Cuba: Visa and Passport Requirements
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A passport must be valid for at least two months after the entry date for those without diplomatic representation in Cuba.
Persons of Cuban origin who are nationals of other countries must travel with a Cuban passport if they left Cuba after 1970.
Neither visa exemptions nor tourist card facilities are applicable to foreign passport holders born in Cuba, unless holding a document proving withdrawal of Cuban citizenship.
Visas for Cuba are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except transit passengers continuing their journey to a third country within 72 hours, providing they hold confirmed onward tickets and have US$50 per day.
The required tourist card allows the holder to stay in the Cuba for 30 days and is valid for a single entry. You must provide proof of an accommodation booking.
Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
Nationals of the USA (1) are subject to the Cuban assets control regulations enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC; www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/pages/cuba.aspx).
Types and cost:
Tourist card: £15; business visa: £41, plus £19 processing fee for either.
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.
Consulate (or consular section at embassy) in person or by post. You can obtain application forms for tourist visa cards from certain tour operators and travel agents or from the consulate/embassy.
Up to four weeks.
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 through your hotel reception or with the immigration department.
Entry with children:
Parents travelling with minor children may be required to show proof of parental rights or guardianship.
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 will need an international (or in the case of licensed travellers from the USA, a state) veterinary certificate, executed no more than 10 days before travel to Cuba and proof of rabies and distemper vaccination.