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Cuba Tourist Card Information

The Cuba Tourist Card is a travel permit that allows foreign nationals to visit the Republic of Cuba.

Citizens of eligible countries can apply for their Cuba Tourist Card online. This involves completing a quick form.

Although it is sometimes referred to as a “Cuba online visa”, the Tourist Card actually functions as a Cuba visa waiver for visitors.

Travelers with a Tourist Card can avoid having to apply for a Cuba visa, which is a longer process that involves going to a diplomatic mission in person.

As its name suggests, the Tourist Card for Cuba grants entry to the country for holidays and leisure.

Once issued, the Cuba Tourist Card is valid for 180 days.

Holders can enter the country a single time during this period. Travelers who wish to visit Cuba more than once must leave and reapply for another Tourist Card.

Visitors with a Cuban Tourist Card can stay in the country for up to 30 days.

There are 2 varieties of Cuba Tourist Card.

Visitors traveling from most parts of the world will be issued with a Green Cuba Tourist Card.

Those flying from the United States must have a Pink Cuba Tourist Card.

It is important to have the correct color. If an individual with a Green Tourist Card arrives in Cuba from the US, they may be denied entry.

Foreign nationals who wish to stay longer or move to Cuba cannot do so with the Tourist Card. Similarly, those who plan to do business in Cuba or engage in other non-tourist activities must have an appropriate visa for Cuba to do so.

Travelers in these situations cannot apply for a Cuba visa online. They should enquire at the nearest Cuban embassy or consulate.

Highlights
Valid for 180 days
Grants a single entry
Allows the holder to stay for up to 30 days
Permits visits for tourism and leisure
What Is Necessary?

Passport with at least 6 months’ validity

Email address

Credit/debit card

Cuba Tourist Card Requirements

International visitors must meet the Cuba Tourist Card requirements to successfully apply.

These are much more straightforward than the Cuba visa requirements, making the Tourist Card application process quicker and easier.

Travelers must provide the following items:

  • Valid passport issued by an eligible country
  • Current email address
  • Method of payment (credit or debit card)

The passport must continue to be valid for at least 6 months after the visit to Cuba.

The applicant must remember to travel with the same passport they register in the application.

The email address is needed to receive the Cuba Tourist Card.

Once the application is complete, the visitor must pay a small fee to process their Cuba tourist visa waiver.

Upon arrival in Cuba, visitors must present a physical copy of the Tourist Card.

They must also show the following items:

  • Travel itinerary
  • Proof of travel insurance

These are not necessary for the online application; only when arriving in Cuba.

Application Steps

STEP 1
Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa

Covid Update for Cuba

Last update: 21/07/2021

All travelers heading to Cuba must have a printed negative coronavirus RT-PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before arrival. Exceptions apply to passengers arriving on Air Canada (AC), Air Transat (TS), Sunwing Airlines (WG), or West Jet (WS) flights. Those arriving from Poland may have their negative RT-PCR test result issued within 5 days before arrival. A completed “Declaración de Sanidad del Viajero” must also be submitted when they arrive. Passengers will undergo medical screening and receive a coronavirus PCR test upon arrival. They are also subject to quarantine. All passengers are also required to pay a health tax of USD 30 USD or equivalent. Passengers traveling to Cayo Coco (CCC) or Varadero (VRA) must have a reservation for a tourist arrangement. For Cuban nationals, this must include a 14-day period of self-isolation. Flights from Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago are currently suspended, except for humanitarian flights.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Cuba Visa FAQ

  • Do I need a visa to visit Cuba?

    Travelers from most countries do not need a Cuba visa to visit the country as a tourist. However, the majority of visitors must have a Cuba Tourist Card, which can be obtained online.

    Citizens of a small number of countries must instead apply for a Cuba tourist visa at an embassy or consulate.

    Nationals of a few countries may visit Cuba for short periods of time without a visa or a Tourist Card.

    Use the visa checker at the top of this page to find out the requirements for your nationality.

  • What is the Cuba Tourist Card?

    The Cuba Tourist Card is a travel permit that can be obtained online. It allows the holder to visit Cuba on holiday for up to 30 days. It is an entry requirement for the majority of tourists.

  • Which countries can visit Cuba without a visa?

    Nationals of most countries can visit Cuba as a tourist without a visa. In most cases, they will need to have a valid Cuba Tourist Card to do so. This allows them to stay for up to 30 days.

    Use the visa checker at the top of this page to learn whether you require a Cuban visa or Tourist Card.

  • How long is the Cuba Tourist Card valid for?

    The Cuba Tourist Card is valid for 180 days from the date of issue.

  • How long can I stay in Cuba with the Tourist Card?

    Visitors with a Tourist Card for Cuba can stay in the country for up to 30 days.

  • What is the difference between Green and Pink Tourist Cards for Cuba?

    The Pink Cuba Tourist Card is issued to travelers who will fly to Cuba from the United States. The Green Tourist Card is issued to travelers arriving from other countries or on cruises.

    It is important to apply for the correct color Tourist Card. Travelers who plan to change flight on their journey should be especially careful — the last flight determines which color card they need.

    For example, if the traveler flies from London to Miami and then from Miami to Havana, they will need a Pink Cuba Tourist Card because the last airport they flew from was in the US.

  • Can I obtain my Cuba visa online?

    No, there is no Cuba online visa currently available. However, the majority of foreign nationals do not need a visa to visit the country on holiday. Instead, they must apply for a Cuba Tourist Card. This can be done online. Visitors must simply fill in a quick form.

  • Where can I apply for a Cuba Tourist Card?

    International travelers can get a Cuba Tourist Card online by completing a simple application form. This takes a matter of minutes.

  • How do I apply for a Tourist Card online for Cuba?

    Eligible travelers must complete a quick online questionnaire to get a Cuba Tourist Card. This involves providing some basic personal and passport information, along with contact details. It is important to provide a current email address to receive the approved Tourist Card.

    The visitor must also provide some details about their travel plans, including the date they plan to depart for Cuba, their point of embarkation, and their accommodation (if applicable) in Cuba.

  • How long will my Cuba Tourist Card take to process?

    Cuba Tourist Card applications are usually processed quickly, within a few business days.

  • Do I need to print a copy of the Cuba Tourist Card?

    Yes, travelers must present a physical copy of the Cuba Tourist Card upon arrival at Cuban immigration control.

  • Is the Cuba Tourist Card valid for multiple entries?

    No, the Cuba Tourist Card permits a single entry only.

  • Is the Cuba Tourist Card easy to get?

    Yes, it is very easy to get a Tourist Card for Cuba. Simply complete an online application form, providing your basic personal, passport, and contact details, along with your travel plans. The Cuba Tourist Card is then received by email.

  • What do I do if my Cuba Tourist Card is denied?

    The most common reason for the rejection of a Cuba Tourist Card application is that there were small mistakes or inconsistencies in the data provided. It is important to double-check all answers before submitting the online form.

    In the event that an application is denied, travelers are advised to reapply, taking care to avoid errors.

  • How can I check my Cuba Tourist Card status?

    Applicants will receive updates about the progress of their Cuba Tourist Card application by email to the account provided.

  • Do I need travel or health insurance to be granted a Cuba Tourist Card?

    Travel insurance is not needed to complete the application for a Cuba Tourist Card. Travelers can apply for and receive the travel permit before they get insurance.

    However, visitors with a Cuba Tourist Card must have travel insurance to enter Cuba. They must produce proof at border control and present it along with their Tourist Card.

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