Obtaining a Cuba Tourist Card online at visacuba.com is a simple, straightforward process that won’t take you longer than 5 minutes.
There are two basic requirements to obtain a Cuba Tourist Card:
1- Holding a passport from an eligible country
2- Having pre-booked at least 3 nights’ accommodation in Cuba
Cuba Tourist Card Requirements: Accommodation
To apply for your tourist card, book first at least three nights at a hotel, beach resort, or private B&B in Cuba.
Alternatively, you can book directly with the accommodation provider. Many private B&Bs, known locally as “Casa Particular” will give you the option to book direct. See, for instance, Residencia Santa Clara located at the heart of Old Quarters Havana (residenciahotels.com)
Bear in mind when booking directly that you might be forfeiting financial insurance offered by tour operators in UK protected by the Civil Aviation Authority’s ATOL Licence or a membership of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)
Regardless your choice, once you’ve booked at least three nights’ accommodation in Cuba, you will have met one of the main requirements to apply for a Cuba Tourist Card.
Cuba Tourist Card Requirements: Nationality
Most countries are required to apply for a Cuba Tourist Card in order to travel to Cuba as a tourist. UK and EU nationals do require a Tourist Card.
If you’d like to check you are exempt from Cuba Tourist Card requirements, do take a look at the FAQs section on Visa Cuba’s website.
I meet all the requirements to apply for a Cuba Tourist Card. Now what?
You can fill out the form at visacuba.com, pay using any major credit/debit card provider, and have the Cuba Tourist Card delivered to your preferred address. (See links below to purchase a Cuba Tourist Card as Standard or Priority Service )
Alternatively, you can contact the Cuban Consulate in London, make an appointment, travel to the Consulate near Holborn, queue up early in the morning since the Consulate closes at 12AM, and pay for your visa using postal orders which can be purchased at a premium from the Post Office.
To apply online, all you would need is your personal details as they appear in your passport and the name of the hotel, private B&B booked in Cuba.