NOTE: While the US Government has long restricted travel to Cuba for US citizens, the Trump administration announced on June 4th, 2019 that organized tours and cruise ships will be banned from stopping in the Caribbean nation as of June 5th, 2019. In their announcement, the State Department said "the United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, and private and corporate aircraft."
This also means that non-US travelers will not be able to transit via the United States to Cuba and won't be able to bring Cuban goods into the country.
Travelers flying to Cuba (not via the US) can purchase a green Cuba Tourist Card from their Cuban consulate, or a travel agent authorized to sell the cards.
Shop around as prices vary, and some airlines include the Tourist Card in the price of the flight.
Other types of travel to Cuba, which require the purchase of a visa, include Journalism, Business, Event, Diplomatic, or Family.
Check your country’s requirements here.
Tourist Cards are generally issued for 30 days, and can be extended in-country for another 30 days.
Different rules and different extension prices apply for different nationalities. The extension requires the purchase of a bank stamp before attending an immigration office.
All travelers who enter Cuba must have travel insurance (with medical cover) documentation. This has been mandatory since May 2010.
Random checks made me made on entry; a definite check is made when you request to extend your stay (prorrogar) at an immigration office in Cuba.
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