All visitors to Cuba require a passport and this is shown to the immigration officials upon arrival. This must be valid for at least six months past the date you are to leave Cuba.
All visitors need a tourist card (Visa) to enter Cuba which should be obtained before you travel. Please, check with your travel agent when booking your flight.
Airports and transfers
Havana International Airport, is the largest airport in Cuba. It receives direct flights from Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe and North America.
Transportation to and from the hotels is included in the Accommodation packages.
Transportation to and from the National Botanic Garden is included in the Registration fee. Buses will collect the participants at the Hotel Tryp Habana Libre. The bus schedule will be announced later. Recommended hotels are in central Vedado near to the Hotel Tryp Habana Libre.
the Venue - the National Botanic Garden
The National Botanic Garden (Cuba) is an educational, scientific and recreational institution. The garden was established in 1968 and opened to the public in 1984. It is located 20 km from downtown Havana. Its approximate 550 hectares (~1,200 acres) host a diverse collection of tropical and subtropical plants from around the world. More than a third of the gardens focus on Cuban indigenous plants from a wide range of ecosystems. The garden hosts the Department of Botany of the University of Havana, coordinates the publication of the new ´Flora de la República de Cuba´ and it is a leading institution on plant conservation in the country.
the city of Havana
Havana, Cuba’s capital city, is a major port and leading commercial centre of the country. The city has 2.1 million inhabitants. King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592 and a royal decree in 1634 recognized its importance by officially designating it the “Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies”. Present day Havana is the seat of the Cuban government. Havana is the cultural centre of the country featuring museums, galleries, and theatres. Music is present everywhere, nearly every restaurant and hotel in town has a nice house band playing old favourites. Havana is quite safe for a large city. There are no major health issues or poisonous animals neither in Havana not in the rest of Cuba.
We recommend that you have comprehensive medical insurance for the duration of your visit to Cuba.