Are American Express traveller’s cheques accepted in Cuba?

Question: I went to get some Amex travellers cheques today to be told that they are no longer accepted and to take cash. As I’m in the country for a month I don’t want to do this. Any advice?

Answer: In a phone consultation with the Banco Financiero Internacional in Vedado, they say that American Express traveller’s cheques are acceptable in Cuba and that they can be cashed at any of their branches throughout the country. This includes their small branches which are located in many tourist hotels.

There is a fixed exchange rate and commission charge, which totals 14%, for using American Express traveller’s cheques. This means that for $100, you would receive CUC 86 (CUC is pesos convertibles).

To use your American Express traveller’s cheques in Cuba, it is required that you have the receipt showing that you purchased them, and that this receipt indicates the number series of your cheques. Without this receipt, you will not be able to use your cheques in Cuba.

6 thoughts on “Are American Express traveller’s cheques accepted in Cuba?

  • I was in Cuba in late July early August. I exchanged Amex TC at a Casa de Cambiar, got a little more than 86 pesos for $100, and did not have to show a receipt.

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  • I am a Canadian citizenship and I travel to Cuba usually once a year. I have been reading in the Havana Times about the implementation of travel insurance into Cuba, but with the approval from the Cuban government. I can not speak for all Canadians but I would think that the majority carry medical insurance wheen travelling out of Canada. Many of us have medical insurance with major credit cards and many are insured though employement with out of country medical insurance. Can you please tell me which companies the government will be using? AND/OR will our companies be recognized in Cuba OR will we be expected to pay an extra fee. NO ONE wants to come into a country without having all the information first with NO surprises. Please let me know where this is publised.

    Thank you in advance

  • Daniel, for starters look at this post ( for information on contacting the Cuban authorities in the United States.
    This will provide you with the information for beginning your inquiry.

  • I left Cuba legally in 1973. I am now a U. S. Citizen. I want to visit Havana at least one time. If there a website that gives step by step instructions as to what I need to visit? What passport would I needs and where do I get the visas necessary to actually go? Thank you.

  • This is true. I was just there and my friend had AX TCs. You get a better exchange rate than cash for US dollars. If your in Havana go to the bank located at the Habana Libre Hotel. CADECA won’t exchange them. And yea, you have to have the original receipt.

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