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Cuba visa for Indians

Cuba visa information for Indians (and anyone else)

The visa for Cuba is rather controversial since there isn’t much information about it on the internet. So here’s my attempt at dispelling all doubts regarding entry requirements into Cuba for Indians.

We travelled to Cuba in January 2012. Since we flew in from Mexico, we were able to purchase what they call a tourist card. This costed us 250 Mexican Pesos (approximately USD 20). The tourist card is available to anyone regardless of nationality. You simply buy it, fill in your details and you’re ready to arrive in Cuba. Present it at immigration in Cuba and they’ll let you in with a stamp on it. You need to keep this card with you until you leave Cuba.

 

The tourist card acts as your visa for Cuba.

 

You can also purchase the tourist card on board most flights to Cuba. If you’re flying in from another location, make sure you confirm with the airline that they do indeed have the cards available.

If not, you can also purchase them just before immigration when you arrive at Havana airport.

Just be careful to not make any mistakes while filling in your card. If you make an error, you will need to purchase a new card.

So there you have it. No prior visa is required for Indians (or anyone else) traveling to Cuba. All you need is your passport, USD 20, and the spirit to enjoy a country that is truly unique in this day and age of globalization!

 

Update – 20th Oct 2016:

There’s been a lot of speculation about whether this possibility still exists or not. Several readers have posted their experiences below. However, one of our readers did recently manage to buy the tourist card in a Mexican airport and then visit Cuba. So, it appears that this is still possible.

 

Note: You will have to pay a 25 CUC (25 USD) departure tax when you leave Cuba. Everyone has to pay this at the airport, there are ATMs and currency exchange Cadeca’s at the airport – the counter does not accept cards though.

 


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164 Comments

  • Andrew Butchers Says

    It is not possible to buy the tourist card on most flights. Most airlines do not allow you to board without a tourist card.

    • Ashray Says

      Hi Andrew. Most flights leaving from latin america will sell you a tourist card. Also, like I mentioned in the above post, you can actually buy it at the airport in Havana when you arrive. You just need to convince the airline of this little detail ;) I’m sure it can be done as they can call Havana airport and confirm in the worst case scenario. You just have to be confident of the info you have, and my info is 100% accurate at the time of writing.

      • Qinghui Ji Says

        Hi Ashray,
        Thank you for the information. I have a Chinese passport, live in San Francisco (not a us resident). Do you mean I have to go to Mexico CIty/other cities in Mexico to get a tourist card for Cuba? I don’t really mind and if that’s the only option.

        And do they sell in the airport? or on the plane?

        Thanks again for helping..
        Q

        • Ashray Says

          Hi Qinghui

          They actually do sell the tourist card on arrival in Havana airport (the counters are right before immigration). The only issue is convincing your airline that you’ll buy one when you get there. (some airlines are very picky about things like this..).

          Since you’re in the US, you can’t actually fly directly to Cuba. This means you’ll either go through Canada or Mexico. Wherever you go through – you should be able to buy the card at the airport failing which you can always buy it when you arrive at Havana airport. I don’t think they sell cards in-flight but it’s definitely a possibility – usually they’ll sell it to you at the check-in counter at the airport of your departure.

          Hope this helps! Enjoy your travels in Cuba!

          • QInghui Ji Says

            Hi Ashray,

            Thank you for the reply. So you mean no need to apply for visa in advance? What is said on the Cuban Embassy website is totally useless. I emailed them also and they replied with a form and instruction in spanish that I need to fill out…

            If I buy my tickets online, I don’t think they check whether I have a visa or not so it should be fine.

            Again thanks for helping.
            Q

          • Ashray Says

            I’m quite sure that nobody (regardless of nationality) needs to apply for a visa in advance as long as you buy the tourist card.

            Also, it’s not when you buy your tickets that the airlines hassle you. It’s at the check-in counter that they usually check your documents. However, if you’re flying through Canada or Mexico, they will sell you the tourist card right there.

            As a Chinese national, I think you’re also exempt from the departure tax in Cuba – not totally sure about that though.

          • vasukiraj Says

            hi am vasu am from bangalore india .. am planning to visit cuba in a couple of days .. where can i buy a teavel card from in india .. do i hv to go and gv a personal interview in the embassy ??

          • Ashray Says

            Hi Vasu

            How are you going to travel to Cuba ? If you’re flying via UK, Canada, or Mexico, you can buy the card there before you board your flight to Cuba. Alternately, you can also buy it at immigration when you arrive in Havana. Hope this helps!

        • Mohamed Says

          What’s it like? I have spent a grand total of 4 weeks in Cuba. 2 one week and atnoher 2 weeks atnoher time. I lived like a native not a tourist.Cuba is a very poor country. It looks unkepted. Most homes look like they are falling apart. There is nothing to buy in the stores. The cars look like wrecks. The sidewalks are busted up. And everyone wears jeans.Life is dreary in Cuba. The place shutsdown at night. There is nothing to do. Entertainment on TV is poor. About the only thing to look forward to in Cuba is rerun of old American TV shows or movies.There are no commercial ads anywhere. Not on the streets or TV or radio. You go place to place and the only ads you do see are political slogans. There is no commercialism. No McDonalds or Burger Kings or Starbucks.Many women try to score with foriegn men in the hope that they can marry their way ou of Cuba. And many men try their best to sell tourist something like cigars.Cuba reminds me of Haiti. I have been in Haiti and you see the same desperation.

          • Knanaya Says

            The question isn’t eenlrtiy clear. Personal safety risks are insignificant as Cuba is one of the safest countries in the region. Risks associated to the U.S. legislation on Cuba (assuming you are a citizen or a legal permanent resident) would apply only insofar as you are caught violating the Helms-Burton Act, which doesn’t explicitly prohibit travel to Cuba, but prohibits any commercial transactions (including basic purchases while in Cuba) without the expressed consent by the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) in Miami.The chance of being denied entry into Cuba by Cuban authorities are nil, provided that you have a valid travel document, that you fill out a tourist card, and that you don’t carry prescribed substances or pose a threat to Cuban security.

          • Vipul Deshpande Says

            Hi
            Could you please tell me country passport did you travel to Cuba with and what was the procedure to get the tourist card?

      • Prathima Reddy Says

        Hi Ashray

        Thank you for your helpful post. I am an Indian passport holder planning to travel to Cuba from the UK. Do any of the airlines give out tourist cards.

        many thanks

        • Andrew Butchers Says

          Prathima – Thomas Cook and other tour operators include the tourist card in their prices. Scheduled airlines, I hear that Virgin sell them close to check-in. Otherwise you need to buy the tourist card in advance – from the Cuban consulate, or there is an online agency in the UK.

        • Diego Says

          Hi guys, just to add a bit more into it. You will need to get a tourist card before your flight, there is no way that any airline will allow you to board the plane without one. I believe there is a 5000 GBP penalty if they allow you to board the plane without a tourist visa, its likely they will not allow you to board if you do not have one.
          In the UK you can get it with the Cuban Consulate, however expect long queues and their opening times are from 09:30 to 12:30 hrs, if you arrive and apply for someone else non present there is a 19 GBP surcharge for non present applicant. You can also buy it online for example http://www.cubavisa.uk or others. Hope it helps.

