Getting a Cuba tourist card

edited January 2011 in - Cuba
I am planning on a possible 14 night all inclusive break in Cuba with my partner - how do we obtain a tourist card? also what is the currency in Cuba and can it be brought before you leave the u.k.?
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  • edited July 2011
    1.) If you're on an all-inclusive package deal then your Tourist card will be supplied to you by your Tour Operator.

    2.) Everything you need to know about Currency Exchange is here in the 6th post:
    currency exchange in Cuba

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    hi,
    im from australia and travelling from mexico to cuba for two weeks. am i able to get a tourist card from the airport in mexico before i leave?
    thanks.
  • edited 3:11AM
    Jen,

    Yes, you can buy a Cuban Tourist Card right at the airport in Mexico, no worries.

    (Do NOT listen to the Cuban Embassy in Sidney, they will insist you purchase the Tourist Card from them before you depart from Australia. Don't listen to them, it's an expensive scam.)

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry

    Jose Raul: That's a really useless post.
  • edited 3:11AM
    Hi,

    Im a UK citizen travelling to Cuba from Panama City in April for a 2 week break, would it be possible for me to get a tourist card at Panama city airport or do I need to visit the embassy and obtain a visa?

    Thanks,

    Alex.
  • edited 3:11AM
    Dear Alex,

    Unlike departing from the UK or Europe the Cuban Tourist Card is a simple issue when departing from the Western Hemisphere.

    You will always either be given the Tourist Card as part of your ticket or be afforded the opportunity to purchase the Tourist Card right at the airport when you're departing from Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela and wherever else I'm forgetting.

    Bottom line: No worries... everyone on your flight in Panama will be purchasing the TC right at check-in. No one can board the aircraft with it.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    JEN FROM OZ,
    Make sure you take Canadian/Euros/Pounds Dollars with you to Cuba.
    This is very important!
    Have fun
  • edited 3:11AM
    Jen, there are Credit and Debit Cards that work fine too, no need to take all your budget in foreign currency cash...

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147270-c109329/Cuba:Caribbean:Money.Exchange.html

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    I AM FLYING FROM AMSTERDAM TO HAVANA WITH MARTINAIR IN TWO DAYS TIME. I BOOKED FLIGHT ONLY, BUT HAVE INDEPENDENTLY BOOKED ACCOMODATION FOR MY FIRST THREE NIGHTS IN HAVANA. CAN I JUST PURCHASE A CUBA TOURIST CARD AT SCHIPHOL, ONCE I PRODUCE INSURANCE, PROOF OF ACCOMODATION FOR PART OF TRIP AND RETURN FLIGHT?
    THANKS
    AOIFE
  • edited 3:11AM
    1.) Proof of accommodation in Cuba is not a requirement for a Tourist Card.

    2.) Proof of Insurance also has nothing whatsoever to do with acquiring a Tourist Card.

    3.) I have no clue what facilities are available at Schiphol to purchase the Tourist Card directly or if Martinair makes arrangement for you to purchase the Card directly from them, but you MUST confirm this before you arrive at the airport. There are some departure points in Europe where it is not possible to purchase a Tourist Card and it 's not possible to board the flight without it.

    You need to call Martinair right now and confirm one way or another of they supply the Tourist Card. If you have problems getting through to them or their info is sketchy then get in touch with Anja here: http://www.cuba-junky.com/ She is based in Amsterdam and knows Cuba intimately. Whatever she tells you will be fact.

    Good luck.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    Hi,
    I am an Australian traveling to Cuba from Paris CDG, I have a ticket with Air France purchased via the internet, not a travel agent.
    Any ideas where I get a tourist card in CDG, or can I get one through Air France?

    Thanks,

    Possy
  • edited 3:11AM
    Air France will NOT help you. They'll laugh as they deny you boarding because you don't have a Tourist Card.

    Contact these guys to see what they suggest... perhaps there is now a place at CDG to buy the Tourist Card...

    http://www.cuba-junky.com/index.html

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    I'll give them a try, though I had heard you can buy a Tourist Card at the airport, I just had no idea where to start looking.

    Thanks,

    Possy.
  • edited 3:11AM
    "... though I had heard you can buy a Tourist Card at the airport..."

    ============================================

    Never trust ANYTHING you "hear" about CDG in general and Air France in particular - only depend on info from solid sources.

