Starting the 1st of January, every tourist coming into Cuba, will need to show a NEGATIVE PCR test, not older than 72 hours upon arrival.
In Cuba there will still be taken a PCR test upon arrival, so clients will be tested again, to make sure that they are not contaminated with COVID-19.
Please inform any client that wishes to go to Cuba, that they need to test and bring a certificate, until further notice.
The rest of the measurements mentioned in our previous email(s), will still apply.
Monetary system Cuba.
As you know, Cuba has two monetary systems in place. One for tourists (CUC) and one for locals (CUP).
The CUC was linked to the USD, 1 CUC = 1 USD, and the CUP was linked to the CUC, 1 CUC = 24 CUP.
Locals would pay with CUPs and CUCs, while tourists would pay in CUCs.
Cuba has had long term plans to change this back into one system, and that will happen as of the 1st of January.
CUCs will not be accepted anymore, and tourists can not get them anymore. There will be just one currency and that will be the CUP. (Cuban Peso).
The CUP will now be linked to the USD, 1 USD = 24 CUP.
There will not be any other changes for tourists, the only thing that will happen, is that prices will appear to be high, since a product of 10 CUC will now be 240 CUP, which in the end is the same but it appears to be more expensive due to the exchange rate.
One of the measures for COVID-19 was also to avoid cash money where possible, and with this in mind, at the gas stations you also cannot pay with CASH anymore. Only with credit card or prepaid gas cards.
The prepaid gas cards can be bought throughout Cuba, but are mainly meant for the locals. Tourists are expected to pay with credit cards. VISA and MASTERCARD should both work, if not linked to a US bank.
For locals a lot more will change the coming year. The basic salary will be about doubled, which would give the Cubans more spending money, however, they gouvernment will also increase prices of ; food, gas, electricity and transport.
So the extra income will most likely be used directly to pay for the added cost of living. But this does mean that if food and electricity are going to be substantially more expensive, prices may go up. Prices of for example casa particulares, prices of restaurant meals.
We will keep a close look on the situation, and will inform accordingly.