Yes, you do need a visa for Cuba.
Unless you live in one of the very special visa-free countries of the world… You probably don’t. But in case of doubt: Visa requirements Cuba
So how do you get a visa?
If your visa is included in your ticket, you have no problem whatsoever. Move on… read about money or some crazy stories about Cuba… Or just order our book here right away!
You could go to the embassy or consulate in your country. This makes for an interesting excursion and will be your first impression of Cuban bureaucracy. (So don’t go there if you are in a hurry!)
A problem with this approach is that everybody in your party will have to be present, ticket and passport in hand. You can buy a visa for other people but this costs 25 $ per absent person extra! Yes, that’s right, visas go for 20-25 dollars (depending on country) and buying one for your absent hubby costs 25 extra.
Unprepared and in a hurry
Probably somebody or some company sells Cuban visas at your airport of departure. This is your penultimate solution. Too expensive and not very sure.
If you manage to get on board of your plane without a visa you still need one to enter Cuba. Before customs, there is a table that sells visas. The problems here are: The person responsible might be on a break that break might take a few hours. You have to pay in CUC, which you don’t have yet and can not obtain before customs. So, in reality, this option is symbolic! Don’t leave home without a visa!
Practical, fast and safe.
Just order it over the Internet. CubaVisa is reliable, fast and they even offer a ‘completely filled in visa’ service. Don’t make any mistakes filling in your visa… One letter missing, striking out something or any other mistake makes it invalid.
An extra advantage of CubaVisa is that they sell the best Cuba roadmap and since rental cars don’t have a navigation system that might come in handy. they have a list of countries they ship to.
After you’ve got the visa problem out of the way, you might want to read our book to prepare for your trip. Cuba is a whole different thing and you need to understand that! To compensate for your time we’ll give you a tip on the ‘get the ebook’ page that will save you a few hours on the airport!