Although Filipinos require a visa for Cuba, we don’t really need to endure a rigorous process in getting one. Philippines is one of the countries that can get Tourist Card in order to enter Cuba. Tourist card will allow you to stay in Cuba for 30 days which you can extend for the same period of time once you’re already in Cuba. So here are the ways on how to get Cuba tourist visa for Filipino citizen.
Where Can You Obtain Tourist Card?
- Airlines – You can get your tourist card from your airline on the last leg of your trip. For example, if you’re flying Manila-Miami-Havana, you will have to get your Tourist Card from your airline in Miami before flying to Cuba. Please note that the price varies from airline to airline and from which country you are buying it.
- If you’re flying to Cuba from the US you will have to pay between USD$50-$110 depending on the airline, which makes the US the most expensive place to get your tourist card. Also US is the only one providing the “pink card” (while other countries use green card) and you have to make sure you have a pink card when departing from any US airports. You can apply for it online and the airline will either give it to you at the gate or the airline will send it to you via mail. Just make sure to clarify directly from the airline.
- If you’re flying to Cuba from Canada, the airline includes the price of the tourist card on your ticket.
- If you’re flying from Mexico, you will have to pay at the check in counter before you board your flight going to Cuba.
2. Travel Agencies – majority of the travel agencies that sell trips to Cuba also provide tourist card. However, the price is almost similar to what you have to pay if flying through US airlines.
3. Embassy or Consulate – Unfortunately we don’t have a Cuban embassy in Manila. If you google it though, you will find info that we do have one. But it’s not existing anymore. I tried contacting them and the contact details are not working anymore. Either way, if you find yourself resorting through this avenue, below are the requirements.
General requirements for Tourist Visa Card
- One completed and duly signed application form.
- Photocopy of valid passport – passports must have at least one month remaining validity beyond intended departure from Cuba.
- Photocopy of return ticket or travel agent voucher for pre-paid package tour.
- Fee (payable in cash) which varies depending on the country.
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Update as of August 2017: Cuba is now requiring visa for Filipinos technically. However, there are people I know who went recently with just tourist card and they got through. I also have a friend who applied for visa in Hong Kong and arrived in Cuba last June and was questioned why he had a visa. I also know people who were asked for it. I tried to contact the embassies in Malaysia and Hong Kong to verify the requirements but I haven’t received an update yet unfortunately. So as a rule of thumb, please check with embassies and official sources for the visa requirements.