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Entry /Exit Requirements

Required documents

To enter in Cuba every traveler must have a valid passport, a tourist card, a health insurance, a return ticket, and sufficient funds to meet their financial needs.

The Cuban Tourist Card (tourist visa)

The tourist card is generally provided by tour operators, travel agencies or airlines; or it can be obtained from a Cuban government office or at any Cuban airport in the case of privately organized trips.

Health insurance

Since 2010, travelers must have a travel insurance that covers medical expenses in order to enter the country. Upon arrival, travelers may be required to present a proof of medical coverage valid for the period of their stay in Cuba, in the form of an insurance policy, insurance certificate, medical assistance card, etc. Travelers without medical insurance are required to purchase one through the local travelers’ aid company called ASISTUR S.A. (www.asistur.cu), they have an office in every Cuban Airport.

Return ticket and proof of sufficient funds

Upon entry in Cuba, tourists should have a return ticket and evidence of sufficient funds. Travelers arriving with air only tickets (no prepaid accommodation) may have to show that they carry sufficient funds to meet their financial needs, that is at least the equivalent to 50 CUC per day for the duration of the stay.

Special Visas

If you are planning to work in Cuba: you need a Business Visa
If you are planning to study in Cuba: you need a Student Visa

Departure Tax

NEW PROCEDURE FOR THE DEPARTURE TAX: As of May 1, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax is no longer paid at destination. It's now included in the taxes when buying a flight or package to Cuba.

Before May 1, 2015, the departure tax of 25 CUC per person was payable at the airport when leaving Cuba. A hologram sticker was affixed to the back of your boarding card as proof of payment.


Click HERE for more info about the Juan Gualberto Gomez Varadero International Airport (VRA).