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Is Cuba a safe country to travel in?
Cuba is a relatively safe destination, even for people traveling alone. There have been reports by single female travelers of being hassled by men, but that can happen in lots of places. The best strategy is to ignore the attention and try to travel to remote areas with other travelers. Petty street crime also occurs and valuables left unattended on beaches are subject to theft. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry that could encourage thieves. It is recommended that travellers travel by taxi after dark. If not, its best to travel in groups and avoid the back streets.

Is the water safe to drink?
Most hotels claim to provide drinking water, but for those with a sensitive stomach, it is recommended that water is boiled for at least 5 minutes before drinking. An alternative is tablets that can purify the water for you. These are available in most pharmacies and could prevent a few days in bed with an unwanted stomach ‘bug’.

Do I need a visa and how long can I stay for?
Cuba welcomes tourists from most countries. In general, travellers need a passport that is valid for a minimum of three months. A 30 day tourist visa is required and costs about $25US for most people. Citizens from the US are only allowed to travel to Cuba if they have family members there or gain an exception due to business needs.
As always visa requirements change and it is recommended that you visit or contact your consulate to find out the latest information and visa requirements.

Will my electrical appliances work?
The majority of outlets in Cuba are 110/120V AC (60 Hz) with flat plugs. In the large towns and cities there are many shops that sell adaptors.

Do I need to be immunized against any diseases?
Travelers to the Caribbean are at risk of typhoid fever, especially when traveling to smaller cities, villages, or rural areas. It is recommended that travelers only drink bottled or boiled water. Eating food that has been prepared with boiled water lowers the risk of infection. It is also recommended that travelers get vaccinated against Hepatitis A.
Schistosomiasis is known to exist in Antigua. Schistosomiasis is an infection that develops after the larvae of a flatworm has penetrated the skin. These larvae can penetrate unbroken skin. Water treated with chlorine or iodine is virtually safe, and salt water poses no risk. Avoid swimming in dams or waterways that contain stagnant water. Cuba has been declared Malaria free for 50 years.
As always, it is recommended that you contact a medical profesional prior to your arrival to assess the risk and appropriate medication.

How expensive is Cuba?
$1US is equivalent to approximately 26 Cuban Pesos. An average hotel costs about $30 – 100 Cuban Pesos, a bottle of beer costs CUC $1 (Cuban Peso), and an average meal costs CUC $5-10.

Will I be able to access the internet?
Internet access is available at internet cafes in major towns and cities and costs about $1 US per hour.

What time zone is Colombia located in?
Cuba is on Eastern Standard Time, 5 hours behind Greenwich mean time (GMT).
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