Cuba Visa Essentials
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Can I travel to Cuba from USA ? Contrary to what you may think, it is possible to travel to Cuba from the USA. To do so, you must obtain the Pink Tourist Card with a reputable Online Visa Retailer in advance.
Required Documents to enter in cuba : You’ll need to have a passport + a Tourist Card valid for 1 month + a health insurance
Tourist Card: It is valid for 1 month and need to ask for an extension if needed. You can buy it with a reputable online retailer, Cuban Consulates or at your airline companies desk upon departure. This document should be kept carefully and will be requested when leaving the country.
Health insurance: is compulsory for any traveler. You can buy one online, or by default directly at the airport, just after the custom and before taking your luggages.
Vaccines and Covid : Since january 5th 2021, you need to be fully vaccinated for Covid and to have a PCR test of less than 72h to enter in Cuba.
The 2 kinds of Cuban Touristic Visas
If you want to visit Cuba from the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or South America, you will need a Cuban Tourist Card, often called a Visa.
The Cuba Tourist Card has 2 variations:
- Travelers from the USA need a Pink Tourism Card
- Travelers from any country Except the USA need a Green Tourism Card
To obtain your tourist card, you will need to fill out your information online and you will receive your card through a delivery service before traveling to Cuba.
Traveling to Cuba directly from the USA
If you fly to Cuba directly from the USA, you will need to have a Pink Cuban Tourist Card.
All nationalities traveling from or via USA will need the pink card to enter Cuba. So for example, if you come from UK with a stopover in USA, you’ll be concerned.
This card is valid for visits of up to 30 days and can be used within 180 days of issuance.
- Cost: From 95€/100USD.
Traveling to Cuba from any country except the USA
All nationalities can get a Green Tourist Card to visit Cuba when flying from any country except the USA.
This visa is valid for visits of up to 30 days and it can be used within 180 days of issuance. You will need to show this visa before boarding your flight.
- Cost : From 35€/37USD.
How to get the Cuban Visa
You have 3 options to get the tourist card :
1. With a reputable online Visa retailer
Taking your visa online is much more convenient and time saving because it allows you to receive your card with enough time in advance, and they deliver your visa directly to your home.
We personally recommend Easytouristcard.com because they handle both Pink and Green tourist cards.
Getting the visa online is very easy, you just need to select your visa type, green or pink, pay online and your visa will be shipped within 1-3 business days worldwide via tracked mail.
2. Through your Airline
Many airlines companies can sell it directly at the airport when you check-in for your flight. However it is difficult to get clear and detailed information from the airlines, and it is always a stress to get to the airport without being sure to have your tourist card. We recommend to check directly with them.
If you are departing from the Miami airport, you can buy this card at the Cuba Ready checkpoint, located at checkpoints 1 and 2. You will be asked for this card upon arrival in Cuba, during immigration control at the airport.
3. With a Cuban embassy
You can also go through through a local Cuban embassy in your country. You’ll have to get there in person.
Eligible nationalities to get a Cuban Visa
Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City.
Nationalities that do NOT need a Tourist Card
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bosnia, Dominica, Grenada, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Mongolia, Namibia, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Serbia, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Foreigners Can stay on Cuba up to 30 days.
Extending the Visa in Cuba
Foreigners foreigners or usually given 30 days and they can renew their tourist card for the same period of time
Lucky Canadians can stay up to 90 days without needing to renew their tourist card.
Or given 90 days they can renew for 90 more days if they want.
Before heading to the migration office it is important to know that you need to pay the tourist card fee in any bank because they don’t accept payment in the migration offices. The tourists card fees are €25
Consider bringing the following documents :
- Your actual tourist card
- Receipt of your hotel or private house. If you don’t have received no worries you can just bring the address of the house it should be enough
Make sure that you’re dressed correctly before heading to the office because they don’t hello allow shorts
Valid passport, valid for the duration of the stay. In order to be prepared for any eventuality, make sure that you have a passport with the required or sufficient number of blank pages (generally 3, 2 of which are opposite each other).
As this document is not accepted everywhere, before applying for one, make sure that it is recognized by the country you are traveling to; also check whether it requires a visa (which may be the case even for countries where it is not required with an ordinary passport).
Health insurance is compulsory for travelers to Cuba. They must be taken out in the country of origin; the proof may be required at the airport. If, however, for an exceptional reason, a traveler is not covered, he or she will be obliged to take out insurance at the airport of arrival in Cuba.
Upon Arrival at Cuba
Upon arrival, the immigration authorities will take a picture of your face and fingerprints. Wait behind the yellow line until you are asked to cross it, this may take some time .
Customs checks shall be carried out at the first point of entry into the territory. After immigration, you collect your luggage on the conveyor belts and go to customs. If you are continuing your journey by air, you will have to collect your luggage and take it to the luggage conveyors serving connecting flights. They will be directed to your final destination.