Yes - A visa is required for travel to Cuba

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A business visa is required for business travel to Cuba. The Consulate of Cuba requires applicants to apply for Cuban visas directly, and a personal appearance may be necessary at the nearest Cuban Consulate. The information below is offered only as a guideline. We recommend that you contact the consulate to obtain the most current requirements and make an appointment if necessary.


Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport and one copy of the passport information pages. The passport must be valid for 6 months beyond stay in Cuba, with at least one blank passport page available for Cuban visa stamp. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for a Cuban visa.


Cuba Visa Application Form:

One signed Cuban visa application form. After placing your order, fill out the application form included in your Visa Application Kit.


Photo Requirements:

One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.


Other Forms:

Purpose of Travel Affidavit
The traveler must sign this document and include it with documents sent to Travisa as a declaration that the purpose of journey has been accurately represented on all application materials. It is recommended to carry a copy or other form of proof of activities in Cuba, which may be required by US Customs upon return to the United States.


Official Invitation:

Approval from the Cuban Immigration Office, obtained by the host institution in Cuba and submitted directly to the Cuban Consulate.
- It is not required to file documentation along with the application, but visa issuance depends on this approval having been received by the Cuban Consulate.


Letter of Intent:

A letter of intent, addressed to the Cuban Interests Section, respectfully requesting the approval for the Cuban visa. The letter must specify details of the trip, host company in Cuba, and individuals to be met in Cuba. In addition, dates of travel, duration of stay and any relevant information about the trip should be included.

To generate a Cuba Visa Letter of Intent, fill out this On-Line Letter Form and print the completed letter on your company letterhead.


Special Instructions:

The Cuban assets control regulations of the U.S. Treasury Department require that persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction have a license to engage in any transactions related to travel to, from and within Cuba. Transactions related to tourist and business travel are not licensable. This restriction includes tourist or business travel from or through third countries such as Mexico, Canada, or Caribbean countries. OFAC website (Office of Cuban Assets Control). Additional information regarding licensing and travel restrictions.

Learn more about policy changes regarding travel to Cuba from the United States.

Register your trip with the US Embassy:

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. Registration notifies the US Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program. Feel more secure about your international travels by having Travisa register your trip with the US Department of State; simply complete the form on your visa application kit after placing your order.