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Dec 29th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Cuba tourist document

We are Brits living in the US and would like to visit Cuba like our Brit friends who live in the UK. There are of course lots of difficulties in doing that, one of them being the tourist card. What exactly is it and how do you go about applying for it from the US? We would like to hear of any practical solutions to the problem of getting there (and back) from here.
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Dec 30th, 2010, 02:45 AM
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Not sure it's the tourist card that would be the difficulty, it's the point of origin being the US. I don't believe your nationality makes any difference but maybe someone living in the US can clarify.

No idea if you can get one in the US - in the UK you get it from the tour operator, or you can purchase it online from the Cuban Embassy or even purchase it at the airport from Virgin Atlantic's ticket desk at Gatwick. It's like a landing card, with several copies which you complete and get bits back which you keep until you leave the country. If you mess up the form, you have to purchase another one.

Can you purchase a package holiday departing from Canada perhaps?
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Dec 30th, 2010, 04:00 AM
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www.cubajet.com flights to HAV out of CUN

your best bet usally check usually do your cards

with them...

From the US www.spiritair.com many others cheap nice

flights FLL to CUN.

Happy Journey,
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Dec 30th, 2010, 11:58 AM
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Thanks for the replies. Canada is probably an option, but a round about and hence expensive way of going as we live on the southern US. The airline links are useful. Any more suggestions will be welcome
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Dec 30th, 2010, 04:15 PM
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Here's what the Tarjeta del Turista (new version) looks like. It also called the Tourist Card or Tourist Visa sometimes.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y55...el_Turista.jpg

If you don't have one, you can purchase it upon arrival in Cuba, though most airlines that fly into Cuba eithe provide it as part of their ticket price (such as your UK tour operators) or make it available.

If you're flying from the southern USA, then Cancun seems to be the most popular gateway to get a connecting flight to Cuba. Since Obama came to power in the US, the "enforcement" levels against Americans travelling to Cuba has drastically reduced, though technically still illegal. But I wouldn't worry about it as long as on your return you do not bring back a suitcase of Cuban products and souvenirs. No cigars or Cuban rum unfortunately for you.

Have a great trip.
Steve
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