Travel Requirements

It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. All countries or regions have special requirements for persons intending to reside for extended periods (usually more than 90 days) or who plan to work, study, or engage in non-tourist activities. To obtain information on specific entry requirements, contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) to be visited. Violations of entry and exit requirements may result in serious penalties.

The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Cuban authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveller's responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba or its consulates for up-to-date information.

Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for participants and companions. The passport must be valid for at least one month beyond the date of your expected departure from Cuba. Participants and companions must carry a tourist card (or visa) as well. The tourist card is generally provided by tour operators or airlines.

  • Tourist card or visa: Required
  • Personal visa: Required

Documents Required Upon Entry

Upon entry into Cuba, it is recommended that visitors have a return air ticket and evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of their stay. Travelers arriving with "air only" tickets must show that they have sufficient funds to meet their minimum financial needs (equivalent to CUC 50 per day for the duration of the stay).

There are new regulations with respect to health insurance. Participants are encouraged to seek for up-to-date information in your specific case. A short notice is included in our site.

Airport Tax

There is a mandatory airport tax of CUC 25 payable only in Cuban convertible pesos.

Imports and Exports

Imports and Exports Articles prohibited from entry into Cuba include drugs, explosives, pornographic material, literature considered subversive, perishable food items, radio transmission equipment, wireless microphones, radio and TV receivers differing from household models, GPS devices, satellite receiver antennas and stations, air conditioners, and small appliances that draw heavily on electricity. Such items are routinely seized on arrival without compensation.

Cuban customs officials may also seize any imported item that they do not consider to be for the tourist's personal use.

Cuban customs may apply steep tariffs for travelers whose personal baggage exceeds 30 kg or who are carrying more than 10 kg of medication. For detailed information on import and export requirements, please refer to the Cuban Customs Web site.