Visa policy of Cuba

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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] 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]

Visitors from many countries are expected to hold a passport valid for at least two months from the arrival date.[2]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Cuba.

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 18 countries can visit Cuba without a visa:[1][3]

90 days
60 days
30 days
28 days
Undisclosed period

1 - diplomatic passports only. 2 - also appies to the holders of Passport for Public Affairs

  • Visa exemption agreement was signed with  Kazakhstan but is yet to be ratified.[4]

Travelling on Duty[edit]

Citizens of the following countries are exempt when travelling on duty:

Visa required[edit]

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.[5]

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.[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]

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 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]

Entry refusal[edit]

Admission and transit is refused to nationals of Kosovo.[6]

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