Cuba falls in the Eastern Time Zone, which is the same as Miami, New York, and the East Coast of the U.S. Please note that Cuba also observes Daylight Saving Time , although this period begins and ends approximately one week after Daylight Saving Time in the U.S.
There is no access to the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay from within Cuba. For further information on Guantanamo Bay, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Kingston by telephone (876) 935-6000 or visit their website.
Approximately 6,000 people live on the Guantanamo Bay naval base today, including American military personnel, their families and civilian staff. Historically, most of the staff at Guantanamo Bay were Cubans from the city of Guantánamo .
A passport is required for travel to Guantanamo Bay , Cuba.
Status. On July 29, 2019, Cuba legalized private wifi in homes and businesses, although one must obtain a permit to have access. As of December 6, 2018, Cubans can have full mobile Internet access provided by Cuba’s telecommunications company, ETECSA, at 3G speeds.
As in any country, crime is a concern in Cuba . Thankfully, violent crime is rare, but thieves won’t hesitate to steal your belongings, especially cameras. When on the beach or walking through Havana, don’t set your stuff down. Always keep your cameras, wallets, purses, passports, and other valuables close to your body.
Not surprisingly, Guantanamo Bay presents some unique challenges as a duty station. Though close to the U.S. mainland, the only way on or off base is on one of about six military-contracted flights a month that stop in Jacksonville, Fla., and Norfolk, Va.
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (Spanish: Base Naval de la Bahía de Guantánamo ), officially known as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay or NSGB, (also called GTMO or Gitmo because of the common pronunciation of this word by the U.S. military) is a United States military base on the shore of Guantánamo Bay and is also the oldest
Constructed in stages starting in 2002, the Guantánamo Bay detention camp (often called Gitmo, which is also a name for the naval base) was used to house Muslim militants and suspected terrorists captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere (see also Iraq War).
The Department of Defense at first kept secret the identity of the individuals held in Guantanamo but, after losing attempts to defy a Freedom of Information Act request from the Associated Press, the U.S. military officially acknowledged holding 779 prisoners in the camp.
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is the forward, ready, and irreplaceable U.S. sea power platform in the Caribbean. We preserve America’s strategic influence in the Caribbean by maintaining a deep-water U.S. Naval Station and ensuring effective support across military and interagency operations.
It was established in 1898, when the United States took control of Cuba from Spain following the Spanish–American War. The United States used Guantanamo Bay as a processing center for asylum-seekers and as a camp for HIV-positive refugees in the 1990s.
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay serves about 6,000 Joint Services personnel, Department of Defense civilians, family members, contract personnel and local national employees.