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  • edited 10:11PM
    Thanks Terry

    Regards

    Tony
  • edited 10:11PM
    Have fun Tony.

    (And of course I meant to say, "No one can board the aircraft withOUT it."

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    I'm an Australian travelling to the US under the visa waiver program. Then intend to visit Cuba via Mexico or Bahamas. I need to return to the US before returning to Australia. Will I have an issue returning to the US after Cuba ?
  • edited 10:11PM
    No.

    The US CBP doesn't care about Cuban travel for non US citizens residing outside the US.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Many thanks, Terry.
    Merry Christmas!
  • edited 10:11PM
    I have a UK passport but live in Ireland, can you tell me the best way to get the Tourist Card/Visa please
  • edited 10:11PM
    It depends entirely on how you're travelling to Cuba. Are you flying on an all-inclusive package or independently?

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Hi Terry, haven't decided yet, trying to see if I can do the bookings myself as travel agents seem rather expensive! Do you know anything about car hire there?
  • edited 10:11PM
    1.) The reason I asked is because with most package tours the Tourist Card is included, but if you're flying independently you have to arrange the TC on your own and you are NOT allowed to board the aircraft without it. ( Thomas Cook, MyTravel, First Choice/Thomson holidays & Cuba Holidays Direct supply usually supply it, Cubana or Virgin Atlantic may not.) If you can easily get to an Embassy/Consulate then here's a service that works very well:

    https://secure.visacuba.com/pages/home.aspx

    2.) A rental car is by far my favourite way to discover Cuba, but it IS NOT for everyone though! Here's a few thoughts...

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147270-i91-k3817263-Rental_Cars_in_Cuba_My_Favourite_Way_to_Travel-Cuba.html

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Typo above... " If you CAN'T easily get to an Embassy/Consulate then here's a service that works very well..."

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Thanks Terry, I was looking at fares and the best I am getting is €1400 for 2 ex Dublin with Air France so I may go down the travel agent route after all. I haven't looked at the hire car links yet but my husband is a very good driver who loves a challenge so it might be our thing! Have you any recommendations for Havana?

    Many thanks
  • edited 10:11PM
    I'm an Australian travelling to the US under the visa waiver program. Then intend to visit Cuba via Mexico or Bahamas. I need to return to the US before returning to Australia. Will I have an issue returning to the US after Cuba ? can any one help me in this ? plx
  • edited 10:11PM
    1.) migsy, before you get too excited about car hire be sure to read my link above... car hire is NOT for everyone, especially with the Viazul Bus supplying very decent service between all the tourist spots and with local taxi hire so inexpensive.

    2.) Kate Lee, your questions was answered several posts above. No, it is not an issue for a non-US citizen/resident to visit the US after being in Cuba.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    i'm a israeli traveler ,can i get visa to cuba from montego bay,jamaica with my israeli passport ?
  • edited 10:11PM
    Yes.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Hey there. I'm a South African Citizen currently living in Saudi Arabia with a Residence Permit with my British husband. I need a visa for the UK when we go over there, but will I be able to also get a TC in the UK while we are there on holiday so we can go straight from our holiday in the UK to an extended holiday to Cuba? Don't know yet whether we will take an all inclusive package or purchasing our plane tickets online, but should we do it ourselves, would I be able to get a TC in the UK (perhaps at the airport?)
  • edited 10:11PM
    Hi Terry

    Thanks for your link for the Visa and all other info. Can you advise on travel between Cayo Coco and Havana and costs.
  • edited 10:11PM
    Hi Terry, am processing my visa now. Do you know anything about the flights between Caya Coco and Havana - the guy I am dealing with in Havana says they are not very reliable, delays and cancellation at short notice? The alternative he is quoting is quite pricey so thought this might be a b etter alternative.
  • edited 10:11PM
    Hi Terry,

    Have you had any feedback from anyone successfully managing to purchase a Cuban tourist pass at Heathrow airport? The 'cuba tourist visa online' company have informed my that they don't have enough time to post a tourist card to me in Australia nor are they willing to send it to my London hotel.... any suggestions? Thanking you in anticipation!
  • edited 10:11PM
    No clue what the situation is at Heathrow, but I would NOT be showing up without the Tourist Card in hand. That's too big of a risk.

    1.) How long will you be in London?

    2.) Which 'Cuba tourist visa online' company have you been talking to?

    3.) Which airline or tour operator are you flying with from Heathrow to Cub?

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Hi Terry,

    Thanks for your response:

    1. I'm only in London overnight - no time to go to the embasssy directly unfortunately...

    2. cubaism website told me that they won't post to a hotel and visacuba.co.uk require that I have booked at least 3 days accomodation with them to be able to purchase the tourist card through them

    3. I'm flying with Iberia from Heathrow to Havan (via Madrid)

    I've seen a post that Virgin Holidays at Gatwick airport sell them and am seriously hoping that at least one operator at Heathrow will do the same.... any other suggestions?

    Cheers,

    Mish
  • edited 10:11PM
    Wow, I'm really disappointed with the response you received from https://secure.visacuba.com/pages/home.aspx They are an excellent organization but that 3 nights minimum hotel purchase is crap, there's no way they should be treating you differently than they handle UKers.

    Do you have a stopover in Madrid? If so, try to buy the TC there. When you land in Heathrow try again. I'm sure you can get it somewhere at Heathrow but it would be so much better to have it in your hand before the departure day, in other words, have it when you go to sleep in London.

    Hit the Virgin, Thomas Cook and Thomson Tour Agents at Heathrow, they're supplying TCs to all their package tour clients, surely you can score from one of them.

    Lastly, try posting here: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowForum-g147270-i91-Cuba.html

    I don't know what else to say... Good luck...

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    hello my friends...
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    Mish,

    I have posted the question for you over on Trip Advisor. Check it out here:

    http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g147270-i91-k5347944-Tourist_Card_at_Heathrow_Possible-Cuba.

    Hope you get a good answer...

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Mish, the answers at the above link aren't looking very good thus far for Tourist Card purchase at Heathrow.

    1.) Are you still in Australia? Can you get one from the Cuban Embassy in Sidney?

    2.) Where will you be in Europe? Can you get one from a Cuban Embassy there?

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Hi Terry,

    Thank you for all your help!

    I'm only in transit in Madrid for a few hours.... looks like I'll have to get on the phone to the booking agents at Heathrow on Monday and hopefully find one who is willing to help me. Failing that I'll try visa.cuba again on Monday and pick it up from a friend's house in London as soon as I arrive. THank you again!h
    Cheers,

    Michelle
  • edited 10:11PM
    Have fun, and good luck.

    If you need help in Havana, talk to this guy:

    http://www.cuba-junky.com/havana/pototo.htm

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    I am an Australian traveling to Cuba in Sept departing from Toronto,Canada with Air Canada. Will I be able to purchase tourist card at airport still rather than applying thru consulate in Australia?
  • edited 10:11PM
    Cecelia, your question has been answered many time throughout this thread.

    The Tourist Card is a complete non-brainer when departing from Canada. It MUST be supplied to you by your Airline, Tour Operator, Travel Agent, etc. With Air Canada they hand it out to you on the aircraft. The TC is included with the price of your ticket.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    hi im a dominican passport holder and im travelling to cuba in october. we bought all incl holidays in uk but travel agent told me i need an extra visa not only the turist card. is that right?
  • edited 10:11PM
    hi im a dominican passport holder and im travelling to cuba in october. we bought all incl holidays in uk but travel agent told me i need an extra visa not only the turist card. is that right?
  • edited 10:11PM
    hi im a dominican passport holder and im travelling to cuba in october. we bought all incl holidays in uk but travel agent told me i need an extra visa not only the turist card. is that right?

    THANKS
  • edited 10:11PM
    Your Travel Agent is an idiot.

    All you need to enter Cuba is your Passport and the Cuban Tourist Card. Period.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Hi Terry,
    I am an Australian passport holder and travelling to Cuba with my Canadian girlfriend. We are booking an all inclusive resort holiday including airfare and accomodation, and flying Air Canada. I assume we will be receiving the Cuban Passport Card on flight? Also, do you know if my nationality affects my eligibility for an all inclusive holiday from Toronto?
  • edited 10:11PM
    For info, Copa Airlines sell tourist cards at check in or the departure gate in Guatamala Airport and and Panama (Tocumen) Airport for $15, and probably in other airports too.
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  • edited 10:11PM
    Hey terry ,



    I am in the US and would like to take a direct flight from Miami to Cuba . I have an Egyptian passport . Can it be done ?
  • edited 10:11PM
    1.) "... I am an Australian passport holder and travelling to Cuba with my Canadian girlfriend. We are booking an all inclusive resort holiday including airfare and accommodation, and flying Air Canada. I assume we will be receiving the Cuban Passport Card on flight? Also, do you know if my nationality affects my eligibility for an all inclusive holiday from Toronto?..."

    Yes, your Tourist Card will be included in your holiday package. No worries.

    No, your nationality is utterly immaterial. You'll be treated the very same as everyone else.

    2.) "... I am in the US and would like to take a direct flight from Miami to Cuba . I have an Egyptian passport . Can it be done?..."

    No.

    All flights between the US and Cuba are open only to US citizens with an OFAC licence to travel to Cuba.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Dear Terry,
    I saw somebody already asked you about the possibility of getting a tourist card at CDG in order to fly to Havana with Air France. This person thought it was possible. Do you know if this is an option? I´m planning to fly next Wednesday from Paris and don´t have a visa yet. Many thanks.
  • edited 10:11PM
    No clue, but Air France will NOT allow you to board without a Tourist Card so be sure to get this sorted...

    Good luck.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 10:11PM
    Thanks Terry. I'll make sure I get it before flying to Paris,
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