    Good luck with your research.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    Hi, i am goign to cuba with arkefly (dutch airline from amsterdam) .....the airline includes tourist cards....however the site states that this applies to dutch and belgian nationals. I am british...can i use the tourist card provided by them or are there any exta requirements??
  • edited 3:11AM
    All nationalities are issued the same Tourist Card, no worries.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    Hi, i am from Colombia, and i want to go to Cuba with some friends, they are from SriLanka and Venenzuela. We have the resident card from Canada, but we dont know if we just can travel there with our native passaport and the resident card, or if we have to get any visa to get in to the country??
    We are gonna buy the package online, but we are also afraid if some of us cannot get in to the country.

    I hope you answer my question!!
    Thanks!
  • edited 3:11AM
    Read my post above from March 20th.

    No problems.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    Sorry... meant to say March 30th.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    Hi there,

    I am an australian passport holder travelling from Vancouver to Cuba. I have conflicting information about obtaining a tourist card/visa for travel to cuba. You have stated that this can be purchased from the airport of departure in canada, but on the www.cuba-junky.com website it says to contact the nearest cuban embassy to obtain this. It would be great if you can indeed get it when departing, as consulates and embassy can be a pain and time consuming, I leave in two weeks, so I want to be sure I have the right info!

    Cheers if anyone can clarify!!!
  • edited 3:11AM
    Dave, Canada is the easiest country in the world for obtaining a Cuban Tourist Card. Your airline or tour operator MUST supply you with a Tourist Card. It's a no brainer.

    Tranquilo and have a great trip.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    Hi there!. I'm cuban but my husband and my son are turkish passport holders. We'll fly Dubai-London-Havana from Virgin Atlantic. Is there any possibility for them to get the Tourist Card at Gatwick Airport in London before departing?, or can they get it on arrival in Cuba?. We do not have enough time to buy the tourist card from any cuban consulate. Any information will be appreciate it. Thanks in advance!
  • edited 3:11AM
    Talk to Virgin. I have a feeling they might not supply Tourist Cards but perhaps there's an option to purchase one elsewhere at the London Airport. You will NOT be allowed to board the aircraft without a Tourist Card so do NOT leave this to the last minute. Get on the phone right now!

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    I just did some checking and it's a fairly sure bet that Virgin does NOT supply Tourist Cards for independent travellers.

    Get this sorted ASAP.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    Hi Terry,

    You seem very up to speed with all things Cuba tourist card related... So I just wanted to ask whether I will be able to obtain a tourist card at San Jose airport in Costa Rica before I fly to Cuba in 3 weeks time? As I am currently in Mexico and won't be able to visit my homeland (UK) Cuban embassy before the flight...

    Apologies if you have already answered this question before, but I just wanted to be 100% sure before taking the flight!

    Thanks

    Scotty
  • edited 3:11AM
    1.) To the Moderators of this Forum: Please do not edit my posts to include promo of your forum. In my Reply #2 above you edited my response to include, "... Also see the Word Travels overview to money and currency in Cuba..." That link has (in my opinion) incorrect info regarding Money Exchange in Cuba and I do NOT endorse that link so I fail to see why you would arbitrarily add this info to my personal reply. If you want to post a link then why didn't do you it using a new reply? Why attach it to my reply?

    2.) Scotty: From My Reply #4 above to Alex: "... You will always either be given the Tourist Card as part of your ticket or be afforded the opportunity to purchase the Tourist Card right at the airport when you're departing from Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela and wherever else I'm forgetting..."

    So, no worries getting the Tourist Card in Costa Rica.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    Thanks a lot Terry - much appreciated!

    Scotty
  • edited 3:11AM
    Have fun, Scotty.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    Hi Terry, point taken on the links in your posts, my apologies, and this is now removed.

    I would *really* appreciate it if you could tell us what info needs changing in the Cuba section? Hope to hear back from you.

    Thanks, Dave
  • edited 3:11AM
    Thanks Dave.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 3:11AM
    Hi Terry
    We are Australians and are flying Montego Bay to Havana with a stopover and flight change in Grand Cayman - with Cayman Airlines
    The Cuban embassy in Australia says we must purchase the Cuban Tourist Card from them before we leave Australia at a much inflated price. Cayman Airlines have said by email we can purchase the card from their counter at Grand Cayman Airport when we check in for the flight leg to Cuba
    Can you advise further on this?
    Thanks
    Alan
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