For most of the world, there are no problems getting a Cuba travel visa. The main exception is the United States. With travel restrictions in place for that country, you cannot legally travel from the USA to Cuba. More on that later.
For anyone from the UK, Australia, Canada or other European countries, you only need a current passport and a tourist visa to come to Cuba. If you are traveling from another country, you should check with a local embassy for requirements.
Getting a Visa
You can get an application for a visa card from any embassy or consulate, but if you are arranging your trip through a tour operator, they may have the forms you need. There is a fee of around 15 GBP ( or $24 USD) for the card, which is good for 30 days. You can apply for extensions while in Cuba, if necessary.
Do not plan on flying to Cuba and arranging a hotel once you arrive. You must provide contact information for your hotel or resort on the Cuba travel visa application. You will also have to provide proof that you have arranged for return travel out of Cuba.
Just Passing Through?
If you are not planning on staying in Cuba, and arrive mid-journey on the way to another destination, you won’t need a visa to enter the country. You will have to plan on leaving Cuba within 72 hours, have proof of your onward travel plans (such as purchased airline tickets) and cash equal to $50 USD for each day you will be in Cuba.
For any Americans interested in visiting Cuba, you should read through the section on American travel to Cuba to understand the restrictions, and possible travel options for United States citizens.
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