      • wazir zada Says

        hi arshy i m from Islamabad capital city of Pakistan so its possible can u arrange for me and my other friends Cuba tourist card before flight from our country because the airline requirement in pakistanbefore reservation for cuba must need tourist card for air tickets so its possible can you arrange the tourist card for us i m waiting your sooner reply via email.my mail is : wazi_gogo@yahoo.com

      • salam Says

        hi dear

        r u sure flights allow us to board with out valid visa??

        salam

  • Andrew Butchers Says

    As Ashray says, if travelling to Cuba as a tourist, you just need the tourist card which can be bought at most gateway airports in Latin America (or gets given out on the planes from Canada) – it is more complicated if coming from Europe.

  • CuriousKS Says

    My situation is a little different. I am currently in the process of getting my GC and am planning to go to Cuba next month. Will this affect my process of getting my GC? Will they decline it because I went to Cuba? And if the answer is, how will they know that I went to Cuba since I won’t have a Cuban stamp on my passport, then my question would be that there would be two entry stamps on my passport, how would I explain the second stamp to them? Especially since I’m pretty sure they’ll keenly look through my passport since I’m brown and not a US Citizen. I really want to go, but I’ve been getting very contradictory answers during my research.

    • Ashray Says

      I think you’re being super paranoid. First of all, I believe the US embargo on citizens/residents traveling to Cuba was partially lifted earlier this year. However, I’m not an expert on US law by any measure so do please google this info.

      Where are you entering Cuba from ? Mexico for example does not stamp your passport on exit. So if you go through Mexico, there’s no evidence of when you left the country. The airline takes your entry slip and that serves as proof that you’ve left. There’s no evidence of when.

      Also, the likelihood of a US immigration officer noticing that you have two entry stamps is extremely low. Especially if those stamps are of a 3rd country. Different countries have different rules regarding stamping your passport and these are not standardized across the world. However, your story should be believable.

      Besides, back to the main point. Why would you get into any trouble if it’s not illegal for you to travel to Cuba (do the restrictions apply to US citizens or US residents as well ?) ? :)

      • CuriousKS Says

        “I think you’re being super paranoid. First…”
        Yes, I’ve done research on the embargo being partially lifted. It is still a difficult process, you need to get a license, costs more money, and there are way too many restrictions of what you can and cannot do. I do not believe it is worth the effort and money to get a license to travel to Cuba and then have restrictions to top it off. Don’t you? I mean IT IS a vacation. I am not traveling there with an agenda or for work.

        “Where are you entering Cuba from ? Mexico…”
        I am entering Cuba from Mexico.

        “Also, the likelihood of a US immigration officer noticing…”
        Your answer relieves me a bit. I pretty much have my entire life here in US – everyone who I love is here, so loosing my GC would be the end of my life (not really, but… you know what I mean :).

        “Besides, back to the main point. Why would…”
        The restriction apparently applies to everyone who is subject to US jurisdiction which includes all the residents of United States – Citizens, Permanent Residents, US Immigrants, Nonimmigrant aliens, etc.

        Thank You Ashray for your help and answering my questions :) Do let me know if you have any other tips.

        • Andrew Butchers Says

          CuriousK – I don’t know what a GC is, but also you don’t say what is your current status.

          • CuriousKS Says

            GC = Green card. I’m not sure what you mean when you “don’t say what is your current status”? You mean don’t talk about it to the immigration officers?

      • rambo Says

        hi,im from iraq and i wand to visit cuba with iraqi passport,so there is o cuba embassy in iraq,,, wat should i do? do i need visa to get cuba? thanks

  • Andrew Butchers Says

    Sorry – of course !

    No – I mean are you in the US on a visa already ? If so, then depending on what visa, travel to Cuba might be prohibited. If not, then I can’t see what concern they could have of what you did before.

    I have no idea if they examine your passport in any detail. You really need to find others who have gone through that process.

  • CuriousKS Says

    I thought so, but just making sure.

    I used to be on a visa, but currently I am on EAD, which makes it legal for me to live and work in US until they approve my GC. Which is what makes it hard for me to research about traveling to Cuba under my category. I practically don’t have a status in US but… I do, if that makes any sense? I am neither living in US on visa nor as a permanent resident/citizen, its a grey area. But like I said in reply to Ashray’s message – Any US resident, regardless of their status is restricted to travel to Cuba since they are all subject to US jurisdiction. This is the reason why I am just a tad bit afraid of going to Cuba.

    I’ve read quiet a few posts where they say it can possibly affect the outcome of your residency, but they doubt that it actually affects the results. Here’s an article about a nonimmigrant – visa status (not the same category as me, but I think it might work): http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2251675.

  • Erwin Says

    Thanks for sharing, Ashray, this post is very helpful.
    I’m still a little paranoid about the airlines being okay with this. I’m an Indian citizen in the US on a visa. If I want to fly to Cuba through Mexico, should I first obtain a Mexican visa? In general, I do need a visa to visit Mexico and have obtained one in the past. Do I need one in this case, too? Will the airlines check me in at San Francisco airport if I don’t have a Mexican visa? Thanks!

    • Ashray Says

      If you have a US visa you DO NOT need a visa for Mexico, in general. I don’t know when you last visited Mexico but visa free travel for Indians with US Visas has been in place for a couple of years now. This is clearly stated on the Mexico Embassy website. http://embamex.sre.gob.mx/india/index.php/en/consular-section/visas (this regulation also applies to tourist visas meaning if you have any class of US visa, you can enter Mexico without a visa).

      So in summary, you do not need a Mexico or Cuba visa in advance. Just go and have fun :)

  • ankita Says

    i am indianpassport holder residing in india… so what should i do to get my tourist visa for cuba???

    • Zara Says

      Ankita,
      The answer is in the post!
      If you have any specific questions that we could help with, let us know!

      • Birbal Kunwar Says

        Dear madam
        iam the resident of Nepal
        is it possible to go cuba for tourist visa
        please help me.

  • shipra Says

    Hi!
    I’m travelling to Cuba from India soon but then I plan to go to the US a few days after I return from Cuba. I have two questions:

    1. http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/india/EN/Mission/ConsularSectioninIndia.aspx
    On that page it says The tourist card is not valid to travel to Cuba from India for any nations.
    So I guess we need Visas now?

    2. Will that be a problem when I travel to the US in a few days…i mean having a cuban visa stamped in my passport.

    I hope somebody knows! :)

    • Ashray Says

      Hi shipra

      That website does say some really strange stuff. I personally used a tourist card to enter Cuba and it was fine. However, maybe the difference was that I was flying in from Mexico ?

      I don’t see how the validity of the tourist card changes based on where you are arriving from. However, what is your route to Cuba ? Are you flying in through Mexico or Canada or where ?

