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Get a Cuba Visa Online Right Now

ViaHero
Updated October 10, 2022

Traveling to Cuba? You need a Tourist Card (sometimes referred to as a "Cuba visa"). Don’t worry—getting one is as simple as filling in a little information and paying the fee. Keep reading to find out how to get a Cuba visa online.

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Why You Need A Cuba Tourist Card/Visa

While Americans can now travel to Cuba, they are required to purchase a Tourist Card when traveling to Cuba. Why? Because that’s the document that the Cuban government requires for travelers from nearly every country in the world! But it's important to know the difference between the US and Cuban requirements.

Who requires the Tourist Card?

The US government requires all American travelers to choose a travel category to prove that they are "not traveling for tourism" but are instead traveling to learn about Cuba and interact with the Cuban people. The travel category is self-reporting and almost every trip fits under the Support for the Cuban People category.

The Cuba Tourist Card/visa is completely different. It's a Cuban government requirement, and it’s just a piece of paper that you must purchase in advance and fill out in order to be allowed to enter Cuba. You must keep it to show upon departure from Cuba as well. The paper is pink if you are traveling from the US to Cuba, but it’s green if you are traveling from anywhere else.

The Cuba visa/Tourist Card shows information like your name, travel dates, passport number, etc., so that officials can keep track of your time in Cuba.

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Where to Get a Cuba Visa Online

You can buy your Tourist Card online, in advance of your trip. This is the easiest and safest option if you don't want to wait until the very last moment to secure your necessary travel documents.

  • If you're traveling to Cuba from the US (regardless of citizenship), you can use Online Tourist Card to get the best rate on your pink Cuban Tourist Card.
    • Online Tourist Card ships anywhere in the lower 48 states via UPS and offers many shipping options.
  • If you're traveling to Cuba from anywhere else in the world, use Easy Tourist Card to buy your green Cuban Tourist Card.
    • Easy Tourist Card ships anywhere in the world via DHL but only offers 1 shipping option.
  • Buying your Tourist Card online allows you to skip the lines at the airport (especially important if you have a connecting flight to Cuba).

Pro tip:  If you're confused about the difference between pink and green Cuban Tourist Cards, read up on them here.

Other options

Some airlines also have an online offer. Learn more about those possibilities in ViaHero’s articles about Cuba visas by airline:

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Still have questions about how to get a Cuba visa online? Our Cuban travel planners are here to help. And before your trip, make sure you check out:

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