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Cuba switches to eVisa


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From May 2024, Cuba will further modernize its entry requirements. An electronic visa system will be gradually introduced, allowing tourists to apply for their eVisa online in the future. Currently, this requires a tourist card, which must be purchased from a consulate or through third parties before entering the country.


In a press release dated May 2, the Caribbean island's foreign ministry announced that the switch to the electronic visa process will begin this month. This is intended to make applying for entry permits easier and more efficient for tourists. In the future, it will be possible to apply for a Cuba visa from any internet-enabled device via an online platform. However, the Cuban authorities have not yet announced when exactly the eVisa will be available for German citizens.


Environmentally friendly and user-friendly


The eVisa not only simplifies handling, but also eliminates the need for physical documents, which saves paper and thus benefits the environment. The ministry also emphasizes that this measure is intended to improve security throughout the application and approval process. Along with the eVisa, Cuba also plans to introduce a modern consular system to further facilitate entry for international travelers.


Current entry regulations


Currently, German holidaymakers who wish to enter Cuba need a passport that is valid for at least six months. As can be read on the website of the Federal Foreign Office, a health clearance is still required, a requirement that has been in place since the beginning of the corona pandemic. The tourist card currently required must be purchased before entry and costs 22 euros at the consulate. Those willing to spend a little more can also order the document online through commercial providers. Some airlines also offer the Cuban tourist card at their airport counters. The card is initially valid for 90 days and can be extended for a further 90 days on site with the local authorities.

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