Cuba Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes/1

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Visas

Visas for Cuba are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

The required tourist visa, known as a tourist card, allows the holder to stay in Cuba for 30 days and is valid for a single entry. You must also have a passport valid for the length of your proposed duration of stay, as well as proof of a confirmed return flight and booked accommodation.

As of September 2020, nationals of 20 countries do not require a visa to visit Cuba, although the amount of time they can spend in Cuba varies; below is the list:

Citizens of these countries can stay in Cuba without a visa for up to 28 days: Barbados and Dominica.

Citizens of these countries can stay in Cuba without a visa for up to 30 days: Antigua and Barbuda, Belarus, Mongolia, Singapore, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis.

Citizens of these countries can stay in Cuba without a visa for up to 60 days: Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Citizens of these countries can stay in Cuba without a visa for up to 90 days: Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya (once in a calendar year), Malaysia, Montenegro, Namibia, North Macedonia, Russia (can be extended to 180 days), Serbia, United Arab Emirates.

In addition, there are several exceptions, like nationals of Venezuela with a normal passport can visit Cuba without a visa if they are travelling on duty under the Cooperative Integration Agreement. Nationals of China and Vietnam can also visit Cuba without a visa if they carry a passport for Public Affairs.

Please note that the visa regulations are being updated regularly, hence it is best to check with the nearest Cuban consulate before your trip.

To apply for a Cuba tourist card, contact the Cuban consulate listed on this official Representaciones Diplomáticas de Cuba en el Exterior website.

Visa note

Nationals of (1) the USA are subject to the Cuban assets control regulations enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC; http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/pages/cuba.aspx). Travel for touristic purposes is still prohibited. That said, it's possible to visit Cuba as an American if you're visiting for one of 12 specified reasons. The permitted reasons are: family visits; official business of the US government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organisations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials; and certain authorised export transactions.

Validity

The tourist card is valid for one entry of 30 days within 180 days of issue and can be extended in Cuba for a further 30 days.

Transit

Passengers who hold a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to another country within 72 hours and can show documents required for the next destination may be allowed to transit in Cuba without a visa.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy) in person or by post. You can get the contact information of the Cuban consulate in your country by visiting this official Representaciones Diplomáticas de Cuba en el Exterior website.

Working days

Allow for up to four weeks for visa processing.

Entry documents

All visitors to Cuba are required to prove they have travel insurance covering medical expenses from approved foreign companies during their period of stay, or they will have to buy it from Cuban vendors on arrival in the country. US travel insurance policies are not accepted.

Extension of stay

You can extend your tourist card by an additional 30 days with the immigration office.

Entry with children

Parents travelling with children may be required to show proof of parental rights or guardianship.

Entry restrictions

Visitors entering Cuba on a tourist visa are prohibited from undertaking business or journalism activities.

Entry with pets

Bringing pets to Cuba is possible, but it can be time-consuming and costly. You need an international (or in the case of licensed travellers from the USA, a state) veterinary certificate, completed no more than ten days before travel to Cuba, along with proof of a rabies and distemper vaccination administrated at least 30 days before entry.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Cuba
Telephone: +53 7 214 2200; +53 7 204 1771; +53 7 204 1772. Website: www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-havana Opening times: Mon-Thur 0800-1615; Fri 0800-1300. Due to security considerations, public access is by appointment only.
US Embassy in Cuba
Telephone: +53 7 839 4100 Website: https://cu.usembassy.gov Opening times: Mon-Thu 0800-1630; Fri 0800-1530. Public access by appointment only.
Embassy of Cuba in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7240 2488; +44 20 7420 3100. Website: http://misiones.minrex.gob.cu/en/united-kingdom/embassy-cuba-united-kingdom Opening times: Embassy hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1230 and 1400-1600. Consulate hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1230.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.