      Also, they don’t stamp your passport in Cuba if you ask them not to so it won’t be a problem in the US. Besides, the US is now working on improving relations with Cuba so I highly doubt that your visit to Cuba will be an issue.

  • chhatwal daljit singh Says

    hello sir my name is chhatwal daljit singh i am from india and i am having indian passport.i want to go to cuba as a tourist and want to tell you that the immigration officers here in india do not allow the people to board flight to havana without having visa in your hand. can you give some advice so that i can travel cuba peacefully and can enjoy my trip.

    • Ashray Says

      Hi

      How are you flying to Havana ? It is true that you can buy the tourist card in Havana on arrival. However, I don’t think there is any direct flight from anywhere in India to Havana. You can apply for a Cuba visa in advance at the Cuban embassy in New Delhi. The procedure seems to be pretty straightforward, you just need to provide your passport, return ticket, and the fees: http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/india/EN/ConsularServices.aspx#TouristCard

      However, if you are flying to Cuba from Mexico or another country (France) then you should simply present your credentials until there at Indian immigration and then buy the tourist card before you fly to Havana or right when you enter Havana.

      • are you living in cuba if yes so how long time , is there any one of pakistan national also living there near to you, please provide his contact number with email address ,
        regarding cuba visa and travel card requier we wish to travel first time in cube five of them all of them just for fun and holidays

  • Sushil Subramanian Says

    I am a graduate (PhD.) student and an Indian national (with an Indian passport) in the United States and have visited Mexico before without any problems (without requiring a visa, as I have a US visa). I really want to visit Cuba some time in the winter vacations. I was wondering if I’d have any problems re-entering the US given my graduate student status?

    • Ashray Says

      Cuba doesn’t stamp your passport when you enter so there really isn’t any way for US immigration to know whether you necessarily visited Cuba or not.

      You could fly from the US to Mexico and then fly to Cuba. Then, when you’re done in Cuba, you can fly to a 3rd country – say Guatemala before you fly to the US. Mexico does not stamp passports on exit and Cuba does not stamp at all so it will look like you went to Mexico, then to Guatemala (make sure you enter and spend a day or two there..), before you returned to the US. If US immigration asks you where you went, it’s simple – Mexico and Guatemala.

      Apart from that, you’re better off asking this question to the appropriate legal authorities in the US. I’ve been to Cuba and been to the US post that but as I am not resident in the US, I wasn’t asked any questions about where else I might have been in the world. I doubt that they would ask you similar questions and last year the embargo against travel to Cuba was partially lifted. Again, you should check with the relevant immigration authorities in the US, it shouldn’t be a problem though, you can fly to Cuba via Mexico for a smooth trip. (Interjet has cheap flights..)

  • Jaideep Says

    I am and Indian, residing in Spain (Not Permanent) with a valid residency card and wish to travel to Cuba. Now as you stated that you can buy the travel card, please advise me where can I buy this travel card in Spain. Do you get this travel card at the Airport. Secondly I hold a valid visa of 10 Years for US. Does that mean I do not require Visa for travelling to Mexico ? Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Ashray Says

      Hi Jaideep

      You can buy the travel card from the airline if your flight is direct to Cuba. The card is also available upon arrival right before immigration.

      And yes, you can enter Mexico with a valid US visa. (any class)

  • Ar.ghodmanan Says

    Iam an iranian pasport holder how to get post card or visa.

  • Mehul Says

    Hello Ashray, I am an Indian want to visit Cuba Travelling from India. Do I need to apply for Visa In India or I can just buy Tickets and get the Tourist Card in Flight or on arrival at Havana Airport. Please Suggest
    Thanks

    • Ashray Says

      Mehul, it all depends on where you are flying through. Since there are no flights direct from India I can only assume you are either flying through Mexico/France/Canada/London/etc.

      Most of these transit points have the tourist card available prior to boarding. You can also buy the tourist card upon arrival as I have outlined in my post, however, most airlines use the timaticweb system for visa info and the system gives incorrect information saying that you must have the tourist card prior to boarding.

      Unfortunately, it’s one of those situations where you just have to explain yourself to the airline staff. Depending on your transit point, you can either buy a tourist card before boarding or encounter airline personnel who are well informed. Worst case scenario you buy it on arrival but the airline might not let you board in this situation. :(

  • Bharti Says

    Uhmmm hey its me I’m back again. The link you on the Cuban visa for Indians : http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=52kAMSgavzE%3D&tabid=20393 . No.7 expressly specifies that the tourist card is not for Indians and one shall have to take a visa in advance.

    Would be glad to have some advise on this, if possible.

    Thanks,
    Bharti

    • Ashray Says

      Hi Bharti

      Thanks for your kind comments. If you read carefully, it says that the tourist card isn’t valid for travel from India. It does not say that it’s not valid for Indian nationals. So, if you’re going through France or Mexico – you should be able to buy a tourist card before boarding your flight.

      Where are you flying to Cuba from ? I flew into Cuba from Mexico and bought the tourist card at the check-in counter (flew via Interjet) in Mexico City. There was no issue, but this was back in 2011. You could call the airline and ask if they sell it at boarding/check-in locations.

  • mohammad arif rehman Says

    i want to visit cuba as a tourist… please let me know.. how can i go to the cuba. and suggest some airlines which gives that tourist card..which you talking about.. and as u said.. there is no such direct flights to the cuba.. in that case how will i manage my journey… please do reply.. as soon as possible..

    • Ashray Says

      Hi Mohammed,

      Where are you flying from ?

      You can connect via Canada, France, UK, or Mexico. As far as I know, most of these countries sell tourist cards on departure (at the check-in counters).

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  • Parikshit Says

    Hi guys!
    I don’t speak a Spanish word__going to be a problemo? The prices sound amazing ($20 to get in, $25 to get out). I was wondering how much to have on my purse, say, for a month of minmalistic stay.

    • Zara Says

      Hi Parikshit!

      Spanish would be useful, of course.. but many other travelers don’t speak Spanish either and they survive just fine, so don’t worry too much!

      Have a lot at this post about prices in Cuba:
      http://bkpk.me/what-money-can-buy-in-havana-cuba/

      Accommodation in homestays (the most basic form of lodging you’ll find) tends to be between USD20 – USD25 a day (sometimes with breakfast, sometimes without) – these prices are actually government regulated. Meals can cost between USD1 in local joints to USD10 in regular touristic places. This should give you a general idea!

      Have a great trip and… buen viaje! ;)

  • Mandeep Says

    hi guys – m Indian citizen , living in USA …i leanrned from the previous comments that if i have to go cuba , i will need to go through Mexico or canada … can somebody share what can be other threats ,precautions as far as nationality is concerned . how about expences and personal security …. any good advices will be greatly appreciated ,

    thanks ,
    mandy

  • Harry Says

    Hi ASHRAY
    i m indian student in canada and i wish to go cuba and what i have to do?
    plz can you suggest me. I will be very thankful to u.

  • Andre Souza Says

    Hi Guys… I am an Indian Passport holder and I have a 10 year B1B2 visa and I will be in Florida between 15th and 30th July 2014… Can I get a visa for Cuba from the US? Or a even better travel card?… Will be very grateful for correct information…
    Thanks so much
    Andre

    • Ashray Says

      I don’t think you can get the Cuba card from the US as there are still travel restrictions in place. How are you planning to go to Cuba from the US ? Normally you can’t. You have to go through Mexico. You can get the card at the airport in Mexico. Enjoy your trip :)

      • prashant chudawala Says

        Hello Ashray

        My name is prashant
        I am living in india .i need to go tourist visa of cuba so give me suggetion. Cuba give easily visa indian citizen please give me some information i wait your reply

        Thank you. Ashray

        My email id

        Chudawalaprashant@gmail.com

  • Pratibha Says

    Hello! Thank you for your post. However I just wanted to know if there was any updated info regarding the cuban visa? I am hoping to do a spur of the moment trip. But called my travel agent who gave me conflicting info and said I need to apply for visa etc and need forms attested etc. I am going to nyc and was hoping to travel via cancun. I understand from your post that one can buy a tourist card there. Is this regardless of nationality? Has anyone you know traveled recently? For eg this year itself to give some updated info? On one hand I dont want to risk landing up all the way to cancun only to be refused. Any updated info will be appreciated. Many thanks x

  • bikram Says

    Hi
    Your website and comment are really helpful. I am an India citizen , working in USA and planning to go to Cuba via Toronto. However i have a specific question. As I am planning to flyout from totonto via Air Canada. Do AirCanada sells the Cuban tourist card. Will i have any issues getting through the security at the airport as i wont have any Cuban visa.

    Thanks

  • Trupti Says

    Hi,

    I have been thinking of visiting Cuba with my husband. We are Indian citizens, born and brought up in India. We wanted to visit Cuba for couple of weeks. How do we go about obtaining a Cuban tourist visa?

    I appreciate your time and help on this matter.

    Thanks

  • Hi Ashray – excellent & highly useful post. Keep ‘em coming!

    • Ashray Says

      Thanks! I hope your PCC stuff got sorted. Being without a passport is probably my worst nightmare!

      I’ve been following your blog since before you abandoned it and re-started it =)

      • Birbal Kunwar Says

        hello sir Ashray
        iam from nepal and i live in nepal
        i have nepalese passport and i want to go cuba for tourist visa
        is it possible to go cuba from nepal
        please help me

        • Tulsi Says

          Hey
          I am also a Nepalese looking to travel Cuba . How did u sort out the things. K k process thiyo ? Ww donot have any embassay and no one have any idea . Please share your experience .
          Tulsi

  • Niti Says

    Hi- im considering flying to cuba in the near future. I live in the states, but have an indian passport with a permanent residency card. Can I fly to Cuba just as easily from Miami and purchase the card there?

  • Purvi Says

    Hi!! What a great blog! One of my dreams is to travel to Cuba and I was doing some research online on the best way to get there from India. This is such useful information! Thank you for sharing and happy travels!

  • robbie chabra Says

    Hi

    I hold indefinite leave to remain in the UK and hold a indian passport and booked all inclusive holiday with Thomas Cook. I have been asked to collect tourist cards from the airport at the time of the departure. Is there anything else I need to do other than filling tourist card?

  • patel jinay Says

    Hello guys especially to Ashray
    am an indian passport holder but i stay in Nairobi(Kenya) me n my friends are planing to visit cuba so my question is do i have to go to embassy for the visa or its an arrival visa for indian passport holders plz guys reply me back
    thanx in advance

  • Mohammed Says

    Hi
    I am from Iraq and need to immigration to Cuba, what are the steps to do this and speaking only English.

    Thanks

  • Silky Says

    Hi Ashray,
    Im Indian living in Canada having work permit as status. I’m planning to visit cuba soon. Do I require visa for the same?
    Kindly reply.

  • prashant chudawala Says

    I need cuba tourist visa i m living in india please give me suggetion

    Thank you

  • sunita khatri Says

    Hi this is sunita i have an Indian passport i am planning to go to cuba through delhi aeroflot airlines and i have a bahamas residence card will transit in 12 hours can you please tell me if i need visa for cuba.

  • Amit Says

    Hi.. this is amazing blog. and your travels are fascinating.
    I have cuba on my bucket list and hope to get that crossed of this year.
    looking at how to get there from the US, most US based website do not seem to give flight options from here to Cuba. do you have suggestions?

    • Ashray Says

      Fly via Mexico or Canada. It’s fairly straightforward to go through those countries. If you live in the US, Mexico is better because you don’t need a visa to enter.

  • Gill Says

    Hello everyone,
    Me and my wife are planning to travel to cuba. We have Indian passports and live in Canada on work permit. Do we just buy tourist cards or have to get a visa before leaving?
    Thanks

    • Ashray Says

      If you can buy the tourist card before departure, you do not need a visa. Ask your airline if they have these available at check-in or before boarding.

  • Harold Says

    My children 23 & 18 years old and me are Australian nationals, and my wife is Indian citizen holding Australian PR. We intend visiting Cuba in the month of July, please advise if we need visa. Currently we are based in Dubai.

  • kittuavika Says

    I am an indian citizen and i have canada visiting visa. Do i need a visa to travel to cuba from canada??
    please help

    • DC Says

      Hi Kittu did you manage to visit Cuba from Canada? I am an Indian national planning to visit Cuba from Canada too and hold a Canadian visit visa. Did you obtain the Cuba tourist card at Toronto airport or on-flight? Appreciate your urgent response. Thanks in advance.

  • prashant chudawala Says
  • Raj Says

    Hi
    I am planing to visit Cuba with my friends for some business. As i am indian and hotelier in India. Also i an having a microbrewery plant in India. need your suggestion interms of business in Cuba.Please guide me or revert by mail at royalstreet1@gmail.com
    Regards
    Raj

  • sofia Says

    Hi,

    I am an Indian citizen and planning to reach Cayman islands via Havana,Cuba. I have a layover of 12 hours in Cuba and I don’t intend to leave the international transit area. Do I require any type of Visa for my layover period in Havana? Please suggest !!

  • Apoorv bisht Says

    Hey! i have an Indian Passport, do you know if Flyijg from Colombia to Cuba, I wouldnt need a visa but only a tourist card? And that I will be able to but it at the airport in Bogota?

  • harmeet singh Says

    Hi my name is harmeet singh from india and i want to see cuba havana how can i get visa for cuba please send me email nd help me to travel to cuba bcoz here in punjab agents demanded more money for cuba

  • Alpa Says

    Hey Ashray,

    I’m planning to travel in April to Cuba, I have an Indian passport but living in UAE , not sure if i need a Visa for Cuba? There is no consulate here , I’m planning to travel via Russia as there is a Aeroflot flight from Dubai via Moscow, I doubt they will have Tourist card at the Aeroflot check in counters in Dxb. Please guide as to how can I go about this since I’m not entering through Canada or Mexico

    Thanks
    Regards,
    Alpa.

