Before you travel – Useful tips

A few important tips to make your dream holiday  much easier :

1.Travel Insurance : Don’t risk travelling uninsured!  A good comprehensive travel insurance policy is essential – and cover starts the moment you take this out.  You may be asked for proof of travel insurance at the point of entry into Cuba. We recommend taking out your insurance at the time of booking to benefit from cancellation cover.  You can choose a competitive single trip policy – but it always works out cheapest to take out a multi trip annual policy.  We recommend Columbus Direct (click here) for single trip policies starting from only £5 and multi trip annual policies starting from only £30.  In addition they offer special policies for adventure travel or passengers over 64 or those with pre-existing medical conditions.  We have arranged a 10% discount for online purchase.

Club direct and Travel Insurance Web (often the cheapest option) both offer inexpensive but comprehensive insurance, and it may be worth checking these as an alternative.

If you are over 65 or have pre-existing medical conditions, you may need to use  a specialist insurer, such as Ancile Good-to-go (click here) to get cover.

2. Airport Parking :  Often driving is the easiest way to get to the airport.  Airport parking can be expensive unless you pre-book it.  Trip extras offers airport parking from as little as £2.99 per day – saving you up to 60% of the gate prices – to get a quote click here.  They offer a lowest price guarantee and do not charge credit card fees.  Booking an airport hotel along with parking is often not much more expensive than the parking alone – and ensures a worry free start to your holiday.

3. Airport Hotel :  Staying at an airport hotel can alleviate much of the stress of getting to the airport – particularly for early flight departures. You check in the night before, can sleep late prior to your departure. Some are on site and its just a short stroll to the check in desk.  Others offer courtesy coaches for the short journey to check in.  Prices can be surprisingly affordable (starting at £35 per night)  – and are cheapest if you book well in advance or combine with parking.  To get a quote effortlessly through Tripextras you can click here  Their “best price guarantee”  :  If you can find the same airport hotel product cheaper elsewhere within 24 hours of making and paying for your booking, then they will  give it to you for FREE.

4. Airport Lounge Access : Airports can be stressful places – and what better way to smooth your passage than by relaxing like a VIP in the tranquillity of a lounge.  Once you have done it – you will never travel any other way!  You can book individual visits to one of 150 lounges worldwide from as little as £13.50 by clicking here.  Or if you travel frequently, it usually works out cheapest to take out an annual pass (click here) which would allow you access to 600 airport lounges worldwide, whatever class you fly.  We have arranged a special deal that entitles your to 10% off the standard price of Priority Pass so that prices start for as little as £62 for a whole year.  Add an extra touch of luxury to any trip!

5. Foreign Exchange/Holiday Money : The local currency in Cuba is the Convertible Peso or CUC which is almost at same value as the American Dollar USD. You can only exchange your currency into Convertible Pesos while in Cuba. We recommend you to take a minimum amount of cash with you and on arrival at Havana airport, you exchange it to CUC. You can also withdraw money with your visa debit card or switch card from a cash machine but please remember when outside Havana or Varadero, it can be a bit difficult to find cash machines, especially in the small towns. Please do not forget to inform your bank that you are travelling to Cuba just to make sure your card will work abroad.