Where to get a visa in cuba

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  • edited 6:09AM
    Hi Offramp,

    You'll have a hard time finding flights from the US to Cuba, as travel is still highly restricted. In fact, after a quick search the only flight I found from San Francisco to Cuba was via London and Madrid! You'll be better off booking individual flights through Mexico City, and should be able to get a Cuban Tourist Card there. Be advised that it may take a few days, but that gives you the chance to explore Mexico City a bit in the meantime!
  • edited 6:09AM
    1.) Impossible for you to fly as a tourist from the US directly to Cuba. It's illegal.

    2.) From the US west coast the most popular transit point would be Mexico City or Cancun directly into Havana.

    3.) There is no Visa application. There is no wait of a "few days" for the Visa. The Cuban Tourist Card (same thing as a Visa) is available for immediate purchase from any departure point in Mexico. Everyone else on your flight will be doing the very same thing... you can't board the aircraft without it. So no worries, it's a no brainer.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 6:09AM
    Thanks for the correction Terry, good to know!
  • edited 6:09AM
    Departing from anywhere in Canada, Mexico, Caribbean or Central/South America is easy... the Tourist Card is either supplied or you're given the opportunity to purchase it. Couldn't be simpler.

    Departing from the UK and Europe is another story...

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 6:09AM
    For me, It's better to have it before going there. Because if you'll have it there it would be difficult for you to comply the things required by the embassy.
  • edited 6:09AM
    There is nothing to comply with at any Embassy. The Cuban Tourist Card is a simple piece of paper. There's no application with photos, etc. like a normal Visa.

    Where are you flying from? What is your nationality? Are you going to Cuba on a package tour or travelling independently?

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 6:09AM
    Hoping someone can help. I want to go to Cuba for a holiday,but as it is weekend now and I would fly in 2 days. Is it possible to obtain a visa or tourist card when I would land in Cuba?
  • edited 6:09AM
    Sorry I forgot to say I will be flying (well maybe) from UK. Thanks.
  • edited 6:09AM
    You will not be allowed to board the aircraft in the UK without the Tourist Card so you MUST get it beforehand.

    No one can give you any further advice though when you give no clue which airline you're flying with, whether you're on a package tour or travelling independently, which Passport you're holding and where you're located at this moment.

    Good luck.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited November 2012
    The visa will be handed to you during the flight, no need to do anything but you need to determine what type of visa you need to enter Cuba depends on the purpose of your visit. As a socialist state, Cuba is very keen on bureaucracy and this can often mean the need for a lot of patience when applying for a visa to Cuba. This is why it is very important that you determine what type of visa for Cuba you need before you start the process.


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  • edited 6:09AM
    1.) "... The visa will be handed to you during the flight..."

    That is incorrect. Tourist Cards have to be completed and presented BEFORE boarding a flight departing from the UK.

    2.) "... As a socialist state, Cuba is very keen on bureaucracy and this can often mean the need for a lot of patience when applying for a visa to Cuba..."

    Also incorrect when the trip is for a vacation. The Tourist Card is not complicated, it doesn't require any patience whatsoever.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 6:09AM
    i am a resident in turks and caicos island ,i am a philippine passport holder. and no cuba embassy in the island, do you have an idea where i can get a cuban tourist visa card? would be greatful for your advice.


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  • edited 6:09AM
    As mentioned back in Post #5 on Oct. 22nd and also in another reply on May 14th departing from anywhere in Canada, Mexico, Caribbean or Central/South America is easy... the Tourist Card is either supplied or you're given the opportunity to purchase it at the airport. Couldn't be simpler.

    Your nationality is immaterial.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 6:09AM
    Hello

    I'm a Taiwanese and plan to go Cuba on Dec via Paris, I will have 5-day stopover at Paris and take Air France to destination. Is it possible to get Cuban Tourist card in Paris or at airport ?

