Cuba Entry Requirements

This Cuba Entry Requirements is the list of documents and arrangements you need to have in place in order enter Cuba without problems. Because I am from Canada, the list safely covers all Cuba Entry Requirements for Canadians. There is a 99% chance that regardless of where you are from, the entry requirements will be the same for you too. However your country could have some special arrangements (good or bad) made with Cuba so the specifics could vary for you. It is imperative that you consult with nearest Cuban embassy to learn if anything that’s not on this list is also required.

Remember – it is always your responsibility to ensure that you have everything you need to enter the country. This list of entry requirements to Cuba is a guide to help you make sure you are not missing anything. The entry requirements are subject to change anytime without notice. Always double check with Cuban embassy for most up to date requirements.

Also remember – regardless of which country you are travelling to, it is always the prerogative of that particular country to determine who is granted entry and who is not. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. Let’s take a look at entry requirements for Cuba. Here’s the list of what you need to get in:

Passport

It’s the most important and the only official and widely recognized travel document. Certificate of citizenship is not a travel document. When it comes to Cuba in particular, passport is absolutely mandatory. Every tourist MUST have a passport and your passport must be valid for at least one month beyond your intended departure from Cuba.

Tourist Card

As per Cuban government requirements, every foreigner travelling to Cuba must have valid visa. If you’re travelling to Cuba as a tourist, the Tourist Card will be your visa. Canadians tourists get the Tourist Card form their tour operator and it is included in price of the ticket.

If you’re visiting Cuba on a privately organized flight, or if you’re departing from country other than Canada, consult closes Cuban government office to purchase the Tourist Card from them. Some airports and travel agents sell Tourist Cards as well so it is possible to obtain one form them. The cost varies based on the region, but expect to pay an average of $30.

Note – Tourist Card only allows entry for tourists. It is illegal to engage in business activities when travelling on a Tourist Card. Business, Persona and Student visa are available for persons looking to undertake respective activities. Read more about it below:

Visa

Unless you’re visiting Cuba as a tourist, you will need to apply for visa with Cuban government office in your country of residence. Travellers who are intending to stay at a private residence in Cuba may need Personal Visa. Travellers who are intending to do business in Cuba, may need Business Visa. If you’re looking to study in Cuba, you will need Student Visa.

Unlike the Tourist Card, Visa gives you further privileges while in Cuba, but must be applied for. It is again sole prerogative of Cuban government to decide is issued visa and who is declined.

Return Air Ticket

Most tourists travelling to Cuba had purchased an all inclusive holiday. That includes a return air ticket, an accommodation and provision of food and drink for the duration of your vacation. If you had purchased an all inclusive vacation, you will likely travel on a flight carrier owned by your tour operator and they will provide you will sufficient documents to prove that you have an all inclusive vacation in Cuba paid for. In this case you may not need to prove anything further to the customs officials.

If you hadn’t purchased an all inclusive vacation, it is advisable to have a return air ticket upon entry to Cuba to avoid possible problems.

Sufficient Funds

If you’re an “air-only” traveller to Cuba, customs officials may also require you to provide evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay in Cuba. That means that you must have an equivalent of at least CUC$ 50 per day of your stay.

Travellers with Children

If you’re travelling with children, you may be required to provide evidence of parental/custodial rights. If you are not the parent or legal guardian of a child you’re travelling with, the authorities (on both sides of border) may require you to provide evidence that child’s parents or legal guardians consented to child’s travel with you.

Any underage children travelling to Cuba without parents may need special letter of consent. It is absolutely essential to contact the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in your country prior to departure to make sure you are familiar with specific requirements for this type of travel.

ONCE AGAIN: I am Canadian and I know the above listed entry requirements are applicable to bearers of Canadian passport. I am not familiar with bilateral agreements between Cuba and other countries of the world. You should always check with the foreign affairs office of your country to get yourself familiar with specific requirements relevant to your country to ensure you have what you need to get to Cuba without problems.

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59 Responses to “Cuba Entry Requirements”

  1. rashid mehmood Says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I along with my friends live in Spain , we all belong to Pakistan ,one of
    ourfriend has told us that the Republic of the Cuba is really a
    wonderful land to visit.
    Now we all wish to visit Cuba.Please send me a complete check list to
    proceed the tourist card for one week.

