frequently asked questions
Cuba has a dual currency economy. It has a Cuban convertible peso commonly referred to as (CUC) and the Cuban peso also Know as the moneda nacional or CUP and his only by Cubans.
You will exchange for the CUC, In 2011 the CUC was re-valued to be equal to the U.S. Dollar at a 1:1 ratio. This exchange rate is subject to change at any time and for the most up-to-date information, check with the hastacuba representative.
There is an additional charge when converting USD to CUC of approximately 13%. This fee can vary from place to place and is subtracted from the exchange at the time of conversion.
When exchanging other currencies, such as euros, pounds, or Canadian dollars, expect an exchange fee, but it is less than the fee placed on U.S. dollars.
There are numerous places to exchange currency in Cuba, the airport, tourist hotels, banks and CADECA (official money exchange agency).
The trip leader will show you the best places to exchange currency and will provide time during the trip to do so. Be sure to have proper ID (passport) on hand.
Do not accept offers to exchange currency from anyone who approaches you on the street. It is illegal and a common scam to take advantage of travelers, who are unfamiliar with new currencies especially with the dual currency system used in Cuba.
It is very important to note that due to the U.S. embargo against Cuba ATM, debit, and Credit cards from the U.S. DO NOT work.
Though the majority of activities are included in Hasta Cuba trips you will still want or need spending money. The amount varies greatly by individual, depending on personal preference. If you plan on purchasing artwork, music, cigars, rum, and enjoying additional evening entertainment we recommend bringing a minimum of $100 per day.
Remember it is always easier to exchange money before you leave then run out of cash in Cuba!
Americans are now allowed to bring back up to $400 worth of Cuban goods of any kind, with a maximum of $100 of cigar or alcohol purchases. The $400 limitation does not include artwork, music, or informational materials, which are allowed in unlimited quantities.
No, due to the U.S. embargo credit cards and debit cards that are issued by U.S. banks are not recognized by Cuban banks. It’s necessary to bring a sufficient amount of cash with you to cover the entire duration of time that you'll be in Cuba.
WiFi is relatively new to the island but is now easily accessible at the major hotels in Havana. In order to use WIFI you will need to have a WIFI card which the trip leader will be able to provide. Please understand that the connection speed in Cuba may be slower than what you're accustomed to in the US and that internet is not widely available when traveling to the outer provinces.
In the past it was common practice for Cuban immigration not to stamp U.S. passports when entering Cuba, However, with the new Cuban policy allowing U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba under an authorized tour, U.S. travelers will receive the normal Cuban immigration stamp in their passport. VIsitors traveling with Hasta Cuba are traveling to cuba legally and should have no concerns about having their passport stamped.
For up-to-date information regarding the U.S. Embargo Against Cuba and the travel restrictions, please visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury's website at: