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What is Cuba like?

A trip to Cuba is like a step back in time. With decades of economic sanctions in its recent history, Cuban architecture and the people's way of life may seem out of step with much of the rest of the world, but you'll quickly find that it adds to the charm and otherworldliness of the destination.

Recent changes have seen private businesses springing up, making it a unique destination (and perhaps the perfect hipster hangout). The Caribbean island also has pristine beaches and is famous for its locally-made cigars.

Which airlines fly to Cuba?

There are no direct flights to Cuba, with the quickest route from New Zealand going through Los Angeles International. Depending on where you start your journey, you may have a layover in Auckland or Sydney first.

Most journeys are split between 2 or more airlines. Often the first leg is operated by a local carrier, such as Air New Zealand, Qantas or Virgin Australia, with an American company taking the final leg.

How long is the flight to Cuba?

Havana Jose Marti International Airport

Auckland to Havana

19 hours 35 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Havana

24 hours 15 minutes (2 stops)

Queenstown to Havana

24 hours (2 stops)

Wellington to Havana

25 hours 10 minutes (2 stops)

What is the best time to visit Cuba?

Cuba has warm weather year-round, with average monthly temperatures between 25°C and 30°C. Cuba's summer runs during New Zealand's winter. The sea remains warm throughout the year.

Cuba's rainy season starts in May and there's a possibility of hurricanes hitting the island from August to October.

Do I need a visa for Cuba?

Yes. New Zealand passport holders need to have a tourist card to visit Cuba. This can be done once you have a flight and your first 3 nights' accommodation booked.

You can apply online or through the Cuban embassy in Wellington. The cost at the embassy is NZ$30 if you apply in person, or NZ$80 if done via mail or a third party.

How expensive is Cuba?

Cuba's capital, Havana, is cheaper than the average city in New Zealand. Expect to pay up to NZ$8 for a meal out, NZ$1.50 for a local beer and NZ$2 for a takeaway coffee.

Cuba currently has 2 currencies, the peso and the convertibles, although there are plans to move to a single currency soon. The convertible is the more commonly used.

Useful tips about Cuba

Currently considered a safe destination, the New Zealand government gives updates on travel warnings to Cuba on its Safe Travel website.

Read Skyscanner's guide to Cuba for tips about the country.

Travel insurance is a requirement when visiting. Spot checks happen at customs and you will be refused entry if you don't have a valid policy.

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Please note: all information is correct as of November, 2017.

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