The Cuban government requires visitors from almost every country to obtain an official 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.
As of fall 2023, Jetblue no longer operates flights to Cuba. But the guidelines below outline the general Cuba visa process.
Americans who travel to Cuba on an OFAC "General License" need a Tourist Card (aka "visa"). Tourist Cards are valid for 30 days and can be renewed once in Cuba for an additional 30 days.
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. This is the safest and cheapest option.
Purchasing a Cuban Tourist Card at the airport is possible with American Airlines, Delta, and United. If you choose this option, check with the airline in advance about where to get the visa and the cost so you don’t run into any surprises.
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, from your airline, or by any other method.
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.
Next, check out: