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Which one to get: Cuba tourist card or Cuba tourist visa?

Kanan Isazade Kanan Isazade 07 May 2021
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Do you have plans to travel to Cuba? If your answer is yes, then you are in the right place. As you know, in most cases, foreigners need a visa to travel to a new country. However, it may sound a little bit confusing for some people when it comes to travel to Cuba because there are two types of documents, which you can apply to travel to Cuba. They are Cuba tourist visa and Cuba tourist card. We will give detailed information about both Cuba tourist visa and Cuba tourist card. Today you will get answers to these and more: how do I get a tourist visa for Cuba, what are Cuba visa requirements, what is Cuba visa policy, how to apply for a Cuba online visa, how to get a visa for Cuba, what is the cost of Cuba visa, how to apply for Cuba tourist card online, how to get a tourist card for Cuba.

General information about Cuba

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Before discussing Cuba's visa policy and Cuba visa requirements, I would like to give some general information for those readers who do not have general knowledge about Cuba. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean meet. The capital of the country is Havana. Some of the other big cities are Santiago de Cuba(the country's capital before Havana) and Camaguey. The population of Cuba is almost 12 million, and there are three main races: white, mixed, and black. The official language of the country is Spanish, and Christianity is the main religion of the state. It is interesting fact is that almost 35% of the population do not believe in any religion, and a group of people believe in folk religions.

Cuba visa policy

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As we mentioned above, most non-Cuban residents should get a Cuba tourist visa or Cuba tourist visa card before traveling. Also, some nationalities can stay in Cuba between 28-90 days without any of these. Residents of the countries that we mentioned below can stay a maximum of 90 days in Cuba without a Cuba tourist visa card.

• Russia

• Serbia

• Bosnia and Herzegovina

• Malaysia

• Montenegro

• North Macedonia

Nationalities that can visit with a maximum duration of 60 days:

• Grenada

• Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Nationalities that can visit with a maximum duration of 30 days:

• Singapore

• Belarus

• Saint Lucia

• Saint Kitts and Nevis

• Antigua and Barbuda

• Mongolia

• Namibia

Nationalities that can visit with a maximum duration of 28 days:

• Dominica

• Barbados

If you are not from any of these countries, you should apply for Cuba visa and collect some documents and pay some fees that we will mention in the subsequent parts.

How do I get a tourist visa for Cuba?

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If you want to travel to Cuba and find an answer to the question: How do I get a tourist visa for Cuba? Then this part is for you. Cuba tourist visa is for people who visit Cuba for tourism and sightseeing. You should apply for Cuba visa to take part in tourist activities and enjoy all the beauties of the country. And to realize this goal, you should collect some documents and answer Cuba visa requirements. You can apply for Cuba visa in visa application centers, embassies, or consulates (varies from country to country). If there are not any of these in your country then you should go to the nearest embassy or consulate. You will be expected to give these documents during the application process:

Application Form

Should fill in English or Spanish and signed by the applicant(Parents should sign for people under 18)

Passport

The passport should not be older than ten years and have a minimum of two free pages.

Two Photos

Should be taken within six months, with clear facial features and eyes and the photo size should be 3.5x4.5.

ID Card Copy

Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your departure from Cuba.

Residence Permit/Visa Copy

Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your departure from Cuba. You need this if your residency and citizenship are different.

Photocopies

You should give a copy of the chief page of your passport, earlier visas, and visa for the final destination. 

Travel Route

Name and complete address(street, city, zip code, contact information) of the place where you plan to stay. 

• Proof of Occupation (Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor)

Proof of Financial Means

There are several ways to prove it (personal bank record, credit card, cash, and so on)

Overseas Medical Insurance

Minimum coverage 30,000 € and valid for the entire duration of the requested visa.

• Some additional documents for people under 18

There are some additional requirements about these documents that we could not mention here. You can visit the visa policy section on our website and choose any country from there to get more detailed information.

What is the cost of Cuba visa? (How to get a visa for Cuba online?)

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Of course, İf you decided to visit any country, you should take into account financial issues (fees, ticket prices, and more), too. The cost of Cuba visa changes between 20-75 USD. However, it can be a little more expensive in some countries. Additionally, you may pay some extra fees, such as Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, and so on. If you do not want to leave your house and complete your application, then are you lucky. You can apply for Cuba online visa without leaving your dwelling. Also, it can be a good choice during a pandemic. How to get a visa for Cuba online? To get the Cuba online visa, you just need to google it and apply. Of course, such as in a standard application, you should present details, documents, etc. The fee for the online visa is an average of 40 USD.

How to get a tourist card for Cuba?

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After answering some questions about Cuba visas, it is time to answer how to get a tourist card for Cuba. There are two ways to get a Cuba tourist visa card: standard and online. Standart ways include travel agencies, Cuba visa application centers, embassies, and consulates. The organization that is responsible for this can differ from country to country. If you can not find any of these organizations in your country, you should apply to the nearest embassy or consulate. The fee for a standard tourist card is 20-75 USD.

Cuba tourist card online: One of the best ways of applying for a Cuba tourist visa card is the online version. Various websites offer this feature. Just google it for your location. The fee for Cuba tourist card online changes between 25-85 USD. Cuba tourist card is valid for 180 days from the date of issue. Tourists who have tourist cards can stay for 30 days from the day of arrival in Cuba. If holders want to extend tourist card validity for the next 30 days, visa holders can apply for an extension at the immigration authorities’ office.

Also, you should collect the necessary documents to apply. Those documents are:

• Application Form

Should fill in English or Spanish and signed by the applicant (Parents should sign for people under 18)

• Passport

The passport should not be older than ten years and have a minimum of two free pages.

• Two Photos

Should be taken within six months, with clear facial features and eyes, and the photo size should be 3.5x4.5

• ID Card Copy

Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your departure from Cuba.

• Residence Permit/Visa Copy

Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your departure from Cuba. You need this if your residency and citizenship are different

• Photocopies

You should give a copy of the main page of your passport, earlier visas, and visa for the final destination

• Travel route

Name and complete address(street, city, zip code, contact information) of the place where you plan to stay

• Overseas Medical Insurance

Minimum coverage 30,000 € and valid for the entire duration of the requested visa

• Some extra documents for people under 18.

Cuba tourist card or Cuba tourist visa? Which one should you get?

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As you can see from the details that we mention above, the application process and required documents for both of them are almost the same. Then which one to choose? In general, it is easier to get a tourist card than a tourist visa. That is why most people choose tourist cards. Unfortunately, the tourist card is not available for all people. Citizens of some countries can apply only for a tourist visa to travel to Cuba. These countries are:

• Afghanistan

• Bangladesh

• Cameroon

• Eritrea

• Ethiopia

• Ghana

• Guinea

• India

• Iran

• Iraq

• Nepal

• Nigeria

• Pakistan

• Philippines

• Sierra Leone

• Somalia

• Sri Lanka

• Syria

• Uzbekistan

• Yemen

Citizens of these countries should get in touch with the nearest Cuban consulate in order to realize their trip to Cuba. Also, keep in mind that they may use "tourist visa" instead of "tourist card". Do not be confused if you face such a situation. They mean tourist card when they say tourist visa.

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Kanan Isazade

Kanan Isazade was born and grew up in Baku, but now he is in Turkey because he is doing a Master's degree in Energy. Kanan loves to travel and meet people from various cultures, races, and beliefs. He travelled to more than 10 cities, and most of them are in Turkey. Kanan's motto is: learn new languages, travel around the world, read as many books as you can, and never forget to put yourself in someone's shoes to understand others.

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