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Applying for a tourist visa to Cuba

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Has your journey to Cuba already been booked? Then the fun can really begin.

Imagine seeing yourself sitting in the sun with a Cuba libre, enjoying the swinging salsa music of all the street musicians.

Or do you imagine wandering down the streets filled with beautiful Spanish-colonial architecture. Or are you picturing the magnificent coastline with its pristine coral reefs? 

You’re almost there. However, you still have to make sure you have all your documents in order and apply for your visa in time.

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Do you need a pink or green visa for Cuba?

You can decide which Cuba visa is right for you. The pink or the green variant. 

Normally the green visa is fine, but if you enter Cuba by cruise ship or fly from the United States, a pink visa is required.

The pink visa is more expensive than the green one, but the conditions and the validity period for both visas are exactly the same.

Apply for a Cuban visa online

The visa for Cuba is not a digital travel authorisation, but a paper card that you fill out yourself.

On both the left and the right-hand side of the card, you must enter your nationality, first name, surname, date of birth and passport number. Make sure that all the details you fill in correspond completely with the details in your passport. If you make a mistake or fill in the passport number of an expired passport, the visa will not be valid, and you will have to apply for a new one.

On arrival in Cuba, one part will be torn off. The other part is needed when leaving the country, so make sure you keep it.

Although the Cuba visa is a paper document, it can be applied for online, which can save quite a bit of time.  It is always good to do some research before you head off on holiday to a new country.   

Conditions and validity period

There are some conditions for the online Cuba visa application.

The passport used to apply for the visa must be valid for at least seven months after the time of arrival. Also, children need their own visa for a trip to Cuba.

Furthermore, you are not allowed to work on the island with the tourist visa.

The validity of the visa is 30 days and starts at the moment of arrival.

Once you have arrived in Cuba, the visa can be extended once for 30 more days. 

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