WHEN TO GO
Temperatures in the Caribbean range from hot to even hotter – the mercury on these islands tends to hover in the high 20s even in the winter. Summertime in the more northerly islands – Jamaica and the Dominican Republic – gets even hotter, with temperatures climbing into the 30s. Summer is also when you’ll see the most rain, although it tends to come in short, sharp bursts in the afternoon or evening. Hurricane season falls between June and November, but severe storms are pretty rare, and Aruba sits completely outside the hurricane belt.
Passports and Visas
British citizens must have a valid passport to visit Cuba. You’ll also need a tourist card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba/entry-requirements
A Cuban tourist card must be purchased prior to departure, otherwise you will be refused boarding in the UK. Tourist cards can be collected in person from the Cuban Embassy in London, or can be applied for by post. Further information and the application form can be found on the Embassy’s website- http://misiones.minrex.gob.cu/en/united-kingdom. When booking, please ensure there is enough time to obtain the tourist cards via your preferred method, prior to departure. 1 tourist card will be required for every member of your party, regardless of age.
If you're travelling to Cuba as part of a Marella Cruise itinerary then different information applies. There's a visa requirement for Cuba, but you don’t need to buy one before your cruise. For cruises departing before 31st December 2019, the visa cost is incorporated in to the price of your holiday, and for any cruises after this it will be charged to your onboard account at a cost of around £15.
For more information visit the Foreign Office website - www.fco.gov.uk/en/
Health & Safety
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away, as you’ll have to show a copy of it when you get to Cuba. For the latest health and safety information, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba/health