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The different types of visas needed to enter Cuba

Apr 22 , 2024

Cuba is still a very attractive travel destination worldwide, its architectural and natural beauty and investment opportunities are just some of the many reasons why people from all over the world are drawn to the island. Although Cuba is a country very open to tourism and immigration, it maintains strict laws and procedures to ensure the safest and most organized flow in and out of the country. The requirement of special visas to enter the country is one of the methods used to ensure this control over the movement of people into and out of Cuba. However, there is not just one type of visa, but several, each with its own characteristics and depending on the purpose of the trip.

What types of visas are available for Cuba?

The visas to travel to Cuba are:

  • Tourist
  • Family trip
  • Journalist
  • Student
  • Business
  • Medical treatment

The most commonly issued visa for travel to Cuba is the tourist visa, which covers short stays on the island and does not include the possibility of studying or working in Cuba. Thanks to its simplicity, the procedure or process of its acquisition is not so complicated.

Each visa takes into account the characteristics of your trip and the purpose of your stay in Cuba, therefore the requirements are different in each case, as well as the application process.

The following is a summary of the main types of visas that are required to travel to Cuba, and the requirements for obtaining them.

Tourist Visa

  • Health insurance
  • Plane ticket

Business Visa

  • A business permit issued by the commercial office of the Cuban embassy in the country from which you are traveling.
  • Health, accident and repatriation insurance policy

Journalist Visa

  • Permission from the press office of the Cuban embassy in your country of origin.
  • Letter of sponsorship from employer in Cuba
  • An inventory of the technological equipment to be imported for the purpose of the journalistic work.
  • Letter stating the purpose of your trip
  • Health, accident and repatriation insurance policy

Visa for family travel

  • Apply for a permit at the Cuban embassy or consulate in the country from which you intend to travel.
  • Provide evidence of your familiarity with the person you are visiting.
  • Health, accident and repatriation insurance policy

Student Visa

  • Birth certificate
  • Transcript of Records
  • Spanish Language Certification (for non-Spanish speaking students)
  • Medical certificate less than six months old, including blood work, AIDS test and chest x-ray

Work Visa

  • Consulate or embassy permit
  • Documentation of your ability to do the job
  • Financial stability evidence
  • Physical and mental health certificate

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