    With Regards,

    Truly yours,

    Rashid Mehmood.

  2. rashid Says:

    dear sir
    i m rashid from pakistan,we living in spain ,we want vist to cuba withe my group plz sand infarmations about tourist card.
    thanks

  3. `Ade Says:

    Hello sir/ma
    i wish travel t Cuba for the propose of tourist only with my girl friend, after reading you web page i got to know that i will need to get tourist card in other to make the trip.. my question is this can we get the card from you. We want to come around April thank you .

  4. Fred Oliver Says:

    Please advise if an indvidual holding a valid New Zealand passport but with landed immigrant status in Canada needs a visa.

  5. helia Says:

    Hello ,I already bought the tickets to tarvel to cuba however I am a landed immigrant with a canadian PR card. I have my Iranian passport . I wonder if any thing else is needed to travel. I did go to cuba in Jan 2008 with the same situation and had no difficulties but since every thing changes I am not sure if it is the same . I CAN NOT REACH THE EMBASSY OF CUBA SINCE THEY ARE ALL ON HOLLIDAYS AND DON’T ANSWER THE PHONE.
    MAY I GET SOME HELP PLEASE?
    I have my tickets for Jan/09/2010

  6. catherine Says:

    Hi

    My daughters friend is a resident here in England, he has a pakistani passport and a student british visa, what document would he need and where to send it to obtain a cuban tourist card for our holiday in Nov. Many thanks Cathy

  7. sylwia Says:

    Hi I’m from Ontario, underage and want to travel to Cuba with a few friends soon. Is it possible to go without parental supervision? Also, we aren’t old enough to have a Visa so does that affect anything..? Thanks.

  8. lewis Says:

    I am a canadian. I just married a cuban wife in Feb. Can Igo visit her with a one way ticket. What docs. do I need How much and how long

  9. Kristijan Kozul Says:

    Hello, I`m permament resident of Canada and as that I have Canadian Travel Document ( looks same as a pssport) till I get my citizenship, my question is may I visit Cuba with that passport and permament card as well ? Thank You

  10. KALPESH Says:

    I m permament resident of canada and i have indian pssprot and pr card can i travel with this document or i need visa?

  11. DHANPAUL Says:

    Hi

    Iam a permenent resident of Canada with a valid PR card and would like to go to Cuba for 1 week vacation..since I have a Guyana passport and i am a Citizen of Guyana living in Canada would I be able to enter Cuba.

  12. shawn Says:

    Hi I am a permenent resident of Canada and have a valid PR card I would like to go for 1 week vacation to Cuba since I have a Guyana passport(Citizen of Guyana) can I still travel to Cuba? I live in Canada.

  13. Sharjeel Says:

    Hello,

    I’m a permanent resident of Canada (holding a valid PR card) and I have a Pakistani passport (Pakistani citizen) and I would like to know whether or not I will require a visa to visit Cuba? If I do, what are the required documents and how long does the procedure take? I’m planning on leaving on October 9th, 2010.

    Kindly advise.

    Thank you,
    Sharjeel

  14. Marie Says:

    Hi there,

    A constant question asked lately is whether or not a Canadian citizen with a criminal record can vacation in Cuba?? Looking for a concrete response. Thanks!

  15. Himshikha Ghai Says:

    Hi

    Me and my spouse are going to be married on 28th Nov and we wish to travel to Cuba for our honeymoon for about 10 days. We both hold Indian Passports.

    Are there any Visa Requirements if we have our hotel bookings and Return Tickets with us?

    Please reply.

    Regards

  16. Gary G Says:

    The Cuban Tourist Board at http://www.gocuba.ca/ says:

    Passport
    “Every tourist should have a valid passport issued on his or her name and a tourist card (the tourist card is available with the airline at the airport). It is important for you to know that the Canadian passport should be valid for at least one week after the return date. If you are planning to work, do business or study in Cuba you need a visa; please contact Consulate General of Cuba.”

    Passport only needs to be valid one week after return date, not one month.

  17. anne frank Says:

    I am a travel agent I have 3 students( 17 year old) travelling to Cayo Coco March 10, other than a valid passport, do they require anything else.

