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Answering Your Cuban Travel Questions: “How Much is a Cuban Visa from the US?" and More

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Are you thinking of traveling to Cuba, but seem to keep getting inconsistent answers to your multitude of questions?

Does the process of visa applications and booking the right accommodations feel a bit overwhelming?

Are you looking for one reliable source to give you the information you need to make your trip-planning a breeze? 

Easy Tourist Card is here to help.


If you’re in the process of planning a trip to Cuba, you have no doubt found yourself with a long list of pre-trip questions and some pretty inconsistent answers.

From “How long can I stay in Cuba?” to “How much will the Cuban visa cost me?” your list of questions will need accurate and reliable answers so that you can have the peace of mind needed for a trip of this magnitude.

Let’s look at some of the biggest Cuban travel questions and provide you with the right answers so that you can plan and enjoy your Cuban adventure.

Question #1: What is the difference between a Cuban Tourist Card and a Cuba Visa?

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It’s common to see the terms Cuban VisaCuban Tourist Visa, and Cuban Tourist Card all used interchangeably, though there are some subtle differences to each.

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Cuba Visas are only needed for individuals from certain countries.

These are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Libya
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen
  • Natives of the Fujian
  • Province in China

For citizens of the above countries, obtaining a Cuba visa online isn’t possible, so they’ll need to visit the closest Cuban embassy or Cuban consulate to have Cuban Visa Application.

A Cuban Tourist Card (or Cuba Tourist Visa) is a document that allows citizens of certain countries to travel to Cuba without going through the process of applying for a Cuba Visa.

For those who are coming from North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, or Europe, a Cuba Tourist Card is available online.

Question #2: I am eligible to travel to Cuba with a Tourist Card. But which one do I apply for?

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Once you’ve established that you are eligible to travel to Cuba with a Tourist Card, you’re next step will be to determine which one applies to you.

There are two types of Tourist Cards to enter Cuba — the Green Tourist Card and the Pink Tourist Card.

NOTE: The rules for Tourist Card requirements have changed in 2024. Please read carefully!

Green Tourist Card:

The Green Tourist Card is the one that you will apply for if you are traveling from a non-US airport AND if you are not a U.S. citizen.

This means that if you are traveling from anywhere other than United States soil AND you aren’t an American, you will apply for the Green Tourist Card.

Pink Tourist Card:

The Pink Tourist Card is the one that you will apply for if you are a U.S. citizen AND/OR if you are traveling from the United States.
This means that if your travel to Cuba is from United States soil, the Pink Card is the one you need, no matter what your nationality is.
This also means that if you are a United States citizen, no matter where you are traveling from, you will need to apply for a Pink Tourist Card.

If you need more clarification, please contact us for help.

Question #3: What is the cost of the Cuba Visa and the Cuba Tourist Card?

If you are traveling from a country that requires a visa, the Cuba Visa fee may vary based on your country of origin.

The Cuba Tourist Card, on the other hand, is a set price on our website.

If you are applying for the Green Tourist Card (meaning you are not traveling from the United States AND you are not a U.S. citizen) you’ll pay 40 USD plus shipping fees.

If you are applying for the Pink Tourist Card (meaning you are traveling from United States soil AND/OR you are a United States citizen) you will pay 100 USD plus shipping fees.

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A credit or debit card can be used to purchase either the Green Tourist Card or the Pink Tourist Card from our website.

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Question #4: How long can I stay in Cuba and what if I want to extend my trip?

Once you’ve applied for your Tourist Card, your visa validity is good for up to 90 days from the moment you enter Cuba.

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This means that you can go ahead and apply for your Cuban Tourist Card as soon as your trip is confirmed since the visa validity won’t start until you enter the country.

For anyone who decides they aren’t ready to depart Cuba after 90 days, the Cuban government allows for your Tourist Card to be extended for another 90 days once you’re in the country.

You’ll need to visit the proper authorities once you’re in Cuba and present to them your documentation (current Tourist Card, valid passport, a receipt from the house or hotel where you are staying, and a document to prove you have travel insurance.

Question #5: Why do I need travel insurance to enter Cuba?

Travel insurance is a prerequisite for visiting Cuba for several reasons.

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Insurance ensures visitors can access necessary healthcare without financial hindrance. It also provides financial protection for unexpected events, covers evacuation and repatriation costs, and contributes to public health measures by facilitating timely medical attention.

Ultimately, having travel insurance offers peace of mind, and compliance with entry requirements, and mitigates any financial risks that might be associated with unforeseen circumstances during your Cuban adventure.

Getting travel insurance is easy.

At Easy Tourist Card, we provide Cuban travel insurance through our travel insurance partner IATI.

You can choose this option when you are purchasing your Tourist Card, or you can check with your existing insurance company and see if travel insurance is already part of your plan.

And, if you are unsure which option to choose, you can always contact us at Eary Tourist Card for help navigating the insurance process.

Question #6: What documents do I need to enter Cuba?

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Knowing what travel documents you need for travel to Cuba is going to help you be prepared and make sure there are no surprises when you get ready to board your plane.

Though the requirements may be a bit different for each nationality, these are the main documents that everyone will need to produce for entry into Cuba.
1. A valid passport (with at least 6 months of validity left on them.)
2. Your completed visa or Cuba Tourist Card
3. Flight tickets (arrival and return) and itinerary
4. Travel insurance documents
5. Currency for exchange
6. Credit/debit cards (You will want to notify your bank before you depart.)
6. Photocopies of important documents (passport, insurance, etc.)

While this is a basic list of needed and suggested documents, it’s going to be important that you check with your airline or local embassy to make sure there are no additional materials you may need based on your country of origin or your travel intentions while in Cuba.

Do You Have More Questions? Easy Tourist Card Has More Answers

If you are trying to navigate the intricacies of traveling to Cuba, you need a reliable and up-to-date source for all your questions about travel to this Caribbean country.

At Easy Tourist Card, we can give you the most accurate answers for Cuban Tourist Cards of any other online website.

Knowing the ins and outs of tourist cards is what we do.

We can also help answer your questions about what travel documents you need, how to obtain travel insurance, and many of the smaller — but still important — questions that are bound to be on your mind before you set off for your Cuban adventure.

If you are ready to apply for your Cuban Tourist Card, or if you have more questions before you do, reach out to us today.

We have the answers you are looking for to make your visit to Cuba one that’s safe, easy, and unforgettable.

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