If you’re travelling to Cuba this year and have a British passport you will require a visa. So, with that in mind, here are a few things you need to know if you want to get your holiday off to a pleasant start.
What is a Cuba visa?
A visa is a crucial document which is required to gain entry into Cuba. Also, known as a tourist card, the visa allows the holder to visit Cuba for up to 30 days within 180 days after the date of issue. However, if you want to extend your visa you can for a further 30 days, but please note this will come at an additional cost.
What do I have to do to acquire a visa?
Not all visas will be included in the price of your holiday, so it may be a good idea to check with your tour operator to see if this is something which will have to be purchased separately. If you’re travelling with Thomas Cook you will be happy to know that they also provide a Cuba visa in the price of their package holidays.
Costing around £16 your visa must be purchased before your departure date, and can be acquired through the Cuban Embassy or online at The Travel Visa Company.
With some tourist cards taking as long as four weeks to arrive, we suggest that the application process is completed straight away in case there are any issues. All visas will be sent by recorded delivery with a follow-up email to ensure any concerns can be dealt with quickly.
What will happen if I don’t have a visa?
Unfortunately, if you turn up to the airport without a valid visa you will not be allowed to board. Also, if you’re travelling as a group, each member of your party must obtain a visa, even infants. That said – it may be best to double check that you have the right amount of visas as you won’t be able to purchase one at the airport.
What will happen if I lose my visa?
If you have lost or misplaced your tourist card, you should contact the Travel Visa Company directly on 01270 250590 and they will be able to advise you on the best solution.
What will happen if I’ve made a mistake on the form?
This will depend on whether your tourist card has been sent out or still being processed. If your tourist card is still being processed you should contact The Travel Visa Company immediately on 01270 250590 and they may be able to amend this for you. Alternatively, if your card has already been sent out it is likely that you will have to purchase another one.
If you don’t have time to get another one, we suggest taking the one you have to the airport. This way you will still be allowed to board in the UK yet may be refused entry when you get to Cuba. But don’t worry, you will be able to purchase a replacement and fill it out in the airport.
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