Entry / Exit Requirements
In general, tourists entering Cuba must hold a VALID PASSPORT, a Cuban Tourist Card, a travel insurance with medical coverage, a valid return ticket, and sufficient funds to meet their minimum financial needs during their stay. Please note that citizens of certain countries may need a special Visa or license, check with the Cuban Embassy or Consulate in your area, or with your travel agent.
Cuban Tourist Card (tourist visa) :
To travel to Cuba, the majority of tourists (unless they come from a visa exempt country) needs a Visa-Tarjeta del Turista. It's usually provided by airlines, travel agencies, or tour operators. It can also be obtained at any Cuban airport and port, and in Cuban embassies and consulates. This tourist visa is typically valid for up to 30 days (90 days for Canadians); and it can be extended for another 30 days (90 more for Canadians) once in Cuba for an additional fee. In order to extend your tourist visa, you must personally go to any immigration office in the country. More information on the Tourist Card in our Cuban Customs & Immigration page.
Health insurance :
Since May 2010, all visitors to Cuba must have an insurance that covers medical expenses in order to enter the country. Upon arrival, travelers may be required to present a proof of medical coverage valid for the entire period of their stay, in the form of an insurance policy, an insurance certificate, a medical assistance card, etc. Visitors without medical insurance may be required to obtain one upon entry through ASISTUR S.A. (www.asistur.cu), the Cuban travelers' aid company; they have an office in every Cuban Airport. More information on ASISTUR travelers' insurance here: www.asistur.cu/SEGOB_ENG.pdf
Health screening: Note that during wide-spread flu virus (or other viral disease) outbreaks, it is common to see fever detection sensors in Cuban airports to detect people with elevated body temperature; and it is sometimes required to fill out a health declaration form upon arrival. Filling this form is usually not required when no epidemic has been reported. In some cases, you may be quarantined for up to 7 days for medical observation if you are believed to have symptoms of a serious illness (such as from the Dengue, Ebola, H1N1 and Zika viruses), if you have come in contact with a suspected carrier of one of these viruses, or if you're arriving from a country with known epidemic.
Return/onward ticket and proof of financial solvency :
You may be asked to show a return or onward ticket when entering Cuba.
Non-Cuban passport holders, especially travelers entering Cuba with air-only tickets (no prepaid accommodation), may have to show that they have sufficient funds to meet their minimum financial needs for the duration of their stay; that is at least the equivalent to 50 CUC ($50 USD) per day.
Special Visas :
If you are planning to work in Cuba, you need a Business Visa.
If you are planning to study in Cuba, you need a Student Visa.
Departure Tax :
NEW PROCEDURE FOR THE DEPARTURE TAX: Since May 1st 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax is no longer paid at destination. It's now already included in the taxes when buying a flight or vacation package to Cuba.
(Before May 2015, the 25 CUC departure tax was payable at the airport when leaving Cuba.)
For U.S. citizens and U.S. residents :
For the latest information on Cuba travel restrictions, US sanctions against Cuba, regulations, OFAC license application, etc. please visit the Department of Treasury webpage on Cuba sanctions and their FAQ webpage on Cuba; or consult your travel agent.
Lily & Normand