Cuba Tourist Card + Visa
Nearly all visitors to Cuba need to complete a Cuban Tourist Card in order to enter the country. This is different than a Visa. Here's a breakdown of who needs which documents to enter Cuba:
No Tourist Card or Visa necessary for entry:
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bosnia, China, Dominica, Grenada, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Mongolia, Namibia, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Serbia, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Visa required for entry:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka
Tourist Card required for entry:
Everyone not on the above two lists, including the United States and Canada.
What is a Cuban Tourist Card?
Tourist Cards grant a maximum stay of 30 days (90 days in case of Canadian citizens) and can be extended once for the same period. All Tourist Cards are the same, except if you are flying direct to Cuba from the US. These are more expensive and pink in color. If you are a US citizen flying through another country besides the US, the typical green tourist card will suffice for travel to Cuba. Pink Tourist Cards are more expensive than Green Tourist Cards due to the complicated economic relationship between Cuba and the United States.
How to get a Cuban Tourist Card
To get a Cuban Tourist Card, there are four main ways to acquire them:
The simplest way to get your Cuban Tourist Card is often to buy it online ahead of time through a site like Easy Tourist Card.
Buying your Tourist Card in advance offers additional peace-of-mind and allows you to skip the Tourist Card line at the airport (especially important if you have a connecting flight to Cuba).
Tourist Cards from Easy Tourist Card cost $29 (for green cards) or $99 (for red cards).
This option offers 2-day DHL shipping anywhere in the world.
Your airline on your last leg of your trip to Cuba.
If flying from the US direct to Cuba, your airline will help arrange your Cuban Tourist Card. This card is pink, instead of the typical green Tourist Card. You will not be able to board the flight to Cuba with the green one. The cost varies from airline to airline, and each airline has different fees for acquiring it. Here is a breakdown of known costs and where to acquire the tourist card for each airline:
Southwest: $50, purchased online and delivered at the gate.
JetBlue: $50, purchase at gate.
Delta: $50, purchase at gate or through mail.
United: $75 ($50 visa + $25 processing fee), purchase at gate.
American: $85 ($50 visa + $35 processing fee), purchase online and sent via mail. AA will send instructions.
Frontier: $110 ($50 visa + $35 processing fee + $25 mailing fee), purchase online and sent via mail. Frontier will send instructions.
If flying from Canada direct to Cuba your airline will provide the Tourist Card in-flight. The price is included in your flight.
If flying from Mexico direct to Cuba you can pay $20 USD (or the equivalent in MXN) at your airline's check-in counter. You will need it to board your final leg to Cuba, usually from Mexico City or Cancun, where you'll buy the Cuban Tourist Card.
Your country's Cuban Embassy.
Costs range from $20 to $75 depending on the embassy / consulate.
Travel agencies or tour groups selling Tourist Cards.
Most travel agencies that arrange trip packages or tours to Cuba can sell you a Tourist Card.
Many tour groups that arrange guided trips to Cuba offer Tourist Cards.
Updated October 3, 2018