  18. christina enkirch Says:

    Hello.
    I am a German Citicen (German Passport) and live as a permanent resident in the US.
    Visiting CUBA would I be treated as a German
    or wouls I be seen as a US citicen with all the nown restriction, etc.etc.
    Thank you for your kind responds–

  19. Carly Says:

    Hello, I am a British Citizen studying in Canada. i plan to vacation to Cuba for Spring Break. Is there anything I will else I will require to enter the country other than my passport and a tourist card?
    Thank you

  20. Mendigo Says:

    Hello, I live in Canada and I know I need a valid passport to visit Cuba. Last year Cuba required insurance proof to enter. My friend told me that is no longer the case.

    Can you let me know if I do need it to enter Cuba?

    I have insurance through work is this enough, I have a card and if I need help when I am abroad I have to call to get permission to be treated.

  21. christina enkirch Says:

    Hello.
    I am a german citizen with german passport and
    living in the US as a permanent resident.
    Entering cuba on my german passport. Can I expect problems because of my permanent residence hier in the US?
    Thank you for your kind responce.

  22. Gabyn Nelson Says:

    Hello,
    I’m a german citizen living in Canada as a permanent resident and valid PR card. I would like to travel to Cuba as a visitor. What visa do I require?
    Thank you, Gaby

  23. Mendigo Says:

    Hello, Gabyn Nelson you can contact the Consulate General Of Cuba in Toronto with this e-mail: cubacon@on.aibn.com
    I did contact the consulate to ask if I need health insurance to enter and they answer, so you can put you question to them by e-mail.
    I hope you get your answer.

  24. Nidah Dara Says:

    Hi, I am a Pakistani Citizen but reside in Canada with a valid PR card. We are going to Cuba for a school trip (as a tourist) and I Was wondering if I need a Visa for Cuba, and what travel documents I need.
    Thank You

  25. Abdirahaman Says:

    Hi i’m somali student who planning to go in cuba for studing spanish language so can you give me more infromation..

  26. gurjant singh Says:

    Hi i am Indian passport holder and my wife have valid student visa of UK and I am permanent employee in UK company.we wish to travel to Cuba. but requirements to get visa and entry of Cuba please send us a check list.
    Waiting your reply,

    Kind regards.

  27. Patrick Wakabongo Says:

    Hi!

    Iam a from Congo and i am a canadian permanent resident. I have a canadian travel document for residents and i was wondering if i can travel to cuba without any problems. Thank you for your help.

  28. Leila Says:

    If you are a landed immigrant with PR card. What travel documents are required to enter cuba?

  29. ’Mikdad Says:

    Dears
    I’m Iraqi Nationality, and Immigrated in CANADA since Oct. 2011, Id like to visit CUBA next year as visitor is there any required for VISA, and how is the procedure to apply for that if it is required

  30. GT Says:

    Hi

    I am a permanent resident of Canada with a valid PR card and would like to go to Cuba for 1 week vacation..since I have a Guyana passport and i am a Citizen of Guyana living in Canada would I be able to enter Cuba?

  31. Dennis Says:

    Hi, If a cuba has permanent resident status in canada but carries a cuban passport what is required to visit cuba for 2 weeks and return to canada with no problems at the airport.
    dennis

  32. hosam tallat Says:

    انا طالب مصرى واحمل جواز سفر سارى واريد ان اسافر الى كوبا سياحة لمدة اسبوع ولكى اتعرف على كيفية الدراسة بها
    ارجو معرفة شروط السفر الى هافانا وكيفية الحصول على التأشيرة وشكرا

  33. hosam tallat Says:

    I am an Egyptian student and I carry a valid passport and I want to travel to Cuba for tourism one week or 10 days and know study in cuba University
    Please see the conditions of travel to Havana and how to get a visa and thanked

  34. Amritpal Says:

    Dear i am indian with canadian pr card holder, do i need visa for cuba, please send me the information thanks

  35. Ahmed H.Hassan Says:

    Dear
    Good day to you ,i am a Diving Instructor living in Egypt , i want visit Cuba like a tourism tour we can say for2 weeks .so if you please can you tell me what can i do or i need for git a visa
    Thank you

  36. tammy Says:

    hi i am canadian we are planning to travel to cuba in feb some one has an impaired charge will this stop him from entering cuba

  37. jeannie Says:

    my boyfriend has a criminal record, will he be able to enter Cuba with his valid passport or will he require other documents……time is of the essense, please reply as soon as possible.thanks

  38. Froso Says:

    I’ve tried the Greek consulate and the Cuban consulate and no luck. I’ve been trying this whole week. My family is going to Cuba on Jan 7th,2012. My husband has a Greek passport and is a permanent resident of Canada. All passports and cards are valid. Besides the tourist card, is there anything else he needs to get to go on vacation for 1 week?

