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  • Hola buen dia,

    I am a UK citizen working in Mexico and I would like to visit Cuba and then return to Mexico. What's the best way I should go around doing this?

    Kind regards

    Nathan
  • edited March 2014
    Don't know where you're located, but Mexico City is a way better gateway offering Aeromexico, Interjet and Cubana than Cancun only crappy last choice Cubana.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Hi everyone,

    I'm going to Cuba, then Panama and then Cuba again in a few weeks time, flying from the UK. This means I need two tourist cards. I can get one from London, no problem, but I have been told that I will need to get the second one from Panama. From Panama to Cuba I will be flying with Copa Air.

    Does anyone know if they sell tourist cards before boarding? Also can you buy a tourist card on arrival into Cuba? I've read online that it is possible just to buy one at Cuban immigration but just wondering if someone else has done this?

    Thanks
  • You buy it from Copa. They won't allow you to board the aircraft without it.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • if you have any querry about tourist card, then ask it from the embassy they will guide you properly. as fas as the currency is concerend, the ciurrency is CUC
  • Cuban Embassies are in general a horrible source of information. They run Tourist Card scams all the time.

    There are two currencies in Cuba, the CUC which will handle almost all transactions for tourists and the CUP which is handy to have for street snacks, etc.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Hi Terry, I know you have discussed it a lot on this thread and I understand that i am travelling to Colombia, Aruba and Mexico and it isn't a problem just to get a tourist card from any of these destination airports when I'm heading to Cuba, correct yes?.........also am I correct to assume that I need proof of insurance and where I am staying in Cuba?........ Also do I need proof of onward travel from cuba or they won't let me in the country?

    Thanks in advance

    Seany.
  • Tourist Card, no worries, yes, you can purchase it from the departure airport in all those countries.

    Technically you require health insurance, but it's rarely requested. You can buy it on arrival from Asistur for 2.50 - 3.00 CUC per day.

    The accommodation requirement was dropped years ago.

    Technically they require proof of onward travel - and proof of funds $50/day - but I have never heard of it being requested unless you show up looking like a stereotypical dreadheaded trustafarian backpacker.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Thanks for the advice, it's appreciated

    Seany
  • Bon dia,

    Resident of Curacao since 3 years with Belgium nationality.

    I flight with copa airlines from Curacao to Cuba with a transition in Panama. According to former posts i can buy the visum at the airport in Panama. I only have 52 min there before my flight to Cuba, so i assume that obtaining a visum will go fast there?
    Will they let me departure on Curacao without the visum? I can not seem to get a straight answer on the airport here.

    Thanks for the advice.

    Hopi danki
  • Since your entire flight is on Copa you'll have no problems, they will give you the opportunity to purchase the Tourist Card.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Thank you for the quick response Terry.
  • Hi Terry just to reaffirm, I can definitely get my health insurance from Asistur when I arrive yes?
  • Thanks again Terry.
  • Hello, I was wondering if I could get some advice as well. My boyfriend and I are travelling to Cuba from the UK in November and our tour operator has offered to issue the tourist cards for us but they asked us to confirm with the embassy whether tour operator issued tourist cards are acceptable for swiss (me) and syrian (my boyfriend) nationals or whether we need to get them from the embassy directly. The embassy has been very vague so I am trying to understand whether there is actually any difference at all between the operator issued and embassy issued tourist cards?

    Thanks.
  • There is zero difference.

    And that is a VERY odd question coming from your Tour Operator... I would take everything they say with a grain of salt... they do not appear to be knowledgeable about Cuba...

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Hello Terry,

    Me and my friend are travelling to Mexico and would like to go to Cuba for a few days during that time. We are flying from London and were told our airline Thomson airways will provide us with a tourist card. Can this tourist card be used for Cuba as well as Mexico please? Thank you in advance :)
  • I doubt Thomson will provide you with a Cuban Tourist Card when you're not flying to Cuba with them, but who knows. Maybe they'll sell you one at the airport when you depart the UK.

    In any case it's fast/easy to simply purchase one at the departure airport in Mexico. Everyone on your flight will be doing the very same thing.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Sorry Subs, I misread your question. The Mexican & Cuban Tourist Cards are of course completely different. You'll buy the Cuban Tourist Card when you depart Mexico for Cuba.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Hi Subs,

    Terry is right about the tourist card for Cuba, but there is no such thing as a tourist card for Mexico. If you are using UK passports you don't need visas for stays of up to 180 days.
  • Anya, UK citizens don't require a Visa to enter Mexico as a tourist, but they (and everyone else) require a Tourist Card for stays of more than 72 hours. You can purchase it right at the port of entry, no worries.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Thanks for clearing that up Terry!
  • It's easy to confuse Visas (a real legal document) with a Tourist Card that's simply a piece of paper that acts as a "tax" to enter the country.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Hello Terry and friends,

    Thanks for all this information, it is really useful. Even though i still have one doubt.

