Cuba visa process

Cuba: The Tourist Visa Process Made Easy

August 2, 2022

Cuba is inviting, warm, and buzzing with a colourful, nostalgic energy, and that’s my we couldn’t resist expanding here. The Caribbean destination is now our 15th (and number four in the Americas) and we’re ready to welcome your travellers here with unique product offerings. While some of our agents and partners may already have experience with Cuba, some of you may only now be offering the destination or looking to do so in the future. For those, we’d like to provide some information on the simple tourist card application process and entry regulations for visitors.


Tourist card for US citizens

When it comes to US citizens visiting Cuba, a few special regulations apply. The itinerary that they follow during their visit must meet one of 11 criteria (formerly 12), which Discova has ensured in our packages (an itinerary will always meet at least one of those criteria in order for the tourist card application to be accepted and authorised).

The application and cost of the tourist card for US travellers (and other international travellers flying to Cuba from a US airport), is already included in packages purchased with DISCOVA. The card(s) will be sent to the travellers days or even weeks before their trip, or hand-delivered at the airport if flying out of Miami International Airport (MIA). You, the agent, will therefore not have to worry about any of the administrative work involved in organising the card. The tourist card is valid for 30 days, and can be extended for a second 30-day period.

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Tourist card for travellers from other regions

Travellers from Europe or Latin America can typically purchase their tourist card directly from the airline with which they’re flying to Cuba. This costs 25 USD to 75 USD, and some airlines, like Canadian ones, already include this amount in the airfare. The tourist card is then provided to all passengers during the flight.

In cases where specific airlines do not include this service, travellers (or you on behalf of your clients) will have to purchase the card prior to travel to Cuba on the visacuba website, or alternatively can be purchased at the airports by the airlines. As a last resort option, the tourist card can also be purchased on arrival, but most airlines will not let people board and fly unless they have already obtained it.

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Further information

  • American Airlines currently operates flights from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Havana (HAV), but has now been granted approval to fly from MIA to five more airports in Cuba – Camagüey (CMW), Holguín (HOG), Santa Clara (SNU), Santiago de Cuba (SCU), and Varadero (VRA). These flight services will launch in early November 2022. The permission comes after President Joe Biden overturned a ban that existed on passenger flights between the US and Cuban airports (with the exception of Havana).
  • Only a minority of countries (around 25 nationalities) will need to apply for a Cuban visa instead of a Cuban tourist card. Most tourists visiting Cuba will instead apply for a tourist card for entry, with the exception of a select few who require neither the tourist card nor the visa.
  • Travellers are not required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result to enter Cuba, but visitors may be randomly selected to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on arrival. Travellers are recommended to wear masks on public transportation and in public places where it is not possible to keep a distance. Travellers are required to wear masks in medical consultations, and in hospitals. For more details, please refer to our Destination Updates page.

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