Visas to Cuba with entry from the United States
Regulations for entry into the country
However, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel. Individuals who meet the general license conditions under which they plan to travel do not need to apply for an additional OFAC license to travel to Cuba. These 12 categories for authorized travel to Cuba include: family visits; official work for the U.S. government, foreign governments, and some nongovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, participation in sports events or other competitions or exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations, research, or educational institutions; exports, imports, or transmission of information or information materials; and some transactions for authorized exports.
For details of the rules on sanctions against Cuba, including fact sheets on recent changes and information on how to apply for an OFAC license, please visit this website of the Treasury Department on sanctions against Cuba. The State Department also provides information on sanctions against Cuba and travel restrictions on its website on sanctions against Cuba.
In accordance with President Trump’s Presidential National Security Memorandum on Strengthening U.S. Policy Toward Cuba of June 2017, the State Department also published a list of entities and sub-entities that are under the control of, or act on behalf of, Cuban military forces, intelligence or security services, or their officials, and that if direct financial transactions with them were to occur would disproportionately benefit the Cuban military forces, intelligence or security services, or their officials, at the expense of the Cuban people or private companies in Cuba: the List of Entities and Subentities with Restrictions Associated with Cuba (“List of Restricted Cuban Entities”). Persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States will henceforth be prohibited from engaging in certain direct financial transactions with entities and sub-entities identified by the Department of State on the List of Restricted Cuban Entities. Certain transactions will be excluded from this prohibition, subject to the exceptions set forth in the NSPM.
Can I travel to Cuba from the United States?
Every day, companies like American Airlines offer more and more services to travel to Cuba from Europe with a stopover at U.S. airports. It is important to note that to take a flight from the U.S. the reason for your trip to Cuba must be framed in one of the 13 categories authorized by the Office of Asset Control of the United States, known by its acronym OFAC.
Authorized visitor categories to enter Cuba
- Family visits
- Official government affairs
- Journalistic activity
- Professional meetings or investigations
- Educational activities or exchanges between groups of people
- Religious activities
- Sports and public events
- Support for the Cuban people
- Humanitarian Projects
- Informative materials
- Authorized export activities
- Non-immigrant Cuban citizen
Does Cuba require a different visa for these cases?
For these cases only the “pink visa” is valid, the green visas used by travelers who do not include the United States in their itinerary to Cuba are not valid.
What is the price of the Pink Visa?
The pink visa has a government fee of $136 and is not sold in the Consulates and Embassies of Cuba located outside the United States. To do it easier, you can purchase it through our website and get it at home.
What information do I need to provide and how long does it take?
If you go to one of our offices, the visa is processed immediately and only the passport or legible photocopy of the same is necessary, so the same person can process the visas of several travelers, presenting the corresponding documentation. When the visa for Cuba is purchased through our website, it is sent by post and must be received within approximately 7 working days.
How long is it valid?
It is valid for 30 days from the date of entry into the country. The visa admits an extension of 30 days more of stay to be processed directly with the immigration authorities in Havana.
Given the large number of incidents that is generating the reservation of flights to Havana including stopovers in the U.S., we have received the following communication from the immigration authorities of Cuba that leaves no room for doubt regarding the established procedure.
From the U.S.A. only the Pink Tourist Cards are valid, therefore any foreigner who travels to Cuba from the territory of the United States must do so with the Pink Tourist Card, it can never be green. If a traveler presents himself at the airport with a green card, he will not be able to board. It is a violation for tourists from the United States to enter Cuba with a green card, even if the U.S. is only one stop on their travel itinerary.