ViaHero · Updated October 2, 2018
The Cuban government requires visitors from almost every country to obtain a Tourist Card (sometimes called a visa). It’s a pink or green paper that notes information about you and your travels like your date of entry into Cuba. You must have it to enter and exit Cuba. Follow the steps below to get your Cuban Tourist Card.
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Who needs a Tourist Card?
Americans who travel to Cuba on an OFAC general license need a Cuba visa/tourist card. These are valid for 30 days and can be renewed once in Cuba for an additional 30 days.
The following guidelines are for the Cuban tourist card for those flying on JetBlue. If you’re traveling on an airline other than JetBlue, it will be more helpful to review general guidelines on the Cuba tourist card/visa.
How do you get a Tourist Card?
Pro tip: You can purchase your Cuban Tourist Card online in advance if you don't want to wait until the last minute to procure it (JetBlue offers Tourist Cards at the final airport before you depart the United States).
Purchasing a Cuban Tourist Card from JetBlue costs $50, and you'll need the following items in order to get it:
- Boarding pass
- Credit/debit card
Do you need a green or pink card?
If you're entering Cuba from the United States, your Tourist Card will be pink (regardless of what country your passport is from). If you're entering from outside the US, it will be green, whether you buy it online, your airline, or by any other method.
How long should you keep your Tourist Card?
Once you have your Cuban Tourist Card in hand, fill it out completely and legibly. Store it with your passport and don’t lose it! You will need it in order to depart Cuba. If you lose it then you’ll lose at least a day trying to get a new one. It's just a hassle you don't need on your trip to Cuba.