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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A passport valid for the duration of stay is required for British nationals.


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 length of your proposed duration of stay, as well as proof of a confirmed return flight and booked accommodation.

Nationals of the following 18 countries do not require a tourist card or a visa to visit Cuba, although the amount of time they can spend varies: Antigua and Barbuda (up to 30 days), Barbados (up to 28 days), Belarus (up to 30 days), Benin (up to 90 days), Bosnia and Herzegovina (up to 90 days), China (up to 90 days), Dominica (up to 28 days), Grenada (up to 60 days), Macedonia (up to 90 days), Malaysia (up to 90 days), Montenegro (up to 90 days), Mongolia (up to 30 days), Namibia (up to 30 days), Saint Kitts and Nevis (up to 30 days), Saint Lucia (up to 30 days), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (up to 60 days), Serbia (up to 90 days) and Singapore (up to 30 days).

Nationals not referred to in the chart need to have a visa to visit Cuba.

Visa note

Nationals of (1) the USA are subject to the Cuban assets control regulations enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC; 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 U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; 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.

Types and cost

Tourist card: £39 (you can only apply by post and the application form is here).


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.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy) in person or by post. Please note that in the UK, you can only apply it by post and use this official form for your tourist card. If you aren't in the UK, you can obtain application forms for tourist visa cards from certain tour operators and travel agents or from the consulate/embassy.

Working days

Allow 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 10 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 Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0800-1615. Due to security considerations, public access is by appointment only. Telephone: Mon-Thu 0800-1600; Fri 0800-1300.
US Embassy in Cuba
Telephone: +53 7 839 4100 Website: Opening times: Mon-Thu 0800-1630; Fri 0800-1530. Public access by appointment only. Telephone: Mon-Thu 0900-1000 and 1400-1500.
Embassy of Cuba in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7240 2488; +44 20 7420 3100. Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1230 and 1400-1600.

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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.