    • Ashray Says

      You should ask Aeroflot in Moscow. You can also get the tourist card at the airport in Havana just before immigration.

    • Kushal Acharya Says

      Hi Alpa,
      There is a Cuban Consulatein Saudi Arabia that is responsible for providing Tourist Cards for UAE citizens and residents. I had called them and they asked me to courier them my documents including Passport to KSA! I am not comfortable with this though they claim to often process requests from UAE. I live in Dubai too.
      This is when I landed upon this blog which states that Visa cards can be purchased before immigrations or from the Latin America airlines.
      Ashray- would you know if this still holds true? I am
      flying to Cuba from Peru.
      P.S: Your blogs are really helpful. Keep up the great work.

      Regards,
      Kushal

      • Ashray Says

        Hi Kushal

        You can buy the tourist card in Lima either in the city or at the airport. If you a google a little bit you should be able to find your options. There are many tripadvisor threads with details on where to buy them.

  • Tulsi Says

    Hi
    I am a Nepali citizen . I am in Nepal now. I am planning to go to Cuba for a holiday next week. The problem with me is that this country donot have Cuba embassy or a consulate . So in this case can I get a tourist card from a different country and just book the tickets and fly without applying for a visa. Please help me . I am running around from last one week and still helpless.

  • Dr. Jigar Says

    hello.. thanks for the wonderful infor..
    Well, i am an indian national and gonna fly to Havana from Amsterdam (Europe).. So, has anybody flew to Cuba from Europe?? can i buy the card at Amsterdam/Frankfurt airport?
    And nationality doesnt matter while purchasing cuba card, right??
    Regards..

  • aaron irani Says

    I am going to mexico city end of next month and flying aeromexico from there to havana. after reading your great post, I thought I was all set. buy the tourist card at MEX and board the flight. But today I read the following on the aeromexico website.
    Citizens of certain countries must purchase the Tourist Card directly at the Cuban consulate in their country of origin. Purchase at the airport is not available for the following countries: Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Iraq, Iran, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Syria, Fujian Province, China.
    So either I apply to the consulate at Delhi and pay their high fees or try convincing the airline to let me travel without a tourist card so that I can purchase one on arrival. Strange but this rule was not there until now.

    • Ashray Says

      Aeromexico might have stopped selling tourist cards to Indians for various reasons. There are other airlines and travel agencies who still might sell you one. You could call Interjet and ask them if they have such a policy.

  • dhruv Says

    I was looking at the same comment on aeromexico website and was wondering what if Interjet people dont provide us a tourist card at the airport. Also this tourist card is just a piece of paper and not tied to anybody’s passport, I am sure we can get someone else buy it for us? or buy from a middleman by paying a few extra $s?

  • Salil Pun Says

    Very informative blog / site. Thanks for all the effort.

    We are a family of 3. Adults have Indian passport, while the 10 year old has a US passport. As advised, we plan to visit Cuba from US (via Cancun). Going to Cancun shouldn’t pose any issues, given all of us have valid visa / residency in US. Two specific questions…
    1. Given that our child is an American citizen, will we have any problems getting a Cuba tourist card for him at Cancun airport?
    2, Does anyone have further clarity on Aero Mexico giving tourist cards for India passport holders? (see previous comments)

    If this itinerary works out, this will actually be much cheaper way to travel to Cuba for now, untill commercial airlines from US start operations.

    Thanks

  • Dhruv Says

    well, problem solved. I had e mailed aeromexico this:

    Dear sir or madam

    I am an Indian national, presently visiting US on a B1/B2 visa.

    I am a resident of UK and have a valid UK residence card.

    I wish to travel to Cuba from US and looking at booking my tickets to Cuba through Mexico on aeromexico.

    I wanted to know if I can just go and purchase a tourist card from Mexico city airport being an Indian national. Please let me know at your earliest convenience so I can plan my visit accordingly.

    And just got a reply from them stating:

    ​Dear Mr. Dhruv

    Thank you for contacting Aeroméxico. The tourist card can be purchased at the airport in México City and the price is around 30.00 USD.

    As long as you have a valid passport and the UK residence, no other documents will be needed. We recommend you to arrive at the airport at least 3 HRS before departure so that you can aquire the tourist card.

    Hope the information will be useful.

    Best regards.

    So I suppose it should not be difficult to get the tourist card if you have a UK residence card or I am assuming a valid US visa/green card?

  • Salil Pun Says

    Here’s the response from InterJet…. so finally some clarity on Cuba Tourist card.

    My question to them….
    We are a family of 3 planning to visit Cuba (La Habana) from Cancun flying on 02 July 2016, and would like some clarification on the Cuban tourist card.
    1. I have an Indian passport and am a US Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder)
    2. My son has a US Passport
    3. My wife has an Indian passport and a valid US B1/B2 visa
    Will we be able to purchase the Cuban Tourist Card at the Cancun airport?

    InterJet’s response…
    Good afternoon Dear passenger:

    We appreciate the time you have spent to send us your e-mail.

    In reference to your question, you can get the visa (tourist card) for Cuba at the Interjet counter, just by showing your passport and reservation code, the charge will be $250.00 mxn, in USD will be at the regular money exchange that is available at that moment, this is per person, each passenger needs to fill out the form for the visa and be advised to be careful at the moment of filling the form out, because if there is an error on the written information, you will be asked to pay for another visa.

    Any additional information you might need can be verified directly with the Cuban Embassy in your local area, since Interjet only provides de Air Transportation.

  • Rahul Says

    For Indian plz visit embassy website regarding all visa related information.

    http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=52kAMSgavzE%3d&tabid=20393

  • ashish Says

    If you are an Indian Citizen. Visa is mandatory for you. Indian passport holder cannot travel to Cuba with a tourist card.
    I tried to board a flight from Mexico to Cuba. They did not issue me a Travel card. They said certain nationality need Visa from embassy. I called Cuban embassy and they confirmed it. I need to apply Visa from Cuban embassy in Mexico. I will keep you updated.

    here is the pdf from Cuban embassy in India
    http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=52kAMSgavzE%3D&tabid=20393

    • Ashray Says

      Did you have a return ticket? There are several recent reports above on people still getting the tourist card, either for purchase in Mexico, or at the airline counter in the airport. The Cuban embassy has been saying the same thing for many years but the actual rules are different. The PDF you have linked has been the same for more than five years. The information that the embassy has been providing has been inaccurate for a long time.

      Even the airline information systems clearly say that Indians can travel with a tourist card sold by authorized airlines.

      • Ashish Says

        Finally. Traveled to Cuba. Too much inquiry at airport. at least 5 people came and checked my passport, visa and a lot of questions. May be because I only traveled for the weekend. there is no need to pay $25 to exit Cuba anymore. Taxi is costly. from Airport to center costs $25. Good option for stay is to check on homestay.com. Internet is a problem. There are hotspots to use internet. get a card $3 for 1 hour.

