Visa policy of Cuba
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. 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.
Visitors from many countries are expected to hold a passport valid for at least two months from the arrival date.
Visa policy map
- Visa-free regime also applies to holders of diplomatic or service passports issued to nationals of Albania, Algeria, Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina1, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brazil1, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cambodia, China2, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador1, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran1, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Mali, Mexico1, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, North Korea, Panama, Paraguay, Peru1, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Slovakia1, Slovenia, South Africa1, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam2, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
1 - diplomatic passports only. 2 - also appies to the holders of Passport for Public Affairs
Travelling on Duty
Citizens of the following countries are exempt when travelling on duty:
Citizens of the following 20 countries are ineligible to obtain a tourist card and must obtain a Cuban visa:
1 - nationals of other countries travelling to Cuba from India also require a visa.
However, they are eligible to travel to Cuba with a tourist card if they also hold a valid visa or residence permit issued by Canada, the United States or an EU member state.
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.
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 a return ticket to their country of residence.
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.
- "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Flightworx. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- Kazakhstan, Cuba sign the agreement on visa-free trips
- "Passport and visa requirements". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Flightworx.