Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Cuba due to crime.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizen travelers should have at least 6 months of validity remaining on their passports after the date of entry even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 2 blank pages in their passport for any entry stamp and or visa that will be required. Tourists travel to Cuba remains prohibited. Those contemplating travel to Cuba should also consult the US State Department's consular information page about the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

[53] (7) 839-4100; US Embassy Havana, Calzada between L and M Streets, Vedado, Havana, Cuba;;

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone



The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Cuba: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, COVID-19, and influenza.


Tropical; moderated by trade winds; dry season (November to April); rainy season (May to October)

Currency (Code)

Cuban pesos (CUP)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

110 V, 220 V / 60 Hz / plug types(s): A, B, C, L

Plug Type APlug Type BPlug Type CPlug Type L

Major Languages


Major Religions

Christian, folk religion, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim

Time Difference

UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC, during Standard Time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins second Sunday in March, ends first Sunday November; note: Cuba has been known to alter the schedule of DST on short notice in an attempt to conserve electricity

Potable Water


International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Old Havana; Varadero; Trinidad; Guardalavaca; Cayo Largo del Sur; Cayo Coco; Parque Nacional Viñales

Major Sports

Baseball, soccer, basketball

Cultural Practices

Cubans will point by puckering their lips in the direction of or at the person to whom they are referring.

Tipping Guidelines

In spas, restaurants, and barber shops, a 10% tip is appropriate.


Cigars, rum, coffee, sugar, local art and handicrafts

Traditional Cuisine

Ropa Vieja — shredded flank steak cooked in tomato sauce and served with rice and/or beans and sweet plantain fritters

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Monday, January 08, 2024