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Country code/city code:
When calling from outside Cuba, dial (53) 7

Havana city code:
For calls from other parts of Cuba, dial (07)

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Cuba Travel Regulations

The US Department of Treasury has tightened regulations restricting travel to Cuba. There is no longer a general exemption that allows the importation of up to $100 in Cuban goods such as cigars, and there are new restrictions on family visits and remittances. For further information, download this pdf file: Amendments to Cuban Assets Control Regulations: 31 CFR part 515 (effective June 30, 2004) or go to Office of Foreign Assets Control's website.

Travel Advisories

U.S. Laws on Visiting Cuba
Overview by U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council.

State Dept.
New U.S. procedures for fully hosted travelers.

Consular Information Sheet
Official travel information (August 13, 2001).

U.S. Treasury Dept. Regulations
Overview of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations in PDF format.

Background Notes on Cuba
U.S. Department of State, April 1998.

Health Advisories

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a hepatitis A shot and up-to-date tetanus and measles boosters.

Those concerned about gastrointestinal distress should drink bottled water and eat only foods that have been cooked, boiled or peeled.

Dengue fever, spread by a day-biting mosquito, has occasional outbreaks in some parts of the island, generally in the Orient. Ask locals if an outbreak is occurring, and if so, apply insect repellent on both exposed skin and under clothes each morning.

Travel Agencies

Paseo 646, entre 19 y 17, T 33-3544/1220, F 33-3515.
Helps independent travelers with hotel bookings in all major cities at reduced rates and assist with tours, restaurants, theater and nightclubs.

36-A 316, Miramar. Tel: 24-0865.

Gaviota Tours
16 No. 508, Miramar. Tel: 29-4258.

5ta. Ave. No. 8409 e/84 y 86, Miramar. Tels: 33-2433, 33-1399; Fax: 33-1760.

Palacio del Turismo, Obispo No. 252 esq. a Cuba, La Habana Vieja. Tels: 63-6095, 63-0776; Fax: 33-8164.

Jose Marti Airport. Tel: 45-3542.

Plaza de la Revolución. Calle P esq. 23, Vedado. Tels: 70-7631, 70-5284.

Playa. Calle 3a esq. 28, Miramar. Tels: 23-3376, 23-2608, 33-1793.

National Travel Bureau
Calle 30 No.302 esq. 3ra. Miramar - Playa

Ciudad de La Habana
Cuba 11300 Tel: 24-1798; Fax: 24-1799.

21 y N. Hotel Capri, Vedado. Tel: 66-2135

Ave. de las Terrazas y 10 Sta. M. del Mar. Tels: 97-1261, 97-1274, 97-1298.

23 y P, Vedado. Tels: 33-4634, 70-8264.

Viñales Tours
La Habana, Calle 3ra. B No. 9207, Entre 92 y 94, Miramar. Tel: 33-1051, 33-1055. Fax: 33-1054.

Cuba Tours
Agent for charter flights. Southland Shopping Centre, East Street, Suite #3, P.O. Box N1629, Nassau Bahamas. Tels: +242 325.0042 (24 hours); +242 325.3337; Fax: +242 325.3339.

Note: The U.S. Customs Service in the Bahamas is particularly nasty and aggressive about confiscating Cuban cigars and other contraband.

A. Nash Travel
5370 Timberlea Boulevard, Mississaugua, Ontario, L4W 2S6. Tels: 905.238.0914 ext. 221 or 1.800.818.2004 ext. 221; Fax: 905.238.0955 or 1.800.818.2005. Books flights on Canadian charter airline Air Transat.

Salsa & Afro-Cuban dance & music workshop organized by LatinGate, an organization in Israel that specializes in Latin music and dance.

Caribbean Tropical Tours
Tel: +52 (98) 80-8160 Fax: +52 (98) 80-8160 Email:

Viñales Tours
México City office, Oaxaca No. 80, Col. Roma, México, DF 06700, Tel: (52-5) 208-9900; Fax: (52-5) 208-3704; Viñales Tours Guadalajara Ave., López Mateos Norte 1038-9, Plaza Florencia, Guadalajara, Jal 44680, Tel: (52-3) 817-2860, 817-2055: Fax: (52-3) 817-2983.

Carribean Music and Dance
5 Olive Street Rd., Suite 241, Saint Louis, MO 63141. Tel: (314) 542-3637; Fax: (314) 469-2916; Toll-free: (887) 665-4321. Email:
Specializes in licensed arts and dance tours, in which particpants learn to play the congas or master the rhythms of Afro-Cuban choreography. CMD also has an annual Passover trip to break matzos with members of the Havana Jewish community.

Global Exchange
Tel: (800) 497-1994 or (415) 255-7296. Fax: (415) 255-7498. Email:
Has been organizing educational trips to Cuba for over five years, most of which call attention to Cuban accomplishments in such areas as health care, organic farming, alternative transportation.

Fact Sheet: Cuba Travel Violations

Maintaining pressure on the Cuban Government through our economic embargo and Libertad sanctions is a key component of U.S. efforts to encourage democratic change in Cuba. This is why the U.S. restricts financial transactions with Cuba, including the spending of money by travelers to the island. Travelers to Cuba who are subject to U.S. jurisdiction must be licensed by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Travel-related financial expenditures are limited to the type of travel that helps promote the U.S. goals including strengthening Cuban civil society and increasing people-to-people contacts.

Travelers to Cuba who do not spend any money while there do not require a license from OFAC. New OFAC regulations now create a rebuttable presumption that persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction who have traveled to Cuba without a general or specific license have engaged in prohibited transactions, unless they provide a signed statement with supporting documents to the contrary.

Some travelers to Cuba claim upon their return to the U.S. not to have spent any money during their stay because they were "fully hosted," i.e. a non-U.S. sponsor such as the Cuban Government paid for all their expenses.

It would be difficult to spend time in Cuba and not spend money on either accommodations, meals and incidentals, transportation, or docking fees or other charges by the Cuban Government.

A new OFAC regulation creates a rebuttable presumption that travelers subject to U.S. jurisdiction who traveled to Cuba without a general or specific license have engaged in prohibited transactions.

Travelers may rebut the presumption by presenting a signed explanatory statement, with supporting documents, showing they were able to travel without spending money in Cuba.

Appropriate enforcement action will be taken in those cases where the traveler is unable to provide sufficient evidence that all expenses were paid for while in Cuba.

Further information is available from OFAC by contacting (202) 622-2480 or, in Miami, (305) 530-7177.