Cuba Visa and Passport Requirements

Documents and Visa for Cuba: MSC Armonia

All travel requirements to enter Cuba
All travel requirements to enter Cuba

Passengers embarking and disembarking from Miami 
 
Documents required: 
 
- Passport with 6 months of remaining validity
- Cuba Special  Visa (will be sold/delivered onboard ship )
- Medical Insurance. 


A Cuban Special Visa (Tarjeta) is required to visit Cuba and will be delivered to your cabin before your arrival in Havana. The cost of the visa will be charged to your cabin account (each passenger* will need a visa, also children of any age).

This Visa is available only in the USA and has a different colour from the traditional Tarjeta. For 14-night cruises, 2 visas are required.


Armonia cruises to Havana embarking from Miami


The following cost will be charged directly to your on-board account:

 
• Guests booked through the US office: 75 USD
• All other guests*: 50 USD
 
*including nationalities normally entitled to receive Tarjeta free of charge upon arrival in Havana
 
Immigration Information
 
The following countries, travelling on this cruise must have a Cuban People to People Visa, available onboard the ship at a cost:
Russia, Belarus, Vietnam, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Benin, Namibia, Grenada, St Vincent and Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Barbados, Dominica. 
 
The following countries, instead, have to be provided also of  a pre-issued Visa  issued by any Cuban Embassy/Consulate:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Vietnam. In case of guests of these nationalities with a Diplomatic passport: please contact in advance OCC for feedback.
  
Passport holders are allowed to enter Cuba with the People to People Visa/ Tarjeta  for the only time of permanence of ship in Cuba; same is valid for one Entry /one Exit only.  
 
For avoidance of doubt, the Tarjeta is not a sticker to be applied on the passport but a separate paper to be shown at the  Port of Immigration together with Travel Insurance.
 
All passengers must be provided of Medical Insurance valid for all ports of itinerary covering costs and expenses of repatriation to the country of origin in case of injury, death and any other type of risk.  
Should Passengers undertake a Medical Insurance offered by a State Social Security System or Private Company, an appropriate written certification must be disclosed in support of such insurance coverage preferably in Spanish or, alternatively, in English. 
 
The Use of ATM (Automatic Teller Machines) is extremely limited in Cuba and credit cards are accepted only in few places.  
 
For the transit in the ports of Jamaica/Cayman Islands/Mexico/Honduras/Belize, no local Visa is required regardless the nationality of passengers provided that the duration of the transit is max 24 hours with arrival/departure on the same vessel.    
 
Final notes:    
 
Please note that passengers with Cuban origin or who were born in Cuba have to prior verify if allowed to embark on the cruise ship, depending on the date of arrival in the USA or any other foreign country.  Same or similar restrictions may apply for Cuban passengers with Cuban passport in possession of an official Residence Permit released by any country. Violation may create serious problems with local Immigration Authorities.

Documents and Visa for Cuba: MSC Opera

All travel requirements to enter Cuba
All travel requirements to enter Cuba

Passengers embarking and disembarking from Cuba:  
 
Documents required: 
 
- Passport with 3 months of remaining validity
- Cuba Special  Visa (will be sold/delivered onboard ship )
- Medical Insurance. 


Tarjeta Information


The following countries can obtain a Visa to Cuba free of charge:

Russia, Belarus, Vietnam, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Benin, Namibia, Grenada, St Vincent and Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Barbados, Dominica. 

Passengers will receive a free Tourist Visa (known in Spanish as "Tarjeta de Turism") upon their arrival in any Cuban airport or port.

China is currently subject to a Visa fee; they must already have the Tarjeta prior to starting their journey. 


The following countries, on the contrary, must have a pre-issued Visa (instead of Tarjeta) issued by any Cuban Embassy/Consulate:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Vietnam. In case of guests of these nationalities with a Diplomatic passport: please contact in advance OCC for feedback.

  

Passport holders are allowed to enter Cuba with a Tarjeta whose validity is of 30 days starting from the day of entrance and for one Entry /one Exit only.  All Passengers (adults, children or infants) travelling with “Cruise Only” must buy it autonomously at their own expenses; while passengers travelling with MSC "Fly & Cruise" will get it included in the Package.  

 

Regardless of the age and the Package typology, a further Tarjeta (or Visa) is required at the time when the ship returns in Havana: please note that such document is available on board at the cost of € 15,00 per Passenger.

 

 

For avoidance of doubt, the Tarjeta is not a sticker to be applied on the passport but a separate paper to be shown at the Airport or Port of Immigration together with Travel Insurance. Passengers must show the Tarjeta at the airport of departure; failing to do so, the embarkation on the selected flight could be denied.        

 

All passengers must be provided of Medical Insurance valid for all ports of itinerary covering costs and expenses of repatriation to the country of origin in case of injury, death and any other type of risk.  

Should Passengers undertake a Medical Insurance offered by a State Social Security System or Private Company, an appropriate written certification must be disclosed in support of such insurance coverage preferably in Spanish or, alternatively, in English. 

 

Airport Exit tax is no longer required to be paid at the airport of Havana or at any other Cuban airport given that it is included in the airplane ticket.     

 

The Use of ATM (Automatic Teller Machines) is extremely limited in Cuba and credit cards are accepted only in few places.  

 

For the transit in the ports of Jamaica/Cayman Islands/Mexico/Honduras/Belize, no local Visa is required regardless the nationality of passengers provided that the duration of the transit is max 24 hours with arrival/departure on the same vessel.    

 

Final notes:    

 

Please note that passengers with Cuban origin or who were born in Cuba could be at risk and not be allowed to embark on the cruise ship.  Same or similar restrictions may apply for Cuban passengers with Cuban passport in possession of an official Residence Permit released by any country. Violation may create serious problems with local Immigration Authorities.   

 

U.S. Passengers are no longer allowed to enter Cuba independently unless the U.S. passenger has a license from OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) to travel to Cuba before embarkation.

Passengers are strongly suggested to consult with their local Embassy for further specific and updated information regarding the above indications.   

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 CUBA EMBARKATION PORT
CUBA EMBARKATION PORT

Due to the late evening arrival of some incoming flights and the time taken to complete customs procedures, the delivery of some luggage to the ship may be delayed.

 

To ensure a comfortable start to your cruise, we invite you to carry all items you may need for the first night on board (nightclothes, toiletries, medicines, nappies, etc.) in your hand luggage. Please note that shower gel and shampoo are provided in all cabins.

 

Please also remember to correctly attach the luggage tags provided in your Cruise E-ticket to your luggage before reaching the airport.

PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE PROGRAM

CRUISING TO CUBA FROM THE USA
CRUISING TO CUBA FROM THE USA

Cruising to Cuba from USA requires complying with local regulations, in particular the People-to–People Program. This program requires you to engage in activities designed to promote education and interactions with the local people. The best part of a voyage is discovering the local culture and living wonderful experiences and People-to-people activities are not just a legal mandate, they are an exciting way to enrich your journey and build ever-lasting memories of your cruise.


For legal reasons, upon embarkation in Miami, all passengers will be asked to fill out and sign two copies of a legal declaration. This is required for every single passenger who visits Cuba. 

 

Guests booked through International Offices 

MSC Cruises is delighted to offer you to participate to the People-to-People program with 2 complimentary excursions in Havana (2 excursions for the 7-night cruises and 4 excursions for the 14-night cruises). 

 

Guests booked through the US Office 

MSC Cruises is delighted to offer several People-to-People excursion options that can be booked either before embarking (recommended) or while on board.