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Visa Requirements for Philippine Passport Holders – Cuba (Republic of Cuba)

Almost all foreigners who intend to travel to the country of Cuba, including Philippine passport holders, require a visa or a tourist card, unless the country of origin has special agreements with the Cuban government. A tourist card allows a stay of 30 days. Visa applications take 1 to 2 weeks to process if they are sent through postal services. Some countries like U.S. have prohibitions to let their nationals travel to Cuba unless they obtain a license, usually only given to journalists or government officials.

Nationals of other countries that are of Cuban origin must travel with a Cuban passport if they left Cuba after 1970. Neither visa exemptions nor tourist visa card facilities are applicable to Philippine passport holders born in Cuba, unless holding a document proving withdrawal of Cuban citizenship

Visas exemptions are only for:

  1. Nationals of countries who have signed special visa exemption agreements with the Republic of Cuba (contact the Consulate for further information);
  2. Tourist Visa Card holders – Only certain tour operators, airlines and travel agencies are authorized to issue a Tourist Visa Card. These Tourist Visa Cards are valid for one single trip of 30 days. This, however, can be extended once in Cuba. Conditions require that a traveler must pre-book and pre-pay their hotel accommodation in Cuba through an officially recognized tour operator. Tourist Visa Cards must be bought in the country where the trip has been arranged. All travelers must have tickets and other proof of return or onward journey unless they are holding special annotation issued by a Cuban Consulate;
  3. Transit passengers – passengers who are continuing their journey to a third country within the span of 72 hours, provided they hold confirmed onward tickets and US$50 per day.

Note:

  1. Unless holding a document proving withdrawal of Cuban citizenship, neither visa exemptions nor Tourist Visa Card facilities are applicable to foreign passport holders born in Cuba.
  2. Exit permits are required by those whose stay in Cuba exceeds 90 days.

General Application Requirements:

General requirements for Tourist Visa Card:

  1. One completed and duly signed application form.
  2. Photocopy of valid passport – passports must have at least one month remaining validity beyond intended departure from Cuba.
  3. Photocopy of return ticket or travel agent voucher for pre-paid package tour.
  4. Fee (payable in cash, by postal order or check).

General requirements for Business visa:

  1. Valid Passport. Passports must have at least one month remaining validity beyond intended departure from Cuba.
  2. Two (2) completed and duly signed application forms.
  3. Two (2) passport-size photos.
  4. Details of business contact in Cuba.
  5. Letter of invitation from Cuban company, organization or institution.
  6. Fee (payable in cash, by postal order or check).

General requirements for Journalist visa:

  1. Valid Passport. Passports must have at least one month remaining validity beyond intended departure from Cuba.
  2. Two (2) completed and duly signed application forms.
  3. Two (2) passport-size photos.
  4. A sponsor letter from employer including a written version of your journalistic project.
  5. Fee (payable in cash, by postal order or check).

Note:

  • All visas, except Tourist Visa Cards have an additional charge of $23 for expenses in connection with visa authorization. Tourist Visa Cards must be used within six months of issue. Tourist Visa Cards and Tourist and Business visas are valid for 30 days from date of entry; extensions of a further 30 days are possible.
  • Journalist visas must obtain authorization by the Centro de Prensa Internacional del Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba.

General Warning:

Travelers are warned that crime is on the increase. The most common problems are from opportunist theft and loss of travel bags and handbags containing passports and funds, etc. Therefore, travelers are advised to keep all funds separated and to keep a photocopy of your passport.

Information gathered here are subject to change without prior notice. Philippine passport holders traveling to Cuba are encouraged to contact the embassy for further consular information and confirmation:

Cuban Embassy in the Philippines

101 Aguirre cor. Trasierra Streets
Cacho Gonzales Building, Penthouse
Legaspi Village, Makati
Telephone: (632) 817-1192
Fax: (632 ) 816-4094
Email: embacuba@pldtdsl.net

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  • audrey

    Hi! Is it possible for Philippine passport holder to get tourist visa card to cuba from the airport here in italy?

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  • ian libunao

    1. The embassy in of Cuba in the Philippines has closed since 2013.
    2. Refer to Cuban embassy in Malaysia (PH is under the jurisdiction of the cuban embassy in Malaysia)
    3. a long lead time is needed to process with them. they do not respond immediately. The ask for several requirements for the visa. and you need to fedex your passport to them if you are not appearing personally. (you need to have a fedex account also because the postage must be a roundtrip postage)

    https://www.facebook.com/ianlibunao1230/posts/10153742087356576

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