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What currency should I take to Cuba?

The convertible Peso is the only recognised currency in Cuba. This is a closed currency and cannot be taken in or out of Cuba.

It is recommended that travellers take cash or travellers cheques in UK Sterling (Euros accepted) which can be exchanged in Cuba for the convertible Peso.

Customers are advised not to take US Dollars as you'll have to pay a 10% surcharge when you convert them.

Credit Cards, debit cards and travellers cheques that have been issued in the US, or by a bank affiliated to the US in any way, for example, MBNA, Capital One, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Amex, Switch etc. are not accepted.

Guests are advised to check with their bank before travelling.

As of November 2004, no travellers cheques of any currency are acceptable in any hotel reception in Cuba.

There are, however, banks in every resort that are open for limited hours and that will accept travellers cheques.

Our local resort staff will be able to give further information on the location and exact opening times of these banks on arrival into Cuba.

Please also note that should you want to take part in any local excursions, these cannot be paid for by travellers cheques.  

However, credit cards (with the exception of those drawn on American banks) are acceptable as payment for these excursions.

For latest information contact the Cuban Tourist Board / Embassy on 0207 240 6655.