, 20 and 50 pesos and coins to the value of 1 and 3 pesos. The fractionated coins are 1, 2, 5, 20 and 40 cents.
The importation or exportation of Cuban currency is prohibited.
Convertible peso circulates in bills equivalent to 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 USdollars inside national territory.


FORMS OF PAYMENT
Travelers checks are permitted and the following credit cards, only when not issued by USA banks: MasterCard, Visa International, JCB, Access, Banamex, Bancomer, Carnet and Diners Club International.
In the tourist centers and service installations for international tourism, United States and Canadian dollars; French, Swiss and Belgian franks, pounds sterling, German and Finnish marks, Japanese yen, Mexican peso, Spanish peseta, Italian lire, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian crown, Austrian schilling, Dutch florin, Portuguese escudo and the Euro (only currency for the EEC) are accepted.
Tourists and other visitors can import foreign exchange without any limit and there are coins equivalent to fractionated currency in 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cent(s).
The convertible peso and the coins in change, has free circulation and legal course without limitation inside national territory. That which is not used should be changed when departing the country in banking agencies of ports and international airports in Cuba.
As the prices are set in United States dollars, transactions are facilitated if paying with this


EXTENSIONS AND CHANGES TO THE MODALITY OF TOURISM
In order to extend the stay in Cuba, the tourist should proceed to the Bureau of Tourism at his/her hotel or villa. In this same way if he/she desires to vary the modality by which he traveled to the country, he can request at the bureau of tourism at his hotel the change of services and effect the corresponding payment.

   
 

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