Visa policy of Cuba

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Cuban visa (tourist card) sample
Cuban entry (top) and exit stamps issued to a national of Singapore at Jose Marti International Airport

Visitors to Cuba must obtain a visa before travel or a tourist card from one of the Cuban diplomatic missions, travel agencies or authorized airlines unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.[1]

All visitors, including those with Cuban nationality residing outside Cuba, must hold valid return tickets and proof of medical insurance. Non-Cuban passport holders must also provide proof of financial solvency of at least US$50 per day. Visitors from many countries are expected to hold a passport valid for at least two months from the arrival date.[1]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Cuba.

Cuban nationals[edit]

Cuba strictly limits the number of days a Cuban national can stay outside Cuba by issuing visa-like permits to Cuban passport holders. Cuban nationals who have stayed outside Cuba for more than two years will need to obtain permission from the Cuban government before returning to Cuba, and those who are permanently residing outside Cuba need to hold travel insurance and a return ticket to their country of residence.[1]

Persons who were born in Cuba must use their Cuban passports for travelling to Cuba, unless they have official documentation to prove that they no longer have Cuban nationality.[1]

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 18 countries can visit Cuba without a visa:[1]

90 days
60 days
30 days
28 days
Undisclosed period

Travelling on Duty[edit]

Citizens of the following countries who holders of normal passports are exempt when travelling on duty:[1]

Diplomatic and Service passports[edit]

  Diplomatic and service category passports
  Diplomatic passports

Holders of diplomatic or various categories of service passports (official, service, special, public affairs) issued by the following countries are allowed to enter and remain in Cuba without a visa:[1]

D — diplomatic passports
S — service passports
O — official passports
Sp — special passports
PA — public affairs passports

Future changes[edit]

Visa exemption agreements were signed with the following countries but are not yet ratified :

  •  Kazakhstan – 30 days within year period for ordinary passports[2]
  •  Kenya – for diplomatic passports and passports for public and government officials[3]
  •  Russia – 90 days within any 180 day period for all passports on 22 May 2018[4]

Tourist card required[edit]

Citizens of all other countries are required to purchase a Tourist Card (Tarjeta del Turista) prior to arrival, which can be acquired from Cuban missions, travel agencies and airlines. A tourist card grants a maximum stay of 30 days (but 90 days for Canadian citizens), and can be extended once for the same period of time.[1]

Visa required[edit]

Citizens of the following 20 countries are ineligible to obtain a tourist card and must obtain a Cuban visa:[1]

1 - nationals of other countries travelling to Cuba from India also require a visa.[5]

However, they are eligible to travel to Cuba with a tourist card if they also hold a valid visa or permanent residence permit issued by Canada, the United States or an EU member state.[1]


Passengers in transit are exempt from visa or tourist card requirements if their transit time does not exceed 72 hours. They are allowed to enter Cuba.[1]

Entry refusal[edit]

Admission and transit is refused to nationals of Kosovo.[1]

See also[edit]