Immigration Procedures - Useful Informations

All visitors must have a valid passport in your name and a visa issued by an embassy or consulate abroad or Cuban Tourist Card, except in cases of countries with which Cuba has visa-free agreements.


Tourist Visa or Tourist Card


Customs Regulations Travel to Cuba
Customs Regulations Travel to Cuba

The tourist visa or tourist card is valid for 30 days, extendable to six months. If the arrival is by boat crews should contact the port authorities before entering territorial waters (12 nautical miles from the island platform). Communications with the port authorities may be established by the channel HF (SSB) 2760 National Coastal Network, and 2790 Tourist Network, or VHF Channel 68 for the National Coastal Network or Channel 16 for the Tourist Network. Arriving in Cuba, immigration offices do not put the entry and exit stamps on the passport, but on the tourist card or visa wheel.Cuba is the most open country in the world in terms of migration. 

Every citizen of any country can travel to Cuba without any immigration restriction, including Americans. Excluded persons persecuted by the international activities related to drug trafficking, terrorism or other crimes.All business travelers (except journalists, attend conferences and who wish to study in Cuba) need a visa regardless of nationality. For this type of visa is necessary to make a prior request in the commercial office of the Embassy of Cuba once the application has been approved you will manage the visa at the consulate.Those born in Cuba who have a passport of another country shall be excluded except or visa or tourist card, unless they have documents proving they are not Cuban.


What do you need to travel to Cuba?

1- Air ticket (back and forth).

2- Valid passport, valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the country.

3- Tourism or visa card.

The Cuban-born persons who are citizens of other countries and left Cuba after 1970, must travel with a Cuban passport.


Where to buy your Visa? What is the ticket price?

The tourist card or visa, you can purchase the airlines or travel agencies where you buy your ticket to travel to Cuba. It can also be purchased at Cuban consulates and embassies in their country of origin. It costs about $ 24.00 CAD or 22.00 euros and Business Visa about $ 112.00 CAD or 55.00 euros, depending on the country where you buy it.

The tourist card or visa is not consulted. One must ask, pay and deliver it immediately. (Check that the card has the stamp of the airline company or consulate who sold it in the back).

The tourist card or visa is initially valid for 30 days. If you wish, you may request an extension of 30 days. This management should make you personally in the immigration office in Havana or in the city where you are. For this extension will pay about $ 25.00 CUC.

important: Do not forget to purchase a tourist card or visa. No airline will let you board the flight if she does not have time for your trip. You can not get to any airport or border post without having previously acquired Cuba tourist card or visa, return to their country of origin.


Special Visas

Journalists: If you are a journalist and traveling as a tourist and not going to do any professional work, you can use a regular tourist card. If you are professional press, radio or television and travel to Cuba in order to do journalism, photography, film, etc., Must obtain a visa type D-6 at the consulate or embassy of Cuba in their country of origin and be duly accredited in the International Press Center in Havana. Of violating this rule, will struggle to fulfill its task.

Other professionals / longer stays: If the purpose of your trip is for work, business, health or education, and staying for more than two months, it is desirable that serve a special visa at the Cuban consulate in their home country . In some cases, you can travel with an initially normal tourist card and in Cuba, the institution with which you will interact, will guide and help you arrange a visa for longer stay.


Departure taxes of Cuba

The Cuba departure tax is $ 25.00 CUC. This what you pay at the airport after you check in counter of the airline.