Cuba Passport Ranking
The Cuban passport currently ranks on the 80th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 28 countries. This grants it an overall low mobility score. Cuban passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, Uzbekistan, Russia, Kenya and Qatar. Cuban passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 168 destinations in the world. This requires some extended travel preparations. Some destinations where a visa is required are the entire European Union, the United States and Australia.
Cuba is an island nation consisting of 15 provinces. The most important provinces are La Habana, Santiago de Cuba and Holguín. The country is situated in the Caribbean approximately 150 kilometers south of Key West, Florida. The island has a surface area of 109,884 square kilometers. The nation’s terrain is relatively flat with rugged plains and mountains. Its climate is tropical with a dry season from November to April and a rainy season from May to October.
The overall population is approximately 11.1 million people. The capital of the country is Havana, which is also the most populous city with 2.1 million inhabitants followed by Santiago de Cuba with 555,865 inhabitants. The country’s largest airport is José Martí International Airport (HAV) with 5.7 million annual passengers. This makes it the 3rd busiest airport in the Caribbean. It is named after the Cuban national hero José Martí. The airport provides access to destinations worldwide.
Cuba is dominated by African and Spanish cultures. The majority of the population identify themselves as Christians (59%). The official language is Spanish. Cuba’s legal system is based on the Spanish civil code. The government form is a communist state. The chief of state is President Miguel Diaz-Canel. The head of government is Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz.
The official currency is the Cuban Peso (CUP), which has a current exchange rate of CUP 26 to the USD. The country has a largely state controlled economy, generating a GDP of approximately $100 billion in 2017. Its citizens have a per capita income of $8,541. In 2019 the communist party has decided on reforms, that will promote privatization and foreign investment. The GDP is mostly made up of the services and industry sector with tourism and agricultural goods contributing the vast majority to the country’s income. Major goods of export include sugar, tobacco, citrus, coffee and nickel.
Cuba is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourism attractions, making it a very popular Caribbean destination. It is known for its vast beaches and vibrant architecture. The country has 7 UNESCO world heritage sites 7 natural biosphere reserves. Some of the major destinations include the old town of Havana, Varadero, Cayo Coco, the Che Guevara Mausoleum and the Plaza de la Revolucion. Main tourist activities are sightseeing, beaches, diving and hiking. The nation has a total of over 4.2 million tourists visiting every year with the majority originating from Canada and Europe.