Concerning the flight to La Habana we consider traveling with Air France or Edelweiss. Every participant is personally responsible for his correct booking of his flight. We are asking participants, booking whithin an other airline to get in touch with us to find the best solution for the transfer from the airport to La Habana.
Cuba until now is a destination with few dangerous places where you normally can move free and peaceful. Even so it seems important to understand the low financial level people are living with. This means, that it is not recomended to run around the city with jewelry and touristic stuff like cameras and new cellfones. Crowded places should be avoided and at openair concerts you should always control your surrounding.
For immigration to Cuba, Swiss citizens need a touristcard, available at Zürich Airport or in different travel agencies. The touristcard autorizes a stay of max. 30 days. A passport, valid until 6 month after the trip is required. Return- and connection flight tickets, enough travel cash and health insurance for coverage abroad are required in addition.
The Republic of Cuba contains the main island, the Isla de la Juventud and several smaller islands. Cuba is the main Island of the Greater Antilles lying between 20 and 24 degrees north in the Caribbean Sea in the north of Central America.
Area: 110.860 km².
Population: ca. 11,2 mil
La Habana (Havanna, Capital) ca. 2,1 mil
Santiago de Cuba ca. 425.900
Camaguey ca. 305.800
Holguin ca. 277.100
Guantánamo ca. 207.900
Santa Clara ca. 205.800
Las Tunas ca. 154.000
Bayamo ca. 147.600
Cienfuegos ca. 144.200
Pinar del Rio ca. 137.500
Matanzas ca. 132.700
The official language is spanish. In the cities part of the population may understand and speak english.
110-120 Volt alternating current, 60 Hertz. In some Casa Particulares and hotels you might find 220 Volt, 60 Hz.
The american two-pol jacks are most spread around the island. The power supply system is mostly stable but some breakdown may happen.
Airmail to Europe may take up to 6 weeks and may not be reliable. International carriers like DHL work pretty well.
From Switzerland to Cuba mark 0053. To make a call from Cuba to Switzerland use 11941. It is possible to call to Europe directly through an Operator from bigger hotels.
Long distance calls have to be payed in convertibel Pesos CUC. Fonlines in Cuba are quite old and connections might not be stable.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS: Police 106, Accident rescue 104, Fire department 105.
Network technique: GSM 900 and TDMA.
Currently there are roaming contracts with Cuban providers working. Cellfones do work, connections are weak.
Country Domain: .cu
Internet access (quite expensive) is provided by some hotels in La Habana. The connections are working through telefon network and are very slow.
Banks and money exchange: Mo until Fr 8.30am - 12 am, 1.30pm - 3pm, Sa 8am - 12am
Businesses: Mo until Fr 9am - 6pm, Sa 9am - 13pm. Shopping centers in hotels and tourist shops might be open longer
Offices: Mo until Fr 9am - 17pm with one hour lunch
Mail: Mo until Sa 8.30am - 17pm