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Please not, that the assigned star categories of hotels are not comparable to German standards. For this reason, the number of stars assigned by the German organizers is usually lower than the stars of the hotels in Cuba.

Caution on Cuba's streets! The road conditions are rather poor in terms of car safety standards. Unfortunately, the same is true for rental cars. 

It is quite hard for tourists to get used to the often wayward driving style of the locals. Therefore, driving with a cab or bus is usually the safest option.

No further travel to the United States. Not only American cash and credit cards are rejected in Cuba - a direct flight from Cuba to the United States is not possible. If you plan on traveling further afield, this must be done via an intermediate stop flight (eg Canada). This rejection is due to rule out the differences and tensions between the the two countries since the Cold War.

What language is spoken in Cuba?

As a former Spanish colony the official language of Cuba is Spanish. However, the Cubans talk in most cases not a pure Spanish and rather a softer dialect. But do not worry - if you speak Spanish you can communicate well with the Cubans. Many hotel employees speak good English and even German.

How do you pay in Cuba

The official currency in Cuba is the Cuban peso. Therefore, we have to distinguish between the normal peso (CUP) and Convertible peso (CUC). A peso is worth about 0.03 €, a Convertibel peso around 0.75 €. U.S. dollars are not a legal payment method and must be exchanged. In contrast, Euros are accepted in some tourist resorts such as Varadero, Holguin, Cayo Coco and Cayo Largo. Also, most credit cards such as € Card, Master Card and Visa are accepted, however, fees will accrue. U.S. credit cards like American Express are not permitted.

Normally, ATMs are available in bank branches (Banco Financiero Internacional and Banco Metropolitano). 

The opening times of the banks are Mon-Fri 08.30-12.00 and 13.30-15.00 o’ clock, Sat 08.00-10.30.

Is there really winter in Cuba

No, not really. Cuba has a year-round subtropical, warm and humid climate. For this reason, only bathing and light summer clothing, preferably made of cotton, and a light jacket for cool evenings are required in the winter months from November to March and in the mountainous areas.

Most precipitation falls from May to October. The cooler months from November to March have the lowest rainfall.

Do I need a plug adapter

The voltage is 110 V. German plugs won't fit into the existing sockets, so that a flat plug adapter will be required. It is advisable to take an adapter with you as these are difficult to obtain in Cuba.

Is there a Malaria risk in Cuba? In Cuba, there is no malaria- a malaria protection is therefore not necessary. However, a vaccination against hepatitis A and B, typhoid (salmonellosis), diphtheria and tetanus is recommended. The Cuban health care can be described as good, but there may be bottlenecks in the supply of drugs. Therefore it is advisable to take a well-stocked first aid kit to Cuba.

In many cases there is diarrhea, because special hygiene measures were not observed. For this reason, fresh fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly cleaned before consumption and it is best to use the water from the supermarket.