Essential Requirements for Traveling to Cuba

Essential Requirements for Traveling to Cuba

To travel to Cuba, make sure to prepare the following:

  1. Cuban Tourist Card: Apply for your Cuban Tourist Card online. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from your travel date to Cuba and three months from your departure date from Cuba.
  2. Travel Insurance: Obtain travel insurance that includes coverage for medical assistance in Cuba. You can choose any insurance provider that covers Cuba. For example, JustTravelCover provides travel insurance for Cuba; for more information, please check out JustTravelCover, which was voted the best Travel Insurance Provider for 2023. Use code “JGFT10” for a 10% discount on your first purchase, or look out for any offers that they may have.
    • If you have insurance through your bank, contact them to confirm their policies cover Cuba.
  3. Accommodation: Book your first night’s accommodation before you arrive in Cuba.
  4. Flights: In order to comply with the regulations governing travel to Cuba, it is a requirement that you possess confirmed flight bookings for both inbound and outbound journeys. We kindly request that you ensure that your travel arrangements are in accordance with this mandate before embarking on your journey.
  5. Advance Passenger Information Form: Complete the Advance Passenger Information form (also known as the Health Declaration form) online within 48 hours before you arrive in Cuba. Access the form here: (note: we don’t manage this page). We recommend using Browser Google Chrome.
    • In order to complete the form provided, it is necessary to have some additional information at hand. One of the required details is the province in which your hotel or Casa is situated. It is important to thoroughly review the entire address of your hotel or Casa, as it will provide you with the information you need. For instance, if your hotel is located in Varadero, it falls under the province of Matanzas.
    • Another helpful tip to fill out the Advanced Passenger Information form is to fill in only what you need, no institution number, for example, if you are going on holiday.

Please note that this information applies to tourists departing from the UK or EU countries. Please refer to this page for passengers travelling via or from the USA.

This Essential requirement for Traveling to Cuba could be overlooked, so please follow this information for a smooth trip.

For up-to-date information, check the FCO Travel Advice page. For additional information about travelling to Cuba, please read our frequently asked questions on Cuba travel.