        • Ashray Says

          That’s a shame, especially considering you don’t even need to get a visa in the first place.

        • Vipul Deshpande Says

          So you are saying that you had to apply for a separate visa? how much did that cost and how long did it take for it to arrive?

  • Ali Says

    Hi everyone
    I am pakistani national residing in Bahrain as an investor. Is the tourist card effective for me also. If yes, where shoud i get it because airline will ask for the visa for boarding.
    What is the source of accurate information.

  • Pallavi Bichali Says

    Hi Ashray…I m Indian citizen with Indian passport. I want to visit cuba on medical visa for treatment of lung cancer at the earliest. Is a medical visa possible? And do you have any info related to hospitals in Cuba where I can contact for further information? Your information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance !

    • Ashray Says

      Hi Pallavi
      Sorry to learn about your situation. I don’t know anything about medical visas but you could contact the Cuban consulate and ask. I just went to Cuba as a tourist so unfortunately that’s all I know about.

  • Dr.Nadarajan Says

    Hi all.I am keenly following these posts.I am an Indian citizen, staying in Cochin. having 10yr B1/B2 visa to US. plan to go Cuba in Oct/Nov ,preferably via Mexico.Has any one gone to Cuba with a Tourist Card.Please enlighten the current visa situation for Indians.

  • Youder Says

    Hello everyone and best wishes:
    first thanks for the wonderful information
    This is Asia Press Reporter based @Afghanistan.

    i am an Afghanian national and gonna fly to Havana from Delhi, is this possible?
    i already have a tourist card right now. i was purchase it from a travel agency based in but i am not sure that i can fly with this paper to cuba or not.
    what can i do? what’s updates about traveling to cuba? i’m soo much worry. maybe they don’t let me to fly with this tourist card, because i don’t have Cuba Visa.
    tomorrow is my flight to delhi, if here is any problem and i can’t fly from IGI airport so please let me know for cancelling my tomorrow flight to India.
    with respect…
    Regards
    Youder

    • Ashray Says

      Hi Youder

      If you hold a tourist card and are traveling to Cuba as a tourist it should not be an issue. However, you might have to prove to the airline that this is the case. A return air ticket, some hotel bookings, etc will definitely help.

  • Roshan Says

    Hi Ashray,

    Thanks for your patience answering everyone’s questions. It’s nice to see other Indians who’ve travelled so much!

    I’m going to Havana from Mexico (Cancun) in October 2016 and trying to figure out the visa process. My local embassy has been useless (I live in Nairobi) so it would be amazing if I can just buy it in Mexico. Your original post is from 2012 so with this message I’m trying to figure out if the situation is still the same now as it was back then – i.e. that I can buy the tourist card in Mexico or on arrival in Havana. Do you know for sure if the situation is still the same?

    Thanks, Roshan

    • Ashray Says

      Hi Roshan

      It looks like the regulations might have changed. For the most up to date information you should always check IATA’s travel database. This is the info that airlines look at when they need to figure out whether to let you fly or not. Most airline websites have this info and here it is from Emirates:
      http://www.emirates.com/english/plan_book/essential_information/visa_passport_information/find_visa_requirements/visa_passport_information_results.aspx?NC=IN&NV=India&DC=CU&DV=Cuba&TC=US&TV=United+States&h=12a9a45f7f3a7c1884dd96bb5cce30421862a783

      This page used to mention a visa exemption for tourist card holders earlier but no longer does so. It’ll be prudent for you to get a visa before you travel.

      • Roshan Says

        Hey Ashray,

        Thanks for the quick response. I had checked with IATA website of KLM and it had the same info as Emirates but I had interpreted that slightly differently so your response concerns me a little, as Cuba does not have a working embassy in Kenya (where I now live). I went to the Wikipedia page for Indian citizens, which has always served me well in the past, and that page seems to indicate that your original post is still valid (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Indian_citizens#cite_note-55) and I can get the card en route in Mexico.

        I will call the airline and see what they say, but given I already have my ticket and there is no Cuban embassy where I live, what would you suggest I do? Take a chance anyway? Grateful for any recommendations as I’m now a little worried.

        Thanks a lot!

        Roshan

        • Ashray Says

          Hi Roshan

          There’s a recent comment a little above yours from a reader who said they did indeed manage to get the tourist card. Also, both Interjet and Aeromexico said they would be fine selling the card. However, I recall quite clearly that the IATA information for Indians explicitly mentioned the Tourist Card before as a criteria for Visa Exemption. It doesn’t seem to have this information any longer so something might have changed. If you punch in another nationality, say, Spanish for example, it will have the lines about the Tourist Card based visa exemption:

          Visa Exemptions:
          Passengers with a Tourist Card (Tarjeta del Turista) issued to visitors traveling as tourists.

          It used to say the above for Indians too. You should definitely confirm with the airline that they will let you travel with a tourist card and even sell you one.

          • Roshan Says

            Hi Ashray,

            Thanks again for all your help. I just used the live chat feature on Interjet’s website to chat with an agent who said I could buy the card in Mexico airport from their counter, no problem. I’m going to have to go with that because there is no Cuban embassy in Kenya, where I live. So cross your fingers for me!

            Roshan

          • Ashray Says

            Hi Roshan

            That’s great. Do please remember to post a comment here with your experience once you have visited Cuba. It looks like many visitors are confused these days because of conflicting information for Indians. It’d be really helpful! Have a great holiday!

  • Ben Says

    Great post – thanks very much. I do have a question.

    All posts and websites that talk about getting the tourist card mention that the card can be gotten at “gateway airports” or by flying on “authorized airlines.” However, I can’t seem to find a list of these airports and airlines.

    In my situation, I would be flying through Dubai (not a gateway airport?) on Emirates (an authorized airline?) directly to Havana. My country of residence (Sri Lanka) does have a Cuban embassy, but getting the card either in Dubai or from Emirates would be so much easier.

    I’ve been Googling for the past half hour or so looking for a list of gateway airports and/or authorized airlines, but have found nothing. Have you found anything? (I’ve sent an email to Emirates, and am awaiting their response.)

  • Roshan Says

    Hi Ashray,

    As you requested, I’m publishing an update here to help anyone else in this situation. I was able to buy a Cuban visa at the Interjet Airlines counter in Cancun, paying 250 MXN (about $15) by credit card, without a problem.

    However, then things got a bit weird. When I arrived in Havana, I was approached by an immigration official before I arrived at the immigration counter. She asked to see my passport. As she thumbed through it, I saw that my name and nationality (Indian) were on a list she held in her hand, along with 3 others (all from Latin American countries). She then asked me to wait and took my passport away to an internal office. About 3 mins later, she came out, returned my passport, and sent me on to the immigration counter, where the agent confirmed with her a second time that I was ok. It was all pretty baffling as I travel a lot and don’t have a problem usually.

