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Currently, the EURO is the predominant currency in Cuba. However, we suggest you bring cash in both EUROS and US Dollars. U.S. travelers will need to bring sufficient cash for the entire trip. Take into consideration all the extras for which you’ll need cash, such as non-included meals, taxies, souvenirs, and guide and driver tips. Evening shows range in price. More extravagant venues can cost up to $150 with dinner included. Please make sure you bring enough CASH with you for the entire trip. We recommend bringing at least 200 EUROS for local tips and 800 USD per person. You may need even more if you plan to buy original art. Bring cash (EUROS and USD) in smaller denominations so that you can limit the amount of Cuban currency you will receive as change from your purchases.
Despite President Obama's announcement to normalize diplomatic relations and ease certain trade restrictions with Cuba, there is currently no way to wire money to Cuba except for in extreme emergencies. It is important for each guest to bring sufficient cash throughout their stay in Cuba.
Due to the U.S. embargo against Cuba, there are currently no financial or banking relationships between the US and Cuba which is why US citizens are unable to withdraw funds from ATM’s, use credit cards, or wire money.
Travellers must declare quantities in excess of US $5000 to customs.