Despite what most Americans are told Cuba is not a difficult place to visit. But in order to do so legally, you must make sure to heed all applicable laws and warnings and obtain all proper travel documents.
If you are considering travelling to Cuba please review the following table carefully to determine the passport, visa and return ticket requirements that are applicable to citizens of certain nations. There are numerous other requirements applicable to visitors to Cuba, which all prospective travelers to Cuba should be prepared to follow.
Persons of Cuban origin who are nationals of other countries must travel with a Cuban passport if they left Cuba after 1970.
Neither visa exemptions nor Tourist Visa Card facilities are applicable to foreign passport holders born in Cuba, unless holding a document proving withdrawal of Cuban citizenship.
Passports valid for at least six months after the departure date from Cuba required by all nationals referred to in the chart above without diplomatic representation in Cuba.
Required by all required by all nationals of countries referred to in the chart above except:
(a) transit passengers continuing their journey to a third country within 72 hours, provided they hold confirmed onward tickets and US$50 per day.
Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements (see General Info).
Required by those whose stay in Cuba exceeds 90 days.
Types of Visa and Cost
Tourist Visa Card: £15. All other visas: £36 (plus a £15 processing fee.)
Tourist visa card: 30 day stay, within 180 days of issue; further 30 day extension available in Cuba. Business: 30 days.
Consulate (or consular section at embassy); see General Info. Application forms for tourist visa cards can be obtained from certain tour operators and travel agents or downloaded from the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in the UK (see General Info).
Working Days Required
Tourist visa card: One day (seven days for postal applications). Tourist visa: 48 hours. Business and Family visa: 72 hours (two weeks for postal applications). Journalist visa: six weeks.
Most visits to Cuba are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Travelers are warned that crime is on the increase. The most common problems are from opportunist theft and loss of travel bags, handbags, etc containing passports and funds. It is advisable to keep all your funds separated and to have a photocopy of your passport.
In view of serious accidents that have involved tourists, visitors are advised not to use mopeds or three-wheel Coco-Taxis for travel around Cuba.
The hurricane season in Cuba normally runs from June to November.
There are outbreaks of dengue fever in Havana and other parts of Cuba which the Cuban government is treating as a major health threat to the population. The Cuban authorities are taking extensive measures to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito which transmits the disease to humans.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organizations for the latest travel advice:
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: (0845) 850 2829.
US Department of State