Snag a Southwest Cuban Visa Before Your Trip to Cuba
Updated January 3, 2018
Visitors to Cuba from almost every country, including the United States, need a visa/tourist card to enter the country. When traveling on Southwest, this is how you get one.
By the way, Americans can still travel to Cuba despite recent changes to Cuba travel policy. A legal trip is just a matter of making sure you know what's changed and how it affects your plans. ViaHero has you covered with the latest updates on Cuba travel policies in these recent articles:
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The following guidelines are for those who have purchased airline tickets to Cuba on Southwest. If you’re traveling on a different airline, one of the following articles will be more helpful:
- How to Get a JetBlue Cuba Visa
- How to Get an American Airlines Cuban Visa
- How to Get a Delta Cuba Visa
- How to Get a Cuban Visa: A Step-By-Step Guide
Southwest recommends purchasing your tourist card in advance from Cuba Visa Services. You can order it online or by phone and then pick up your Southwest Cuban visa at the airport when you arrive for your flight out of Fort Lauderdale or Tampa. If you don’t purchase your visa in advance, you should be able to buy it at the airport. But as Southwest recommends advance purchase, we do too.
Make sure you purchase a pink tourist card. The color signifies that you are entering Cuba from the United States, which you definitely will be if you are traveling on Southwest. No matter your country of origin, you need a pink tourist card when flying between the U.S. and Cuba.
Once you have your Southwest Cuban visa, fill it out completely and neatly. Don’t lose it! Treat it just like you would your passport. You’ll need it to enter and exit Cuba.