    Many thanks

    Ian
  • edited 6:09AM
    Air France will NOT allow you to board the aircraft without a Cuban Tourist Card.

    Figure out how to get one once you arrive in Paris. You have loads of time to acquire one. Air France, Cuban Embassy, Travel Agent, etc...

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 6:09AM
    Thank you Terry, I will try to obtain a Cuban Tourist card in Paris.

    Best Regards
    Ian
  • edited 6:09AM
    Have a great time.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 6:09AM
    hello, we are planing to fligh from Nassau to Cuba and then Cuba to Mexico. Buying a visa in the UK is very expensive, can you confirm if I can buy the visa at Nassau's airport? thanks a lot
  • edited 6:09AM
    hello, I am not interested in fake or dodgy deals, I just want to know if I can buy the visa fron Nassau airport. Thanks a lot for your answers
  • edited 6:09AM
    As mentioned back in my reply on Oct. 22nd and also in my reply on May 14th and also in my reply on November 18th when you're departing from anywhere in Canada, Mexico, Caribbean or Central/South America it's easy... the Tourist Card is either supplied or you're given the opportunity to purchase it at the airport.

    You can purchase the Tourist Card right at the airport in Nassau. Everyone else on your fight will be doing the same. You can't board the aircraft without it.

    Couldn't be simpler.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 6:09AM
    I am flying from nassau, bahamas to havana on bahamasair, which lands at terminal 2, then transiting on to mexico city 3 hours later on aeromexico which departs from terminal 3. Is there any transit visa i can acquire or would it be easier just getting a tourist card?
  • edited 6:09AM
    Sorry TimTom no clue.

    You used to not require anything if you could prove onward travel within 72 hours, but the last time I did that was several years ago so who knows what the situation is now.

    I suspect you'll be fine with nothing, but they might not even allow you to board the aircraft in Nassau without purchasing (a perhaps useless) Tourist Card from them.

    Good luck.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 6:09AM
    I have been reading your blog and find your comments very helpful. Going to Cuba for a wedding, can you clarify if we need to pre-pay our lodging before we go (live in the US but from a central american country) or can we show our reservations and itinerary for the 5 days we are staying there. (Wedding is in Cienfuegos). Thank you very much.
  • edited 6:09AM
    There are no Cuban Immigration regulations whatsoever that require you to show proof of accommodation.

    Show up with a valid Passport and Tourist Card and you're welcomed with open arms.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • edited 6:09AM
    Can Israelis travel to Cuba from Canada? Planning a vacation with my husband and leaving from Toronto. I'm Canadian and he's Israeli, will there be any problem with him entering or is it like everyone else and would he just need a valid passport and the tourist card? Thanks!
  • edited 6:09AM
    Nationality is immaterial. Everyone gets a Tourist Card when departing from Canada. It's a complete no brainer.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • I am really surprised that no one has asked this, but how MUCH is the tourist card???  Can i pay with US dollars.   Also when I can purchase it at the airport is there a time where the ticket counter closes?  Because I will arrive in mexico city late at night and i have a flight to havana via san salvador quite early in the morning.  also when i fly from san salvador i will only have 1.5 hour layover....so prob it would be best to get my visa while in mexico city right???  if you can answer this as quick as possible i would appreciate it because i would like to purchase my ticket today@!!  thanks!!
  • It's about $20 USD.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • By the way, you may not be allowed to purchase the Tourist Card in Mexico City since that is NOT your flight to Cuba.



    You will likely be told to buy the TC at the airport in San Salvador
    since that is your actual departure point for Havana. I assume you're
    flying Taca. You can buy it from them.



    Cheers,

    Terry
  • If you are travelling to Cuba you will need a Tourist Visa, also known
    as a Tourist Card, to enter the country, along with your passport.  
    Thomas Cook, MyTravel, First Choice/Thomson, Cuba Direct, The Holiday
    Place and The Scuba Place supply these as part of your package holiday
    and send them out usually around two weeks before you fly
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