ViaHero · Updated October 2, 2018
Visitors to Cuba from almost every country, including the United States, need a Cuban Tourist Card (sometimes called a Cuba Visa) to enter the country. When traveling on Southwest, this is how you get one.
Once you give the article a read feel free to message us with any questions you still have about getting a Cuban Tourist Card.
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
Do you need a pink or green Tourist Card?
If you're flying from the US, 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. If you're flying directly to Cuba from outside the US (which Southwest doesn't do), you need a green card.
How to purchase your Tourist Card
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
Pro tip: if you don't want to wait until arriving at the airport to secure your Tourist Card, you can purchase it online, ahead of time, from Easy Tourist Card and have it shipped anywhere in the world with DHL 2-day shipping.
Once you have your Tourist Card, 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.