  39. Anna Says:

    My fiance has a criminal record from 8 years ago. We have passports, but will his past cause us to be turned away in Cuba?

  40. christina enkirch Says:

    Hello.
    Where can one find the responce to these 39 questions.
    Thank you.

  41. tayyeb Says:

    sir
    i am pakistani business man want to explore cuba market for my business at present i ahave no contacts in cuba, plz advise from where i get business invitation letter for my visa

    looking for tayyab

  42. shelley Says:

    my husband has a criminal record, will he be able to enter Cuba with his valid passport.

    thanks

  43. Loubna Haddaoui Says:

    i have a Moroccan passport and i am a permanent resident of Canada. All my documents are valid. Besides the tourist card, is there anything else i need to get to go on vacation for 1 week?

  44. HLG Says:

    I am curious as to whether Cuba will deny admission to a Canadian citizen that has a pending misdemeanor criminal charge in the US. Or, if there are any special requirements in order to be allowed entry.

  45. darren Says:

    What do Ukraine citizens need to go to Cuba?

  46. ateeq Says:

    Hello,

    I’m a permanent resident of Pakistan and I have a Pakistani passport (Pakistani citizen) and I would like to know whether or not I will require a visa to visit Cuba? If I do, what are the required documents and how long does the procedure take? or can i apply for student visa application how and when my age is now 41 years old. I’m planning on leaving on October 9th, 2010.

    Kindly advise.

    Thank you,
    Ateeq

  47. ateeq Says:

    Hello,

    I’m a permanent resident of Pakistan and I have a Pakistani passport (Pakistani citizen) and I would like to know whether or not I will require a visa to visit Cuba? If I do, what are the required documents and how long does the procedure take? or can i apply for student visa application how and when my age is now 41 years old. I’m planning on leaving on October 9th, 2012.

    Kindly advise.

    Thank you,
    Ateeq

  48. Shakil Says:

    Hello,
    I’m a permanent resident of Canada (holding a valid PR card) and I have a Pakistani passport (Pakistani citizen) and I would like to know whether or not I will require a visa to visit Cuba? If I do, what are the required documents and how long does the procedure take?
    Kindly advise.
    Thank you,

  49. ateeq Says:

    hi i am mr ateeq i belong to pakistan so i want know about cuba what r the basic requirement to enter the cuba and is there any possibility to find out some suitable jobs there

  50. ateeq Says:

    hi is there any local lady from cuba to guide me how i can apply for visit visa application

  51. Mary Jean Says:

    My mother was born in Cuba. She left the country in 1957 and is now a Canadian citizen. Does she need a special visa to re enter Cuba? If so, where do I get the document? How do I apply and how long does it take to be cleared?

  52. ateeq Says:

    hi mr. ateeq want to know is there any local lady who can guide me what are the basic requirements to apply visit visa of Cuba. is there any possibility to avail this facility to enter the Cuba. if any women know about that she can be call me on my cell phone 00923004748459.

  53. Priscilla Says:

    hello
    I am currently resisding in ireland on a student visa. I am originally from Mauritius Island. Please advise if i need a visa to get into Cuba??

    Thanks

  54. John Says:

    Hi,
    I am planning a trip to Cuba. I have a criminal record. Will I be able to enter Cuba with my valid passport?

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  58. Pat Palangio Says:

    Are WALKIE TALKIES now allowed in Cuba if they are registered on entering and leaving ?

    THs Pat

  59. Happy Says:

    @ Pat, as far as I know, they are indeed not allowed. I don’t know how strict the customs officials are about those, though. Sometimes turning the head away is not a big deal.

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