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For the most up to date information regarding Cuban Visas for people born in Cuba, please contact the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC at

(202) 797-8522 , (202) 797-8518 or (202) 797-8521 fax

If you book flights with us out of Cancun or Nassau and you were not born in Cuba, we can provide the tourist visas for you. We can not provide tourist visas for anyone else.

PASSPORTS: Passports valid for at least two months beyond the date of entry required by all nationals without diplomatic representation in Cuba.

VISAS (tourist cards):
Required by all except:

a) those nationals whose countries have signed visa exemption agreements with Cuba (contact the Consulate for further information);

b) 1. holders of a Tourist Visa Card. Certain tour operators, travel agencies and airlines can issue a Tourist Visa Card valid for one single trip of 30 days, although the stay can be extended in Cuba. Stipulations are that the traveler pre-books and pre-pays hotel accommodation in Cuba through an officially recognized tour operator. The card must be bought in the country where the trip has been arranged. All passengers must hold tickets and other documentation required for their onward or return journey unless holding special annotation issued by a Cuban Consulate.

c) transit passengers continuing their journey to a third country within 72 hours, provided they hold confirmed onward tickets and US$50 per day.

Note: (a) All business travelers (except journalists, those attending a conference or those wishing to study) do need a visa regardless of nationality. (b) Neither visa exemptions nor Tourist Visa Card facilities are applicable to foreign passport holders born in Cuba, unless holding a document proving withdrawal of Cuban citizenship.

Exit permits: Required by those whose stay in Cuba exceeds 90 days.

Types of visa and cost: Tourist Visa Card: $15-$50.  Journalist: $47. Business: $47.

Note: (a) With the exception of Tourist Visa Cards, all visas have an additional charge of $15 for expenses in connection with visa authorization. (b) Journalist visas must be authorized by the Centro de Prensa Internacional del Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba.

Validity: Tourist Visa Cards must be used within six months of issue. Tourist Visa Cards and Tourist and Business visas are valid for 30 days from date of entry; extensions of a further 30 days are possible.

Application to: Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy); see Contact Addresses section. Application forms for tourist visa cards can be obtained from certain tour operators and travel agents.

Application requirements: Tourist Visa Card: (a) One completed application form. (b) Photocopy of valid passport. (c) Photocopy of return ticket or travel agent voucher for pre-paid package tour. (d) Fee (payable in cash, by money order or check). Business visa: (a) Valid passport. (b) One completed application form. (c) Two passport-size photos. (d) Details of business contact in Cuba. (e) Letter of invitation from Cuban company, organization or institution. (f) Fee (payable in cash, by money order or cashiers check). Journalist Visa: (a) Valid passport. (b) Two completed application forms. (c) Two passport-size photos. (d) A sponsor letter from employer and a written version of your journalistic project. (e) Fee (payable in cash, by postal order or check).

Note: Once a Journalist Visa has been issued and the individual must report to the Centro de Prensa Internacional for accreditation. They should take two photos and US$60.

Working days required: Tourist Visa Card: One day (seven days for postal applications). Tourist visa: seven to ten days. Business visa: ten days (two weeks for postal applications). Journalist visa: Up to one month.

Temporary residence:
Enquire at Cuban Interest Section, 2630 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20009.  Phone 202-797-8522.  FAX 202-797-8521.

Non Cuban born  tourists traveling with CUBA TRAVEL USA need to make no special application.  The tourist card (visa) comes automatically with the airline ticket. (unless you were born in Cuba )  No one is turned down!  All American tourists are welcome with open arms!

See more information on visas for traveling to Cuba at http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/sicw/EN/ConsularServices.aspx