CUBAN ENTRY VISAS, PASSPORTS & RENEWALS
Each Licensed Traveler must possess a valid and effective visa to enter Cuba. The traveler is responsible for obtaining the correct visa to enter Cuba. Airline Brokers can assist a Licensed Traveler with the Cuban entry visa. Our service includes submitting a required application to the Cuban Interests Section located in Washington, D.C. Airline Brokers, however, is not responsible for determining whether a traveler qualifies for a particular visa or for issuing the visa.
In addition to the Cuban entry visa, each Licensed Traveler must hold a valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least two months after the traveler plans to depart Cuba. The traveler is responsible for obtaining his passport and/or verifying that is effective. Except as noted under “Cuban Americans” below, Airline Brokers does not provide passport services to U.S. citizens.
Please note that the “Cuban entry visa” is not the same thing as an OFAC “license.” These are two different requirements. Under U.S. law (specifically the Cuban Assets Control Regulations), a U.S. person must qualify for a general license or hold specific licenses to travel to Cuba. Once traveler determines that he qualifies for a general license or obtains a specific license, he may obtain the appropriate Cuban entry visa. This is a separate requirement – not of the U.S. government, but rather of the Cuban government.
U.S. CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS
(WHO WERE NOT BORN IN CUBA)
This applies to all persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, including U.S. citizens, U.S. residents, and foreign nationals within the United States. It also applies to foreign nationals who propose to travel from Cuba to the United States (and thereby make themselves subject to U.S. jurisdiction). Cuban Americans, who are born in the United States, are “U.S. citizens.”
Cuba issues different types of visas, depending upon the proposed activities in Cuba. For example, the Cuban government will issue “tourist” visas to U.S. persons who qualify for the general license to participate in people-to-people exchanges. (The tourist visa is a type of visa issued by the Cuban government for general travel. It does not mean that U.S. persons may engage in tourist activities. Under the CACR, U.S. persons must engage in the activities for which they are licensed.) Cuba may require a different visa for persons who will conduct certain professional activities in Cuba.
Cuba does have a multiple entry visa. Licensed Travelers do not have to obtain the multiple
entry visa. It is an option, if Licensed Travelers need or plan to travel more than one time
to Cuba. Of course, Licensed Travelers must continue to qualify for a general license or hold
specific licenses before they may travel multiple times!
The Cuban government has different requirements for Cuban Americans. The requirements depend upon when the Cuban American emigrated from Cuba.
If a Licensed Traveler was born in Cuba and permanently left the island on or after December 31, 1970, he must have a valid (effective) Cuban passport in order to enter Cuba. The Cuban government requires that this Cuban American dual-citizen enter and depart Cuba on his Cuban passport, even though he will use his U.S. passport to depart and re-enter the United States. If a Licensed Traveler does not have a valid Cuban passport, Airline Brokers can assist with the application for a new Cuban passport or for a renewed Cuban passport. The traveler just needs to complete the Airline Brokers Passport and Visa Form. Once the form is fully completed, please return it by mail (or overnight delivery) to Airline Brokers, along with 5 passport photographs.
Cuban Passport Renewal Fee: $430.00
If a Licensed Traveler was born in Cuba and permanently left the island before December 31, 1970, he does not need a valid Cuban passport. The traveler only needs PE-11 visa before entering Cuba. To obtain this visa, please complete the Airline Brokers Passport and Visa Form. Please then mail this form to Airline Brokers, along with the following documents:
- 2 passport photos;
- Evidence of your departure prior to December 31, 1970, and
- Copy of your US passport or residency card.
Cost for PE-11 Visa: $220.00
The Licensed Traveler should allow at least 30 business days for the processing of passports and visas.
A foreign national in the United States may travel to Cuba, only if he qualifies for a general license or holds a specific license from OFAC. This foreign national – a Licensed Traveler – must obtain the appropriate Cuban entry visa. He also needs the appropriate U.S. visa, if he plans to return to the United States. In addition, the foreign national must hold a valid passport.
A foreign national, who wants to travel from Cuba to the United States, must comply with U.S. licensing requirements and with U.S. visa requirements. This means that the foreign national must be in Cuba for a reason that would otherwise qualify for an OFAC general license. If he meets this OFAC requirement, the foreign national then may travel from Cuba to the United States, provided that he holds the proper U.S. entry visa and a valid passport. At this time, the Visa Waiver Program does not apply for travel from Cuba to the United States.
Airline Brokers can assist with a foreign national’s travel arrangements, only if the foreign national (1) complies with OFAC’s travel licensing requirements, (2) holds the appropriate entry visas (visa to enter Cuba and visa to enter the U.S.), and (3) holds a valid passport. If a foreign national would like our assistance, he should complete the Airline Brokers Passport and Visa Form. Please then mail this form to Airline Brokers, along with the following documents:
- 2 passport photos;
- Copy of the passport, and
- Copy of the U.S. entry visa.
As explained on the Reservations link, each Licensed Traveler must complete the Airline Brokers Reservation Form. This form requires that the traveler make a certification as to the regulatory section that authorizes him to travel to Cuba. This requirement applies to all of the travelers identified above, including foreign nationals who propose to travel from Cuba to the United States.
Our team will be happy to reserve travel to Cuba from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, or Los Angeles. Weekly flights to Havana, Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Holguin & Santiago de Cuba! For a full flight schedules & airfare prices Click here.
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