How can guests pay for items in cash while travelling in Cuba?
Most likely credit cards will not be accepted and guests should anticipate paying for items in local currency.
What types of currencies are accepted in Cuba and what is the exchange rate?
There are two types of currencies in Cuba – CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso) and CUP (Cuban Peso). The CUC is the currency used by tourists while the CUP is used by locals.
Cuban currency can't be bough in advance.
$1 CUC = $1US
Approximately $25CUP = $1US
Transaction fee of 10-13% will be charged. Guests should check the currency exchange rate prior to their sailing.
Please see this article on Trip Advisor for more detailed information.
Can a bank refuse to allow use of credit or debit cards in Cuba?
Regulations do not require financial institutions or credit card companies to accept, maintain, or facilitate authorised financial relationships or transactions.