FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Do Canadians need a passport to go
Yes. Make sure the passport is valid for at
least one month after your return to Canada.
2. Do Canadians need a visa?
No. However, Canadians are required to have a
Tourist Card in order to enter Cuba.
3. What is the currency in Cuba?
Cuban Convertible Pesos(CUCs) is the currency
in Cuba. It is the roughly equivalent in value to the US Dollar.
4. Where do we get these
There are many tellers at the Havana airport.
You can also exchange your money in hotels and at some banks.
5. What currencies should we bring to
Cuba to exchange into CUCs?
Canadian dollars and European euros are
easily exchanged. There is an 8% service charge to exchange these
currencies. Canadian credit cards are accepted but with an 11%
service charge. There is an 18% service charge to change American
dollars. Any credit card used in Cuba must not be related to a US
All of these service charges are subject to
6. Is there a departure tax to exit
Yes, you pay a departure tax at the airport
after checking in your luggage. You must pay 25 CUCs.
7. Do I need to speak Spanish?
No. Cubans in the tourist industry are
multi-lingual. However, it is always helpful to know a few words in
8. Are taxis readily available?
Yes, they are efficient, metered and
9. What modes of transportation are
there for tourists?
There are taxis,
bicicocos (a Cuban invention
of an open air coconut on wheels),
horse drawn carts, rickshaws plus cars and
RVs may be rented. Make sure you inquire about insurance.
10. What is a good source of
information regarding travel to Cuba?
For general information regarding
conditions/weather etc. in Cuba, please go to the website for the
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.