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Useful addresses

United Kingdom

Cuban Tourist Board – 154 Shaftesbury Avenue (first floor), London WC2H 8JT – tel 0207 240 6655 – http://www.cubatravel.cu/ (Spanish language only)

Embassy of Cuba – 167 High Holborn, London WC1V 6PA – tel 0207 240 2488 – http://www.cubaldn.com/

Republic of Ireland

Cuban Tourist Board – Cuba does not operate a tourist office in Ireland, but travellers can consult its website: – http://www.cubatravel.cu/ (Spanish language only)

Embassy of Cuba – 2 Adelaide Court, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 – t 0147 50 899 – carrillo@eircom.net

When to go

Summer is more suited to seaside holidays and winter to sightseeing. However months like February, March and April make it possible to combine both. Whatever your choice, it is advisable to avoid the peak tourist season (December-January and July-August).

Book your flight and accommodation well ahead of time if planning to attend the Santiago de Cuba carnival, sometime around 25 July.

Time difference

The time difference between the United Kingdom/Ireland and Cuba is GMT -5 hours in winter (GMT -4 hours in summer). When it is midday in London, it is 7 or 8pm in Havana.


EU nationals must hold a passport valid at least 6 months after the departure date from Cuba.

Tourist cards ( tarjeta del turista ) are issued by a Cuban embassy, airline or travel agency on presentation of your passport and return ticket; this card is valid for 30 days and can be extended once in the country.

One night in a hotel must be booked prior to entering the country; proof of which can be requested.


No vaccinations are compulsory for Cuba.

Recommended vaccinations: DT Polio and hepatitis A.

The following may be worthwhile packing: mosquito repellent, antiseptic cream, a wide spectrum antibiotic and anti-diarrhoea treatment.


www.azureva.com/cuba – Useful practical, tourist and cultural information.

www.cubatravel.cu – The Cuban tourist ministry’s official website (general and practical information). Spanish language only.

www.cubarte.cult.cu – Extremely well-informed cultural website (Spanish language only).

www.cubaweb.cu– A Cuban portal devoted to a tourist directory.

www.caribbeantravel.com - Official website of the Caribbean (multilingual).

www.gocuba.ca - Official Cuban tourist website; actually designed for Canadian travellers, but it is in English.

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