You need a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining to enter Cuba. Most countries also require a visa to enter Cuba:

Visas:

Visas for Cuba are required by all nationals referred to in the chart below.

The required tourist visa, known as a tourist card, allows the holder to stay in the Cuba for 30 days and is valid for a single entry. You must provide proof of confirmed return flight and booked accommodation. This tourist card can be renewed for a further 30 days in Cuba.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Nationality Passport Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes*

Visa note:

Nationals of (1) the USA are subject to the Cuban assets control regulations enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Travel for touristic purposes is prohibited and recent changes under the Trump administration mean that new restrictions apply to US travellers to Cuba. Under the new regulations, US citizens can no longer travel independently to Cuba using self-certification for the people-to-people initiative. We therefore strongly recommend that any US citizens are fully informed of US legislation regarding travel to Cuba before making any travel arrangements. Group travel organised by an authorised travel agent under one of the 12 authorised categories of travel to Cuba will continue to be an option for all US citizens. For more information please consult the US embassy in Havana’s website.


Types and cost:

Tourist card: £15; business visa: £51.


Validity:

The tourist card is valid for one entry of 30 days within 180 days of issue and can be extended in Cuba for a further 30 days.


Application to:

Consulate (or consular section at embassy) in person or by post. You can obtain application forms for tourist visa cards from certain tour operators and travel agents or from the consulate/embassy.

Working days:

Allow up to four weeks for visa processing.

Entry documents:

All visitors to Cuba are required to prove they have travel insurance covering medical expenses from approved foreign companies during their period of stay, or they will have to buy it from Cuban vendors on arrival in the country. US travel insurance policies are not accepted.

Entry with children:

Parents travelling with children may be required to show proof of parental rights or guardianship.

Entry restrictions:

Visitors entering Cuba on a tourist visa are prohibited from undertaking business or journalism activities.


Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Cuba

Telephone: (7) 214 2200.
Website: ukincuba.fco.gov.uk
Opening times: Mon-Fri 0800-1530.

Embassy of Cuba in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7240 2488 / (020) 7379 9582.
Website: visaworld.co.uk/zipforms/cuba.pdf
Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1230.

Cuban Tourist Board in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7240 6655.
Website: travel2cuba.co.uk/explore-cuba/faq/
Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.