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How do you arrange a visa for Cuba?

How do you arrange a visa for Cuba?

How do you arrange a visa for Cuba?

Cuba is a special country to visit. It has a turbulent and incredibly interesting history along with a unique and tropical nature. It is the ideal place for a sun holiday where you also want to learn something. But of course Cuba is not in the European union and so there is a fairly present chance that you have to arrange a visa, how does all this work

What do you need?

Let’s start with the simplest question, whether you need a visa for Cuba. The answer is yes to this. Also, Cuba is not super international like the United States and so it is important to get to work with it on time so that you don’t get into trouble. Cuba is not a country where you want to get into trouble. So how do you get this visa you need?

Visa for Cuba - A kiosk
Cozy streetscape Caribbean

How do you arrange a visa for Cuba?

Arranging a visa can seem complicated, but this is actually very easy. The important thing is that you start on time. It is wise to start arranging your visa at least half a year in advance, so you can be sure that everything is in on time and you will not experience any problems in Cuba.

The first thing you need to arrange before you start your visa is to provide a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your trip. If you don’t have a passport yet, this is when you have to apply for it and if your passport expires before then it is also wise to apply for it now. You may not want to apply for a new passport until later, so you don’t waste the validity of this current passport, but that can be awkward with applying for a visa. Make sure you’ve arranged your passport first.

Then the application for a visa starts, it is also occasionally called a tourist card, but that is basically the same document. You can apply for a visa online. You will then be sent a blank visa by post, which you still have to fill out yourself. So don’t be alarmed if the piece of paper you’re ingested is still completely empty. If you are travelling with a company then it is useful to apply for all these visas at once so that you can fill in all the information at the same time. That way, you’re assured that this is all true.

Watch out! All travellers must have their own visa. Children and babies must all have their own visas. It is therefore also wise to ensure that all travellers have their own passports, including children and babies. Regardless of age, everyone must have their own visa.

Street scene with car Havana
With a Visa Cuba streets Havana
Renting a car with a visa for cuba

Where can you apply for a visa cuba?

You have several online websites where you can apply for this visa, many travel companies also arrange it for you if you travel with them to Cuba. The prices always vary slightly but it is usually a few euros.

You can also travel to the Consulate of Cuba in Rotterdamor Brusselswhere you can arrange it on the spot. If you live in Rotterdam or Brussels or near these cities this can be just as easy. Filling in the blank visaYf of course you want to avoid filling in the blank visa incorrectly and you have to start the whole procedure again. That’s why we’ve set out some of the rules you have to follow.

First, it is essential that you write everything down in block letters, so that you avoid any ambiguities. In addition, it is useful to keep your passport next to it and double check that you are taking over all the information correctly. A spelling error can therefore cause the visa to be invalidated.

You may not put stripes by putting your words on the blank visa, even then it will be invalidated. This is why you have to pay extra attention when completing your visa. It would be wiser to fill everything in pencil first so that you can still erase if you fill in something wrong, although you would like to avoid it and it is therefore better to pay attention before writing something down. The visa will have two fields called ‘ENTRADA’ and ‘SALIDA’. You have to leave it empty so customs in Cuba can fill them out

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The streets of Havana

What’s not allowed?

The visa you apply for for Cuba is a tourist visa and some things are not allowed. So it is not allowed to work while in Cuba. This visa is not valid if you fly to Cuba from America or you come from a cruise ship. In that case, you must apply for apink visa.That’s a whole other subject. You can also stay in Cuba for a maximum of 30 days on a tourist visa.

It is possible to renew your visa in Cuba by 30 days. It is important that you do this at least 5 days before your current visa expires. You can have this done at the local immigration office and you must be able to prove that the flight home and accommodation have already been booked. To pay for this you first have to pass the Cuban bank or fetch stamps or ‘sellos’. Obtaining a visa for Cuba is not necessarily a lot of work, but you have to pay attention to all the details. If you start this on time, it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake. But if you pay attention every step of the way, this is not necessary at all.

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