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International Driving Permit in Cuba

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IDP is essential when driving abroad

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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.

How to get your IDP

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Can foreigners drive in Cuba?

Yes, foreigners can drive in the country as long as they are carrying an International Driving Permit (IDP) and their National Driving Licence. An IDP is a document that translates your valid driving license into 12 of the widely used languages worldwide. Our IDP enables any foreign tourist to drive in 165+ countries including the following:

  • Mexico
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guatemala
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Costa rica
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • Ecuador
  • Cyprus
  • El Salvador
  • Ghana
  • Honduras
  • Japan
  • Liberia
  • Macao
  • Malaysia
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Venezuela
  • and more!

What is the process to get international driving permit in Cuba?

Getting an IDP for the country is relatively easy. You only need to click on the “Start My Application” button on the upper right corner of the page. Next, you have to fill that out, attach a copy of your valid driver’s license, and then your passport-size photo. Lastly, you’ll pay for your IDP fee by inputting your credit card details.

Top Destinations in Cuba

Cuba is known for the classic and vintage cars on its roads and the country's spectacular beauty and adventure. The island attracts travelers from all over the world who are so eager to visit the island. In the country, you'll be welcome with the locals' warm personality, streets filled with lively music, vintage atmosphere, and the scenic view of this country’s top destinations.

Trinidad

Trinidad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the country’s best road trip destinations. When you step foot on its land, it feels like you are stepping back in time because of the preserved neo-baroque style buildings and infrastructures that the town screams a picturesque colonial impression.

Beyond Trinidad's well-maintained vintage structures and ambiance are a vast prosperous sugar cane plantation, sugar mills, and other facilities about the country’s sugar productions. Trinidad has so much to offer from sceneries and activities that you should not miss.

When is the best time to go?

You can visit Trinidad all-year round but the best months to visit are January to April and November to December. During these months, the weather is perfect and refreshing, which is best for exploring and traveling around Trinidad's top tourist spots.

When is the worst time to go?

The worst time to visit Trinidad during the rainy season, from August to October. A sprinkle of rain to heavy downpours and hurricanes are most likely to happen in these months, hindering you from exploring every Trinidad's corner to the fullest.

Camagüey

Camagüey is the third-largest city in the country, located in the center of the island. A historical center that is well preserved made Camagüey the ninth UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cuba. The city is the island's least visited spot, but the real Cuban life is found and will be experienced in the beautiful city of Camagüey.

When is the best time to go?

The best time to visit Camagüey is from November to March. The weather during those months is ideal for exploring every corner of the place and experiencing the simple yet wonderful Cuban life at its finest.

When is the worst time to go?

There is no worst time to visit Camagüey, and it depends on what weather you prefer when traveling and exploring the corners of Camagüey. The busiest month for tourism is December to February, where the accommodation is most expensive these months and most tourists prefer to visit when the housing is least costly.

Viñales

Viñales is a top destination in the country where you can relax from traveling cities, experience, and appreciate Viñales famous natural beauty. This small town is located in the national park's green valley in the country’s Pinar del Rio region, where you can find the grand Viñales valley.

The town has the best climate that makes the locals have unique and the best tobacco. Locals of Viñales still use the traditional ways and techniques on their agricultural products, particularly tobacco production.

What Is the Best Time to go?

The dry season is the best time to visit Viñales from November to April. However, it is also the busiest time in the town. It is ideal to book a casa or hotel in advance during the Christmas and Easter holidays the town is flocked with tourists.

What Is the Worst Time to go?

The rainy season is the worst time to go in Viñales with the daily showers and sometimes hurricanes. It is hard to explore and have an adventure. It is also part of the year in Viñales where the humidity level is almost unbearable.

Varadero

Varadero is the largest resort in the Caribbean, known for the country’s famous best beaches with a stretch of 20km fine white sand and have over 50 developing and growing hotels and tourist establishments.

It is the favorite destination for tourists and locals who want to stroll and relax under the sun and island breeze. Varadero is not only a place to spend your holiday on the beach but also a destination to discover historical heritage, perfect for tourists who are history enthusiasts.

When is the best time to go?

The best time to travel in Varadero is between mid-November to mid-April because it has the most pleasant climate to have fun at the beach and explore the place under the sun. It is the best time for tourists to enjoy outdoor activities.

When is the worst time to go?

Varadero's warm weather is perfect and suits the beach year-round, but in May through October, there are tendencies to rain, for it is the rainiest month in Varadero. The best time will depend on the traveler's preferences if they are more into indoor activities and fine with traveling in the rain.

Havana

Havana is the capital and the largest city in Cuba, also known as the eternal summer city trapped in time. Havana is the leading commercial center of the country of Cuba and is acknowledged as its principal port.

Havana's filled with upbeat music, salsa, vintage ambiance, cocktails, and picturesque views. The town is like a dream of living in the past. It is filled with colonial-era architectural infrastructures, classic cars, and the color to a faded paint of the structures.

When is the best time to go?

You can visit Havana any day of the year, but the best time to visit the city is from December to May. The temperature is warm, and you'll see sunny and cloudless skies. The weather in Cuba is quite diverse; June is the start of the wet season, August to October sometimes brings hurricanes.

When is the worst time to go?

There is no worst time to visit Havana, even in the year's wet season, because you don't experience many heavy downpours. It will only depend on your preferences. During the wet season, the travel and hotel costs are much lower than the other season.

Most Important Rules of Driving in Cuba

Driving to Cuba's top destinations is a dream, but to make it hassle-free and trouble-free, follow the road traffic rules and guidelines rigorously. Most of Cuba's imposed driving rules are the same as the other countries, and even tourists are not excused. Here are some of the driving rules that you need to follow in Cuba strictly.

Don't drive at night

Driving at night in Cuba is not encouraged because of the lack of streetlights. Most trucks and vehicles in Cuba don't have lights, or their headlight is not working. Lots of people are walking in the middle of the road, especially at night.

When driving on the right side of the road, you must be mindful and watch out for cyclists that sometimes ride in the middle of the road and many people walking on the Cuban streets, especially at night. That is why you should not exceed the speed limit and be careful in driving around the island's road.

Drive below the speed limit

The speed limit of 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour is the main roads' average speed limit. The speed limit of 50 kilometers (31 miles) per hour is the average speed per hour on the main streets with a maximum speed limit of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour.

On the secondary roads exceeding the speed limit of 50 kilometers (31 miles) per hour is not allowed in Cuba. You need to avoid overspeeding; you can drive about 70 kilometers (43 miles) per hour on average is a safe and normal travel pace in Cuba.

Drive on the right side of the road

In Cuba, driving is on the right-hand side of the road, and it is the same with most countries around the world. When you're driving on the side of the road, you need to be cautious for some locals sometimes walk in the middle of the road, especially at night, and some cyclist you might encounter cycling on your side.

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