    In the end, all’s well that ends well. I enjoyed 3 days in Havana and left safely. And yes, it’s possible for Indian citizens to visit Cuba as long as they buy their visa ahead of time. There was also a visa counter in Havana airport that had a line in front of it, but I didn’t investigate that too much.

    • Ashray Says

      Thanks for posting back here Roshan. Glad you managed to make your trip. I hope your info helps other readers as well.

    • Sucheta Says

      Hi Roshan,

      I am an Indian Citizen but live in the US with a US permanent residency. Based on your experience, if I can obtain the tourist card in the US, I should be fine upon arriving in Cuba? Did you have to face too much questioning upon arrival in Cuba other than what you mentioned? Thanks for your help!

    • Vipul Deshpande Says

      Hi Roshan,
      In the last line, you mentioned that Indians need to buy the visa ahead of time. I am flying with air canada and they said that they would give me tourist card on the flight. so my question is, is that good enough or i need a visa apart from the tourist card?

  • Mohit Says

    Has anyone managed to visit Cuba from the US on an Indian Passport? The wiki article here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Cuba explicitly states Indians are not eligible for the tourist card and need to get a visa in advance.

  • Aditi Says

    Hi,
    I have an Indian passport and a German residency.
    After searching online, sending emails and calling Cuban embassies (in India and in Germany) over a period of almost 1 month, I could not reach a single official (quite frustrating actually) who could confirm any kind of information (other than Indians need a visa to go to Cuba as per the text written on the website of Cuban embassy in India). Cuban embassy in Germany was simply not reachable for 14 days (for some unknown reason). There was only one “travel agent” from India who could assure me that I only needed this “tourist card” and not a visa. So I took a leap and here are the findings: I was stopped at Munich airport and at Havana airport by officials, and after some discussion with some other officials, I was let through. It seems that Indian passport holders, living in India, very much need a visa. Indians living elsewhere, on any other visas (business, tourist etc.) also need a visa. India does not sell “tourists cards”. So any person flying to Cuba from an Indian port needs visa (unless he is of other nationality and can acquire the “tourist card” somewhere else for e.g. on flight etc.) . If you are an Indian , holding a residence permit from a country which is allowed to visit Cuba without a visa, and if you your port of departure and arrival is both outside India, only then you can travel there with this “tourist card”. The last one was my case, and very few people, even at the airport seem to know this.
    Now, this information provided may not be 100% accurate, and of course the Cuban embassy (if reachable) has the last word on this. But from all the discussions I had with the officials while leaving Germany and arriving in Cuba, that was what I could conclude. I hope this helps.

    • Sucheta Says

      Hi Aditi,

      I am in the same boat as you. I am an Indian Citizen but live in the US with a US permanent residency. Based on your experience, if I can obtain the tourist card in the US, I should be fine upon arriving in Cuba? Did you face any questioning or issues during arrival or departure in Cuba? Thanks for your help!

  • Aditi Says

    Hi again,
    And just to add to the above post, if you are in the category that needs visas, you can get it in other countries, like Mexico, Canada etc. and the information about where and how is normally present at some airport desk or counter. About the travel card, I ended up buying it for 30€ but if you confirm with your airline, and they say they offer the card on-flight, you dont even have to buy it (Air Canada offers them, as I learnt a bit too late ) .

  • Rahul Says

    Hi Ashray,

    Great Website and Blog ! Some of your entries were very helpful in planning my trips! Now I am planning a trip to Mexico-Cuba-US in Jan’17. I have got a Valid B1/B2 Visa, which will take care of Mexico & US entry. When I blocked the tickets, I was under impression that only Tourist Card was required to visit, but then just now I realised it is not that clear!

    I went through the various comments on this post regarding Cuban Visa for Indian Passport Holders. What I could take away was that Indian Citizens with Residence Permit in US/UK/EU have no problem in visiting Cuba with help of Tourist Card (Evident from detailed post of Aditi and some other comments earlier/tripadvisor forum). So, I have written to Interjet and Cuban Embassy in New Delhi. Not sure whether they will reply or when.

    So Ashray, my Question is – If airlines allow to board the flight, How risky would it be to travel to Havana with a Tourist Card and no Pre-Issued visa? I can definitely show financial means, accomodation proof and exit ticket if asked. But is that enough ? Have you ever faced a situation where they can deny entry ? If so what would be my options? So far I have been to some 20 countries, all with either Pre-Issued Visas or clear Visa-On-Arrival policies for Indians.

    Sorry for long comment. Please do share your Point of view when free.

    Thanks
    Rahul

    • Rahul Says

      Hi,

      I got very prompt response from both Cuban Embassy in India and Interjet Customer Service.

      Cuban Embassy official was kind enough to give me a call on my Mobile number and explain in person first thing in the morning (I had sent a mail to the Consular Officer, marking the Ambassador of Cuba to India in cc). He said that I can obtain the visa from Mexico at a Cuban Consulate – There is one in Cancun. He also sent the details if I need to obtain the Visa in advance from Indian Embassy. However, that is expensive – $100 USD+ Per person – and it is in New Delhi, so there would be additional Courier/Agency charges.

      Interjet Executive on the other hand told me that Cuban Visa can be obtained in Mexico, either from the Cuban Embassy/Consulate or Interjet Travel Desk upon producing a Valid Passport and Ticket to/from Cuba.

      So after carefully assessing all the information shared in this forum, tripadvisor and basis mail exchanges, I have decided to not apply it in India, but either obtain it from the Cuban Consulate in Cancun or travel using Tourist Visa Card.

      If anyone has prior experience of visiting Cuban Consulate in Cancun, great if you can share here. If any Indians travel to Cuba in the meantime, please do post your experience :)

      Thanks

      Rahul

  • Roshan Says

    Hi Mohit, Aditi, Rahul,

    I am an Indian citizen living in Kenya. I went on holiday to Cuba last month (October 2016). I bought my Cuban visa from the Interjet Travel Desk in Cancun for the equivalent of $13 (250 Mexican Pesos) and I was able to pay with my credit card. Definitely don’t pay $100 anywhere and you don’t need to go to a Cuban consulate if you are flying through Mexico. Prior to my trip, I had an online chat with the Interjet customer service who assured me of buying it in Cancun, and that’s exactly how it worked. I do have a valid US visa, though, which means I don’t need a visa for Mexico.

    • Rahul Says

      Hi Rohan

      Yes. Your case is what gives me confidence. That is the plan now. I have written to the Cuban Consulate in Cancun just to complete the research (Indian Embassy provided me the cordinates, so gave it a shot) :)

      Thanks a lot for sharing!
      Rahul

      • Rahul Says

        Pardon, Rohit! Sorry for wrong name.

