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

Every visitor traveling to the republic of Cuba needs to obtain a Cuban visa or tourist card, which will allow them to stay for up to 30 days in the country. Depending on the situation, this usually could be extended for 30 extra days. Generally, visas for all nationalities cost around US$30 and can be obtained direct from your travel agent or over the counter at the Cuban Embassy. Postal visa application processing takes about 1-2 weeks. Travelers must have a return ticket, and proof that they have booked a hotel room for at least three nights.

Important Notes: The Cuban assets control regulations of the U.S. Treasury Department requires that individuals subject to U.S. jurisdiction have a license to take on in any transactions related to travel to and from and within Cuba. The US prohibits its citizens from travelling to Cuba unless they obtain a license by the Department of Treasury, usually reserved for journalists or government officials.  Although, traveltothecountry is strictly controlled and only select categories of travelers are licensable. Tourist travel is officially impossible due to the US Embargo and travel for business reasons is heavily monitored and restricted.Transactions related to tourist and business travel are not licensable. This restriction includes tourist or business travel from or through third countries such as Mexico, Canada, or Caribbean countries.US citizens who are licensed require a passport valid for at least three months and a visa for entry.

All business travelers need a visa regardless of nationality with the exception of journalists, travelers attending a conference or visitors wishing to study. Neither visa exemptions nor Tourist Visa Card facilities are relevant to foreign passport holders born in Cuba, unless holding a document proving withdrawal of Cuban citizenship.

Exit permits: Required by those whose stay in Cuba exceeds 90 days.

PASSPORTS: Passports valid for at least 6 months after the departure date from Cuba required by all nationals without diplomatic representation in Cuba.
Persons of Cuban origin who are nationals of other countries must travel with a Cuban passport if they left Cuba after 1970.

Time required for issuing a Cuban visa:

  1. Tourist Visa Card: 1 day (7 days for postal applications).
  2. Tourist visa: 7 to 10 days.
  3. Business visa: 10 days (2 weeks for postal applications).
  4. Journalist visa: 6 weeks minimum.

Application requirements:

Tourist Visa Card:

  1. One (1) completed application form
  2. US passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay
  3. Photocopy of return ticket or travel agent voucher for prepaid package tour
  4. An International Yellow Fever Certificate of Vaccination is required if arriving from infected area within 5 days

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.

Business visa:

  1. US passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay
  2. Two (2) completed 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. An International Yellow Fever Certificate of Vaccination is required if arriving from infected area within 5 days

Journalist visa:

  1. US passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay
  2. Two (2) completed application forms
  3. Two (2) passport-size photos
  4. A sponsor letter from employer and a written version of your journalistic project
  5. An International Yellow Fever Certificate of Vaccination is required if arriving from infected area within 5 days

Important Note: Journalist visas must be authorized by the Centro de Prensa Internacional del Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba.

Information gathered here are subject to change without prior notice. US passport holders traveling to the Republic of Cuba are strongly recommended to contact the following embassies prior to visit for confirmation:

Cuban Embassy in Washington DC, United States
Embassy of Cuba in USA
2630 16th St. NW
Washington D. C. 20009
USA
Telephone: (202) 797-8518 / (202) 797-8520
Fax: (202) 797-8521

Licensing Division
Office of Foreign Assets Control
U.S. Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Treasury Annex
Washington, DC 20220
Telephone: (202) 622-2480
Fax: (202) 622-1657

Cuban Interests Section (an office of the Cuban government)
2630 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: (202) 797-8518
Fax: (202) 797-8521

Consular Section (part of Cuban Interests Section)
2639 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: (202) 797-8609 / 8610 / 8615
Fax: (202) 986-7283

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