Cuba Travel FAQs

Below are answers that could solve your doubts about Reality Tours, otherwise you can always contact us directly to help you.

Can I travel to Cuba legally?

Effective June 9, 2022 The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has reinstated the “people-to-people” category of legal travel to Cuba for group travel only. Other categories of legal travel to Cuba continue to remain in place. Global Exchange will continue to offer legal travel to the island.

Do I need a visa to travel to Cuba?

Yes, you will need a Cuban visa for your visit in Cuba.  A Cuban visa, compulsory Cuban health insurance and the Cuban departure tax are generally included in the charter company airfare though it may vary from carrier to carrier so you should ask.  If you are travelling with Global Exchange and we arrange the air travel for the group, these items will almost always be included in the package price.

How can I fly to Cuba?

Global Exchange arranges most flights via Miami.  These are commercial flights so prices fluctuate.

How much free time will I have on my Cuba Reality Tour?

You are required by US Regulations to have a full time schedule of activities that are applicable to the area under which you qualify.  Typically this means that you must participate in all the scheduled activities on the itinerary .  Time on your own will generally occur during afternoons and evenings.

Can I stay in Cuba after the tour is over?

If you stay in Cuba you must continue to qualify under one of the 11 categories for legal travel, and you will need to provide a signed affidavit to the flight agency designating that category.

How do I spend money in Cuba?

As of January 1, 2021 the Peso Cubano – CUP (or MN – moneda nacional) is the only official currency in Cuba. It is officially valued at around 25 CUP = 1 USD. Right now we recommend you only bring Euros or Canadian Dollars to Cuba. Once on the ground you must convert them to the Peso Cubano. You will NOT be able to change US Dollars at hotels or official money exchanges in Cuba.

What is a casa particular?

A casa particular is a similar to a bed and breakfast which provides a private room in a Cuban family home.  Breakfast is typically juice, coffee, eggs, fruit and toast.

Will I have access to Internet and phone?

Internet is found more widely across Cuba.  Internet cards are easily found and purchased at most hotels.  One hour is approximately 5 CUCs.  Wifi is best accessed in a hotel lobby, as many wifi parks may be difficult to access a clear signal.
 

Will I need immunizations?

Global Exchange requires that all participants be vaccinated against COVID and provide proof of vaccination to participate in a trip.
Regarding other immunizations, we don’t recommend any others though it is best to consult with the Centers for Disease Control for a professional opinion www.cdc.gov

How far in advance should I book my trip to Cuba with you?

As soon as possible is best.  Trips can fill up quickly at times, though this also allows us to better secure accommodations and flights.

What trips to Cuba do you have available?

Click here to see a list of our upcoming open trips, or contact realitytours@globalexchange.org to create a custom program for groups of 6 or more participants.

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