        • Rahul Says

          Autocorrect is killing me! Deeply Sorry Roshan! :)

          • Roshan Says

            No worries :-)

            Also make sure to carry enough cash with you, and ideally Euros or Pounds. There are no working ATMs and you can’t use your credit card, and there is an extra surcharge on exchanging USD. We learnt this the hard way :-(

            Roshan

          • Ashray Says

            Hi Roshan

            Has something changed? As far back as 2012 there were several working ATMs in Havana. We could use those to get CUCs for our expenses. Of course, we could not use credit cards in most places and any card (credit or debit) associated with any American bank would not work. But this was before the sanctions were lifted so things should have become even better now.

            I did however manage to withdraw money (CUCs) from my Indian ATM card in Havana without issue. The catch at the time was that the debit card needed to be a VISA card as Mastercard is American and would not have worked. However, since 2015 apparently Mastercard should work as well.

            Just want to say that debit cards should work for ATM withdrawals in Havana and there are several ATMs around the city and even in the airport.

    • Sucheta Says

      Did you face any trouble by having just the tourist card upon arrival in Cuba?

  • Roshan Says

    Ashray, you may be right about that. The 3-4 people in my group all were trying with American cards, including me. So I guess maybe it’s only American cards that do not work.

  • Simran Lyall Says

    Hi there, I am an Indian Passport holder, and I live and work in Canada. I am currently on a Valid Work Permit and have a valid multiple-entry Worker Visa. Would I need to apply for a Visa to visit Cuba in advance, or would the tourist card they provide onboard Sunwing suffice? I have been receiving conflicting replies and just wanted to find out if anyone with a similar background as mine has traveled to Cuba recently and what process they followed…

    Thanks a ton in advance!

    Cheers.

    • Vipul Deshpande Says

      I am in the same situation. please let me know, by commenting on this thread if you get a concrete information regarding the tourist card scenario.
      thank you.

  • Kulraj Khanal Says

    Hi i am Nepalese passport holder lives in Dubai. i got work permit for Cayman island.I booked my air ticket Dubai to Moscow, Mascow to Havana & Havana to Cayman island. do i still need Transit visa or not please help me.

    Thanks

  • Krish Says

    Hi this Krish ,I am indian passport holder ,now I am working at Singapore ,I planed to go cuba just visit ,so how can I go to there from Singapore to cuba ???????plz help me

  • Sharwari Says

    Hi all,

    Most of these comments mention obtaining tourist cards at Cancun airport or on the plane. We are landing in Havan from the US. We are on L1/L2 visas. Will it be too much of a risk to just turn up? I cannot find a number for the NYC Cuban embassy and can’t get through to JetBlue. Please help!
    Thanks!

    • Ashray Says

      You should definitely confirm with the airline if they sell tourist cards before departure. It’ll save you a lot of worry on the day of your flight.

      • Sharwari Says

        Thanks Ashray. I will try to get in touch with the airline. In the meantime, I’m trying to find out info from the embassy in India.

  • Rahul Says

    Update : Reply from Cuban Embassy & Consulate on Cuban Visa for Indians

    While Airline Confirmed they can sell me a Tourist Visa, i contacted the Cuban Consulate in Cancun basis contact shared by Cuban Embassy in New Delhi. Their response came within a day and was as follows :

    “Dear Rahul Ranjit:

    You most get the tourist (Tarjeta) visa in our consulate office, not with the airline. And we need you provide to us some documents as:
    - confirmed hotel reservation.
    - confirmed round trip flight tickets.
    - bank statements, credit cards, etc, for demonstrate you have money to expend there.
    - Passports ok.
    We advise you to send it(copy) to us this way, before you come to our office for the tourist visa the day before you flight.

    Public attention hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. From Monday to Friday.

    Regards,
    Consulate office”

    As a response to a followup email i got confirmation that Cost is 285 MXP per Person and the process takes 1/2 Hour. I am in Cancun Area for a week, so will send the docs by E-mail in advance and collect the Visa the day before our flight to Havana.

  • Latest Update:

    Spent 5 days in Cuba from 20 to 24 Nov’2016. First tried at Cuban Embassy at San Jose , Costa Rica. The consular officer said specifically for indian passport the cost is USD 55 per person for visa. I refused and walked out.
    We straight went to Cubana Airlines office at San Jose and bought Tourist card from there for USD 15 per person and it worked like a breeze.
    So dont bother about what embassy says. Just buy the tourist card either at the airport or airlines city office and have fun at Cuba..

    Regards
    Ankit

    • Sharwari Says

      Hi Rahul, Ankit and Ashray,

      So I spent an hour at the Jetblue office. They said that we need to fill out an affidavit to get the tourist card. Tourism is legally not allowed and there is no tourism option on the affidavit. This is for everyone living in America, regardless of their citizenship. Yet, they apparently sell tourist cards at JFK and Orlando airports. Jetblue started flying to Havana two days ago! So they don’t have much data on this. Do any of you live in America? I’m a bit hesitant to go to the airport and finding that there’s an issue with the affidavit. Do you guys think that just turning up at the embassy here might help? Or just cause more problems?

      Thanks for all your help!

      • Dear Sharwari
        I need some information to be able to effectively & correctly reply to your question. Hence, I dont want to spam this forum with our to & fro communication.

        You may post your query on my Facebook page named Deft Indian & I can answer all your questions in detail.

        Regards
        Ankit

  • Venu Says

    Hello Guys;
    Me and My wife are travelling to Havana from Miami April 2017. I am travelling on an Australian passport and my wife is on an Indian passport and we live in Australia.

    We have already booked the flights with Delta Airlines, Do you know if we can obtain the Tourist Card from Delta Chekin counter?

    Kind Regards
    Venu

    • Dear Venu
      Delta sells it at the airport. Irrespective of the passports you hold, you require one and can buy it before/while check in.

      Regards
      Ankit

      • Venu Says

        Thank you Ankit;
        Is there a website or so were we can confirm the same? Secondly we are in US for travel so will we have to fill the Affidavit?

        Kind Regards
        Venu

  • Sharwari Says

    Hello,

    So after combing through the internet, talking to Jetblue and looking through other websites, this is what I have found out. All American passport holders and residents (regardless of their citizenship) need to fill out an affidavit stating your purpose for the visit. There is no tourism option for Americans or residents. However, there are other options that can be checked. The affidavit has to be presented at the airline counter where you can buy the tourist card.
    I tried getting in touch with the Consulate in DC. That is completely useless. I am just going with the option I have now and hope that we won’t be sent back.

    Thank you Ashray, Rahul and Ankit for your help!

  • Abhishek Jhaveri Says

    Hey im a tourist in the united states. Im an indian passport holder and have a B1/B2 visa. Some travel agent has issued me a travel card. Do you think its good enough to enter Cuba. Its a pink two sided slip with my details handwritten on it. please do let me know since im travelling on friday

  • Sharwari Says

    You’re welcome and yes. There seems to be consistency in anything.

  • Dear All

    As there are lot of questions, please find most of the answers on Cuba visa at

    https://deftindian.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/cuba-visa-for-indian-passport-holders/

    Incase of further query, please drop a message on Deft Indian Facebook page.

    Regards
    Ankit

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