How To Open A Bank Account In Cuba

There’s no denying that getting set up as an expat in Cuba can be a complex experience. There are numerous restrictions on foreigners, especially in terms of finding property, so getting settled there is far from easy. However, if you can’t resist the pull of eclectic architecture, live music and breathtaking beaches, a move to … Read more

How To Learn The Language In Cuba

Cuba is an intriguing country in which to live and work, with an interesting recent history in which politics has dominated every aspect of life. If you are intending to live and work in Cuba, whether as an English teacher or in another sector, one of your first priorities will be to consider the ease … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Cuba

Cuba isn’t the easiest place to move to as an expat, with a huge range of restrictions surrounding foreigners and property. However, to those who are willing to make the leap, Cuba has a lot to offer, from eclectic architecture to incredible live music and breathtaking beaches. Cuba may have a rocky past, but many … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Cuba

If you’re entering Cuba as a tourist, you will need to obtain a tourist card before you travel. This can be done through your nearest embassy or consulate. There is a mandatory airport tax of 25 Cuban Pesos, a fee that should be included in the cost of your flight ticket. If you are unsure … Read more

How To Find A Job In Cuba

Cuba is a fascinating country, and its Caribbean situation and friendly population make it an appealing choice for a visit – but you may find that working on the island is a more challenging prospect than in other parts of the Caribbean and in practice, may prove next to impossible. Cuba is very slowly starting … Read more

Working Visas In Cuba: Your Rights And Responsibilities

Sometimes we expats find ourselves in situations that are not quite what we’re used to. Often, we see notable differences between many aspects of life when we move from country to country, and it can be hard to keep track.One of the more frequently discussed and obvious differences for expats is in the workplace. From … Read more

Renting A Home In Havana: A Short Guide

The first challenge for expats when moving to a new country is finding a place to live. This can be a daunting task if you’re not familiar with the country and are unsure how and where to look. We compile informative guides to help you with these issues, and in this article, we’ll be looking … Read more

Hoping For Havana? A Short Guide To Cuba

The Caribbean was the stage on which last acts of the Cold War played out, and while the curtain has not quite fallen on the decades-old stand-off, Cuba’s part is nearly over. Just 90 miles from the United States, the socialist state has been far removed from the world stage thanks to an embargo that … Read more

Cuba – Expat Heaven Or Hell?

The death of Fidel Castro sent political shockwaves through the Americas as the the figurehead of Cuba’s revolution slipped into the history books. The socialist state he fought to found has already changed much in recent years, with the country’s Marxist philosophy softening. The death of the revolution’s leader is just one further step toward … Read more

Cuba – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Cuba and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Here is Havana Certainly the best known expat blogger in Cuba, Conner … Read more

Ten Things to Think About When Retiring To Cuba

When thinking about retirement destinations, Cuba isn’t often at the top of the list. With wonderful Caribbean weather, a good healthcare system, and an irresistible old-world charm, Cuba is an attractive retirement option. However, because of its chequered history with the United States of America, Cuba is a self-contained country and it is difficult to … Read more

Don’t Buy Property In Cuba Until You’ve Read This

Buying property in a foreign country can be quite a complicated procedure. This is especially true in the case of Cuba as there are several restrictions on the ownership of houses even for citizens of the country. For more than half a century now, people haven’t been able to freely buy or sell houses on … Read more

A Brief Guide To Residence Permits In Cuba

Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, is famous for its natural beauty, tropical weather, pristine beaches, clear waters, and historic buildings. Often called “The Pearl of The Caribbean”, this island is around 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Florida. It is essential to obtain the relevant permits before entering Cuba. A tourist visa is … Read more

How Safe Are Expat Women In Cuba?

Cuba doesn’t have a large expat population, as the rules and regulations make it difficult for outsiders to live there on a long-term basis. Even visiting Cuba as a tourist can be complicated, although restrictions have eased considerably in the last two decades. Roughly a third of Cuba’s visitors come from a single country, Canada. … Read more

Ten Of The Best Recreational Activities In Cuba

Cuba is notoriously difficult to get into, even as a tourist. Actually moving there is even more of a challenge. However, for those who do manage to live in Cuba, the country has a lot to offer. Here are ten of the best recreational activities to try in Cuba. Horse-riding: This is quite popular among … Read more

Cuba – Recommended Websites

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Cuba and some of the sites that might be useful for expats there. Cuba Headlines A news site that focuses mainly on local news … Read more

Conner Gorry, Havana

I’m Conner Gorry, journalist, freelance writer and cultural interpreter. I moved to Havana Cuba, April 2002, for love and other complex reasons. What challenges did I face during the move? If you’ve never been to Cuba you really can’t imagine. I hate it when people say blanket things like that, but in this case, it’s … Read more