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Cuba Visa Application Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What is a Cuba Visa?
- 2. What is the difference between a passport and a Cuba visa?
- 3. Do I need a visa for Cuba?
- 4. What is the difference between a Cuba tourist and Cuba business visa?
- 5. How long does it take to obtain a Cuba visa?
- 6. How long is a Cuba visa valid?
What is a Cuba Visa?
A Cuba visa is a stamp or endorsement placed by officials of Cuba on a passport that allows the bearer to visit Cuba. Visas are obtained from the Embassy or consulates of Cuba for your visit. "Visit" is further defined as the reason for entry, usually business, tourist or transitory. There are over 270 countries that offer visas and literally thousands of different types of visas available based upon country, type of visit, and length of visit.
What is the difference between a passport and a Cuba visa?
A passport is an official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship. The passport serves two purposes; to regain entry to the country of citizenship (i.e. the United States) and is a requirement by many countries to gain entry to the country you are visiting.
A Cuba visa is an official government document that temporarily authorizes you to be in the country. Many countries require a visa to gain entry. The Cuba visa is in the form of a stamp/sticker IN the passport and is obtained from a Cuba Embassy in Washington DC or consulates around the country. We have staff spread around the country to hand carry your application for you and then overnight the passport back when it is completed.
Who needs a Cuba visa?
All US Citizens require a visa and a US passport to travel to Cuba, whether for business or tourism. MOST foreign nationals require a visa. We can help you to obtain a visa as well as a US passport.
Cuba visas are issued according to the purpose of the trip; choose the visa that best describes your trip :
Activities which require a Cuba Tourist Visa
Tourism trip; visits to relatives
and/or friends; scientists,
professors or researchers attending
cultural, technological or
scientific conferences, seminars or
meetings (services provided must not
be paid by
reimbursement for expenses or per
diem allowances); unpaid
participation in athletic or
performing arts events or
Tourist visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Cuba.
Activities which require a Cuba Business Visa
Business trips, except when the trip involves the provision of technical assistance services of any nature.
How long does it take to obtain a Cuba visa?
Typically, a visa takes anywhere from 2 days to 15 days to process in the Cuba Embassy/Consulate depending on the consulate that we need to send the application to and whether you choose to "rush" your Cuba visa.