    I'm Spanish, travelling to Cuba from the US through Mexico, i read your comments before and i will get the tourist card in Mexico DF airport, then my question is:

    Do i need a hotel already booked and a travel/medical insurance too? I've read that, besides the tourist card, both are required to get into Cuba, is that true?

    Thank you

    Victor
  • Hi Victor,

    1.) Accommodation was a requirement many, many years ago. No longer.

    2.) Technically Health Insurance is a requirement to enter Cuba, but in actuality the regulation is directed towards Cuban Americans and Americans - other foreigners are almost never asked to provide proof of insurance.

    That said... unless you have a very deep wallet you're kinda nuts travelling to a foreign country without extended health insurance... if you were to have a medical emergency it can quickly become crazy expensive.

    There is very affordable Cuban medical insurance available upon arrival: http://www.asistur.cu/

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Hi Terry
    I m french and I live in the UK. 
    I'm in Canada for work for 2 weeks and at the end of Oct, i'll be flying to Cuba for 1 week (Montreal Varadero/ Varadero Montreal). 
    I did not apply for tourist card before getting to Canada. Can I get one at Montreal airport before flying to Cuba ? thank you for the feedback! 
    Caroline
  • Departing from Canada the Cuban Tourist Card is always included in your airline ticket, no worries.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Excellent, thanks a lot Terry! 
  • Terry
    Last question; I'm flying with Air transat. The travel agent (travel pack) has just me advised tourist card was included in my flight. i'm confused now. will i be able to purchase a tourist card in montreal airport if travel pack is right?  thank you
  • No worries, as I said above the Cuban Tourist Card is always included in your airline ticket. Departing from Canada means zero hassle with the Tourist Card. Don't worry about this for one second!

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Hi,

    I am a Slovenian and fly to Cuba from Venice, via Frankfurt and Toronto, with Air Canada.

    Will I be able to fill out the Visa application card on the plane (Toronto-Havana) or it is better to get Visa before departure in Europe? Some say they were be asking to see the tourist card (visa) before they leave Europe. Does anyone know something about that? 

    Thanks in advance!


  • Your Cuban Tourist Card is included in the cost of your Air Canada flight from Toronto to Cuba. It will be given to you on the aircraft after you depart Toronto.

    This is a complete no brainer. There is nothing to worry about.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Cuban Embassy in New Zealand charge $80 for a tourist card, and still require you to state your accommodation for at least the first 3 days! Needless to say, I will get one in the Bahamas.
  • The Cuban Embassies in Australia and New Zealand have always been total scammers.

    There is ZERO need to acquire the Cuban Tourist Card in advance when departing from Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

    Have fun.
  • Hello, 
    I am planning on traveling to Cuba from Asia via United Kingdom I am holding American passport, I would like to know if all airlines with service to Cuba hand out tourist card, is there a tourist card point at London airport, where I live there is no Cuban Embassy.  Also, is it safe for Americans to buy the air ticket online (to Cuba) since we'll be inputing all personal information, is there anything else I need to process beside the tourist card.

    For my friend who holds an Argentine passport planning on flying to Cuba from Madrid, he needs to know if there is a tourist card point at this airport.  

    Will appreciate very your help.
    Thank you!
  • Whether the flights departing from the UK and Madrid supply the Tourist Card depends on the airline, tour operator and whether you're flying on a package tour or flying independently. When you give zero info it's impossible to guess.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Hi everyone, I am from Singapore and flying to Cuba via Sao Paolo. I will be taking a Copa airlines flight, and am wondering if they issue the Tourist card on this flight? Do i just obtain it at the check in counter?
    Thanks lots in advance for the advice!
  • I doubt very much that there is a flight from Sao Paulo to Cuba. I assume you'll transit via Panama and as mentioned many times throughout this thread you'll purchase the Tourist Card at the airport before you board the flight.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • Thank you for the info!

    Yes we transit in Panama but only a 1 hour transit, so am worried i won't be able to buy it in time. So was hoping to buy it in Sao Paulo.

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