Hi, and welcome to the American Citizens Services section of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba.
We’re glad you stopped by! Are you thinking about visiting Cuba? Here
are five things you should know
Number one: can Americans visit Cuba?
The short answer is “Yes.” While tourism is still not permitted under the regulations,
it is now easier for Americans to visit Cuba for other purposes. The Department of Treasury
has defined twelve categories of authorized travel, which include family visits, journalistic
activities, public performances and support for the Cuban people. You can find out more
about the twelve categories by visiting their website.
Remember, if you are not sure which category you fall under or if you have more questions
about travel restrictions, you must contact the Department of Treasury in Washington,
D.C. The Office of Foreign Assets Control administers and enforces these regulations.
Number two: how can Americans get visas?
You can get your visa by applying to the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC .
Another option for obtaining a Cuban visa is to work through one of the many companies
specializing in travel to Cuba. They may be able to process your visa application and
make flight reservations on your behalf.
Remember to contact the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC for any questions on Cuban visas!
Number three: how to get to Cuba?
Commercial flights to Cuba have not yet resumed, although this may change in the near future.
For the time being, you may need to rely on charter flights. Many times, this requires
contacting the charter companies directly for reservations. In some cases you may be
able to reserve flights online through third country airlines. The U.S. Embassy in Havana
can’t make reservations on your behalf.
Number four: bring Cash
U.S. Credit and Debit cards do not currently work in Cuba, so remember to bring enough
cash with you to last you your whole trip. U.S. dollars can be exchanged into Cuban convertible
currency at the airport, hotels, or exchange houses. There is usually a 10 percent charge
on exchanging U.S. dollars.
Number five: limited connectivity
Connectivity remains very limited in Cuba. You can expect to spend your time here with
limited internet and cell phone access. While some U.S. carriers have signed agreements
with the Cuban telecom company, it’s best to consult your U.S. provider on availability
and rates. Internet access is also very limited throughout the island, though some hotels
will offer Wi-Fi at an hourly rate and there are public wi-fi hotspots in several cities.
While you’re in Cuba the American Citizens Services section at the U.S. Embassy in Havana
can assist you with emergencies, such as replacing lost or stolen passports, hospitalizations,
arrests, death cases of American citizens, or evacuations due to natural disasters or
Before arriving in Cuba, don’t forget to enroll in STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment
Program on travel.state.gov so we can contact you if there is an emergency while you are
here! Thank you for visiting the American Citizens
Services section of the U.S. Embassy in Havana! We hope that you enjoy your visit to Cuba.