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is it wise to use a MC debit issued by a US bank in Cuba?

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is it wise to use a MC debit issued by a US bank in Cuba?

I have a MC debit card issued by a bank in the USA. May I be able to use it in Cuba? Will they track my withdrawals and purchases in Cuba? or it is better not to use any US card in cuba...

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1. Re: is it wise to use a MC debit issued by a US bank in Cuba?

they won't accept a MC issued in the states in cuba. forget it.

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2. Re: is it wise to use a MC debit issued by a US bank in Cuba?

"they won't accept a MC issued in the states in cuba. forget it"

Although either way your US Mastercard is no use to you in Cuba, but, I believe it is not Cuba than wouldn't accept the card, it's that the bank will not accept a charge coming from Cuba. It is illegal for a US company to do business in Cuba. Processing a transaction from Cuba constitutes 'business'.

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so, I should go to Cuba with cash?? US$?? and then exchange into cuban currency?

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4. Re: is it wise to use a MC debit issued by a US bank in Cuba?

No exchange your cash to anything BUT USD before you go then change to CUC when you arrive in Cuba. If you take USD you will be charged a penalty for converting.

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Vplcomcito:

I would recommend that you exchange your cash into Canadian dollars and take that to Cuba. Why Canadian dollars? Because Canadian dollars are roughly worth the same as American dollars at the moment so you will have a better idea of how much money you are actually spending or how much money you have left.

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halfwaytree

Not to mention like I said in the previous post. If you take USD and convert you will suffer a penalty for converting USD. Take CDN, Euros, Sterling, anything but USD.

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7. Re: is it wise to use a MC debit issued by a US bank in Cuba?

Will they take Mexican Pecos?

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8. Re: is it wise to use a MC debit issued by a US bank in Cuba?

so, i think the best thing to then is when I arrive into Panama airport, exchange currency, maybe into CAD or Mex Pesos. I think with pesos I get more money, isnt it? Im a bit lost with this conversion stuff and since I did not planned the trip (we (students) are attending some meetings over there), Im a bit lost. =) thanks to all!!

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9. Re: is it wise to use a MC debit issued by a US bank in Cuba?

Better do a search but am pretty sure Mexican pesos are the next worse currency to US$ to convert.

As one poster suggested Cad$ would be your best bet

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10. Re: is it wise to use a MC debit issued by a US bank in Cuba?

Have I heard correctly that the old CDN(pre-2001?)cannot be exchanged in Cuba?