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Useful facts for your holiday to Cuba
Flight and Transfers
Virgin Atlantic operates a direct service from Gatwick to Jose Marti Havana Airport, with a flight time of approximately 10 hours. Thomson Airways offers charter flights from both Gatwick and Manchester to Varadero Airport. We can also arrange internal flights from many regional airports in the UK.
If you’ve booked your transfer arrangements with us you’ll be met at the airport by a Tropical Sky representative who will guide you to your transfer vehicle.
British passport holders require a visa to enter Cuba, which must be obtained prior to your departure from the UK. Tropical Sky can arrange this for you or you can do it yourself through the Cuban embassy. You’ll also need at least six months valid on your passport and an onward or return ticket. All travellers should check full entry requirements prior to travel by visiting the FCO website or by contacting the relevant embassy in London. You’ll also need at least six months valid on your passport and an onward or return ticket. All children and infants must also have their own passports for entry into Cuba. Please check up to date visa requirements with the Foreign Office.
Please note that all passengers departing Cuba will be subject to a departure tax of 25CUC. This will be payable locally at time of departure.
The official language is Spanish. In the main tourist areas most people will be able to speak English to a reasonable level. A basic understanding of Spanish would be helpful if you have aspirations to visit less tourist-friendly areas.
If you’re staying at a resort or hotel there probably won’t be much need for you to travel around. Taxis are always available to take you on any trips you might need, and often these are 1950s American classic cars making your ride feel quite special. You can hire a car but some of the roads are a little treacherous. If you need to travel long distance, the bus can be a very good option.
The Cuban Convertible Peso is the primary currency, although there is a second currency called the Cuban Peso that you probably won’t have much cause to use (it’s generally used in more rural and agricultural settings). Pound sterling and Traveller’s Cheques can be exchanged at the hotels. The US Dollar is not accepted.
110V, 60 Hz, flat two pronged plugs in use
Vaccination and Health
Health requirements regularly change so please consult with your GP or specialist travel clinic well in advance of your holiday for specific information related to your travel and medical history. Additional information can be found by visiting NaTHNaC or MASTA Travel health.
If you’re away from the resort, take care only to drink bottled water. But drink plenty of it, especially if you’re not used to the Caribbean heat.
GMT -4 hours (-5 hours in summer)