Below you’ll find the answers to most frequently asked questions by Cuban travelers.
WHAT ARE MY FLIGHT OPTIONS TO CUBA?
CAN I EXTEND MY TRIP TO CUBA BEYOND THE SCHEDULED TOUR DATES?
You may arrive in Cuba prior to our tour or stay for additional time after our tour concludes. However, if you are a U.S. citizen, any additional travel must meet the requirements of one of the approved travel categories for U.S. travelers. In the case of our tour, that category is “People to People Travel”. If you are not traveling under an approved category, you will be traveling illegally. For non-U.S. nationals who are flying to/from Cuba from anywhere other than the U.S., you may extend your stay as dictated by Cuba visa/travel laws as well as those of your home country. We do advise being educated on any restrictions that may be in place, as we are not apprised of all requirements for non-U.S. citizens.
WHAT IS THE LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE? ARE THERE WEIGHT LIMITS?
It is always best to check with the airline(s) that you will be traveling with for specific luggage allowance policies. Most airlines charge for checked bags, and we recommend avoiding checked bags whenever possible.
All travelers to Cuba must have health insurance as required by law in Cuba, and the company providing your insurance plan must have the ability to make payments from a non-U.S. banking institution. If you are a Canadian or UK traveler, buying additional coverage may not apply to you. The mandatory level of insurance required to travel to Cuba may be included in the cost of your commercial flight to and from Cuba. Guests may purchase supplemental coverage at their discretion and we highly recommend it, as the mandatory level of coverage included with your ticket is quite low, both for medical coverage in case of illness/injury while on your trip, as well as for emergency evacuation or repatriation. We recommend World Travel Nomads for this supplemental coverage. The cost of this additional coverage will vary based on coverage amount, age of traveler, and length of travel.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN CUBA?
Cuba’s food has not generally been known as its strongest attraction in recent decades, as trade embargoes and the general economic situation has limited access to ingredients. However, things are rapidly improving as the political situation changes and restrictions ease, and foodies often love Cuba for the overall culinary experience, spices, and variety of dishes served. Traditional Cuban cuisine is a unique and interesting blend of African, Caribbean, Spanish, and Native American food. We have carefully selected unique and authentic restaurants that will give you a taste of this varied and authentic cuisine. However, you may encounter very simple meals along the way as well. Rice, beans, and local fruits are likely to be common items on your plate. But even these simple dishes can be a memorable experience when prepared by a traditional Cuban chef or owner of a casa particular.
WHAT ELECTRIC OUTLETS ARE USED IN CUBA? WILL I NEED AN ADAPTER OR CONVERTER?
The electrical current in Cuba is 110V with a current of 220v (same as the U.S. and Canada). Therefore, you should not need a converter. However, while most outlets are of the same type as those in the U.S. and Canada, there are a variety of outlet types in certain parts of Cuba (common types of plugs shown below), so to be safe we recommend bringing a plug adapter