Foreign travel advice
Make sure you get the correct visa for the purpose of your visit. As well as tourist visas, there are other visa categories for different types of travellers.
If you are entering Cuba as a tourist, you will need to get a tourist card before you travel.
If you’re a dual national, you should contact the Cuban Embassy for advice on entry requirements before you travel.
Your passport should be valid for entry into Cuba. We recommend it is valid for the duration of your stay to avoid unexpected delays in obtaining a new travel document before your departure. See further information.
Health screening at entry ports
The Cuban authorities have strengthened their health screening at entry ports. If you show symptoms of a temperature or infectious disease like Zika; or have come in contact with a suspected carrier of the disease, you may be subjected to a medical examination. In some cases you may be referred for medical observation for up to 10 days.
There’s a mandatory airport tax of 25 Cuban convertible pesos (CUCs). This fee should be included in the cost of your airline ticket. If in doubt, check with your airline.
Some electrical items with heavy power consumption may be confiscated on entry to Cuba. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are also subject to import requirements and may be confiscated. Confiscated items are normally returned on departure.
Mobile telephones, tablets and laptops can be taken to Cuba, but any inbuilt GPS should be disconnected or disabled. For more information on Cuban customs regulations, including a list of prohibited and regulated items, visit the Cuban Customs Administration website.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Cuba.