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REQUIREMENTS FOR TOURISTS
Entry Health Protocol - updated June 6, 2022
Vaccines required for entry? No, unless PCR test
Pre-flight COVID-19 test required? Yes, if unvaccinated*

Vaccinated travellers can enter with vax certificate
without the need for a pre-arrival COVID-19 test.
*performed within 72 hours of leaving their country of origin.


June 6 2022 - Mandatory mask wearing outside and inside has been eliminated
except for those with symptoms or in health facilities and food preparation places.

Travel health insurance is also mandatory for all visitors,
although this can be purchased at the airport upon arrival.


Travellers to Cuba must also complete an online health declaration form prior to entry,
similar to the mandatory ArriveCan app for travellers entering Canada.


However, this form has not been updated as seen below.
It still shows "complete vaccination schedule" which is NOT mandatory.


dviajeros form excerpt NOT UPDATED showing WRONG INFORMATION

Exit Health Protocol
Unvaccinated travellers must take an antigen test 24 hours before leaving Cuba.
Antigen tests are available at hotels and cost around C$30.


Details on this Ministry of Tourism page : Mintur/Protocolos Vax World Tracker NYT

Havana Airport Arrivals here. Varadero Airport Arrivals here.

CURRENCY : The local currency is the Cuban Peso (CUP).
The convertible peso has been discontinued and is no longer accepted in Cuba.
It is replaced by the MLC debit card usable only on the island.
Moneda Libremente Convertible, or Freely Convertible Money,
It is treated as if it's a currency in itself.
Bank cards are used for transactions in MLC.

US dollars are NOT officially accepted anywhere in Cuba,
while Canadian dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Japanese Yens currency are all accepted.


From Lonely Planet, April 2022 : "The Euro is the most interchangeable currency and the one preferred by Cubans. You can also use and exchange Canadian dollars and pounds sterling, but avoid US dollars."
"
As of spring 2022, the official euro-to-peso exchange rate was 1:27, but on the black market, the rate was closer to 1:60 – a huge difference. State-run enterprises and banks use official exchange rates, but the superior services offered by private businesses generally reflect the more favorable black market exchange rates." Source

Casa owners accept most foreign currencies in cash (never plastic), favoring Euros and CAD$ dollars.

At tourist areas which include hotels, restaurants and shopping malls,
payment is only accepted with debit MLC cards or credit cards issued by non-US banks.

Customers (Americans mostly) who do not have a credit card
can buy a prepaid "MLC" debit card ($200, $500, $1000) at the airport
or at any money exchange kiosks at hotels. Payments outside the tourist areas are all in Cuban pesos (CUP);

We recommend exchanging Canadian dollars (EUR, GBP, YEN, etc) for cash pesos as needed and only if you plan to travel OUTSIDE of tourist areas. FYI : you will not be able to change the remaining CUP into your regular currency at the end of the holiday.

Exchange EUR
GBPUSDCUP here :: Currency & Money in 2022 here

Lonely Planet - Rules for Americans 22 May 2022
Lonely Planet's Rules for Americans visiting Cuba - Updated 20 May 2022

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