How can you pay in Cuba?
The national currency in Cuba is the Cuban Peso (CUP). One Cuban Peso is equivalent to 100 cents. There are bills of 1, 3, 5, 10, 10, 20, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos, as well as fractional coins of 1, 3 and 5 pesos and 5 and 20 cents.
You can purchase prepaid cards in the network of CADECA offices, airports, hotels and ports.
It is acquired in the currencies listed by CADECA: Canadian dollar, pound sterling, Swiss franc, Japanese yen, Mexican peso, euro and USD for values of 50,100, 200, 500 and 1000.
Valid for the payment of goods and services in the commercial network such as hotel reservations, excursions, purchases in stores, purchase of airline tickets, car rental, restaurant and cafeteria services, among others.
At the request of the client, the balance of the card is reimbursed by the Exchange Houses (CADECA) to the tourist in freely convertible currency, upon leaving the country, at international airports, in any of the foreign currencies accepted by the country.
Where to exchange money?
The exchange of freely convertible currencies (foreign currency) for Cuban peso (CUP), is carried out at airports, banks, hotels, exchange houses (CADECA) and shopping malls; always respecting the current exchange rate of the different currencies according to the fluctuation in the world market.
There is also a large infrastructure of banking services throughout the national territory that includes the network of Banks and Automatic Teller Machines (ATM), as well as the Exchange Houses (CADECA), which have a wide network of commercial offices, duly located in:
All international airports in Cuba, both in the passenger arrival halls, as well as in the departure halls, prior to immigration control.
- All ports where international cruise ships operate.
- In 60 of the main hotels in all tourist areas.
- In the areas of greatest affluence or access of tourists.
At the exit of the country, in the CADECAS of the international airports you can make the reimbursement of the balance of the MLC Prepaid Card in freely convertible currency in one of the foreign currencies of those that are quoted in Cuba.
To know the location of the Banks, CADECAS, ATMs with contact information, you can select one of the destinations shown below.
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What currency to bring to Cuba?
To travel to Cuba, the traveler or tourist may enter in cash any foreign currency accepted by the Central Bank of Cuba to be exchanged for Cuban peso (CUP), which are only accepted through transfers.
The Cuban Peso is neither valid nor exchangeable outside Cuban territory, so upon your departure you must exchange it to the currency you deem convenient.
Magnetic cards that can be used
Debit or credit cards accepted in Cuba are: Visa, Mastercard, Union Pay, Ocean Card, CABAL, American International Service (AIS) and MIR. However, travelers interested in traveling to Cuba are advised to check with the bank where they have their bank account to see if they will be able to use their card in the national territory.
No card issued by U.S. institutions works in Cuba, so it is recommended that you verify beforehand that your card is not associated with a U.S. banking institution and secondly, and of great importance, that you always have a cash backup to avoid setbacks.