Planning a holiday in Cuba? Before your getaway, make sure you’re up-to-date on their currency! To ensure that Canadians have the best possible experience once they arrive in this gorgeous Caribbean country, we’ve put together four essential tips for travellers.
1.Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) are no longer in circulation
In 2021, Cuba experienced a major change in currency: the CUC, formerly accepted nearly everywhere on the island, is no longer accepted. Now that it has been phased out of circulation, travellers will have to adjust their plans accordingly and use local Cuban Peso (CUP) instead.
2. Bring cash!
Tourists with cash in hand can take full advantage of the many attractions, restaurants, and shops Cuba has to offer. While cashless payments are becoming increasingly more common and can be used at some establishments, it is best to be prepared with cash as some banks don’t allow card use in Cuba.
3. Avoid scams
In countries where Canadians may experience language barriers, it’s important to be careful of scams when you’re travelling. Scams can happen anywhere, and Cuba is no exception. Ensure when you are paying with Cuban Pesos that you’re receiving Cuban Pesos in return. One key way to tell is by the faces on the Cuban Pesos.
4. Spend your CUP before going through security at the airport
Once you pass through security at the airport to fly home, you won’t be able to use Cuban Pesos, only foreign currency, like Canadian dollars, will be accepted for cash payment. Make sure you spend all of your CUP on your vacation, because you won’t be able to use it for food, drinks, or souvenirs at the airport.
Knowing the ins and outs of the local currency while travelling is one of the most important ways to set yourself up for an enjoyable trip. If you have any questions about the currency you’ll need while travelling, or if you would like to buy foreign currency for your upcoming vacation, reach out to our team!