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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Passports

A passport valid for two months after departure from Cuba is required by all nationals listed in the chart above.

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 the Cuba for 30 days and is valid for a single entry. You must provide proof of confirmed return flight and booked accommodation.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa note

Nationals of (1) the USA 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 if applying by post, courier or third party.

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.

Application to

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.

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 through your hotel reception or with the immigration department.

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 rabies and distemper vaccination.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Cuba
Telephone: (7) 214 2200. Website: http://www.ukincuba.fco.gov.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0800-1530.
Embassy of Cuba in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7240 2488 ; (020) 7379 9582. Website: http://embacuba.co.uk/englishFiles/consuladoin.htm Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1230.
Cuban Tourist Board in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7240 6655. Website: http://www.travel2cuba.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

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