Countdown to Cuba!
Congratulations, you're going to Cuba! What’s next? Below is a list of resources to help you prepare you for your departure to Havana, Cuba.
The EEAbroad Summer Student Handbook is your guide to help you prepare for your program. You will find most of your questions you may have about the city, university and general life in Cuba explained in this guide.
Flights and Visa
You will be responsible for purchasing your own flight to Havana, Cuba. Flights to Havana can be easily found with most of the major airlines including Southwest, Jetblue, American, Delta and United. Since travel to Cuba is restricted , the airline will ask you to choose your reason of travel among 12 approved reasons for travel. You will want to choose Educational Activities. Refer to your Travel Affidavit for more details.
The program runs from May 31 to June 29. You will want to make sure that your flight arrives to Havana on May 31 and you will depart Havana on June 29.
Your Cuban visa will be purchased on the day of your departure at the airport. The Cuban visa fee (also frequently referred to as a Tourist Card) varies from airline to airline but you can expect to pay anywhere from $50-$100 per person. Check with your airline on the Cuban Visa requirements and procedure.
Once you book your flight please complete our flight details form or send us your itinerary at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15.
Below is a list of recommended apps specifically for Cuba. Once you are in Cuba you will not be able to download these apps! Remember to download these apps and test them out before you arrive to Cuba.
maps.me - Offline map with GPS functionality. If you want access to directions/maps in Cuba, you must download this specific map app before you depart.
Spanishdict - Our favorite Spanish-English dictionary.
A La Mesa - Directory of restaurants in Cuba. Photos, menus, and contact information. Made in Cuba.
Whatsapp - Best video chat for low bandwidth connections. Make sure your family downloads it too!
Tunnelbear - Free VPN. The use of some U.S. applications are restricted in Cuba such as the (Apple) App Store and Spotify. A VPN can work around this.
Day of Departure
Make sure you read our recommended packing list in the student handbook for items to bring with you for the program. All participants should also prepare to bring the following items with them on the day of their travel:
EEAbroad Travel Letter (EEAbroad will send this to you by email 1-2 weeks prior to your program start date)
Travel Affidavit (click to download and print)
Spending cash for the duration of the program. Remember that credit cards are not accepted in Cuba. You must bring any anticipated spending money in cash only.
Be an EEAbroad photographer or blogger!
Are you planning on taking photos or documenting your trip abroad with your own personal blog? Writing a blog while abroad is a great way to share and remember this unforgettable experience. Or maybe you want to document your experience through the camera lens with your photography and videos? EEAbroad is always looking for students that want to share this memorable experience with the world! Complete the form below if you are interested and we will be in touch with you.
See you in Cuba!