The National Customs of the Republic of Cuba constitutes a control organ of the border and the control in the activity linked to foreign trade. It has the mission of direct in custom matters, collect customs duties and give response inside its jurisdiction and compete to the facts that affect the international traffic of goods, travelers, postal center and the transport means, preventing, detecting and facing fraud and contraband, also contributing to the national and international protection of the environment.
From November 1st of this year, the validity of the Tourist Visa extends to 90 days of permanence in the national territory, extendable (once only) for 90 days.
Today this measure only applies to Canadians, so it will be extended to all foreign visitors.
The laws of the General Customs of the Cuban Republic forbid the entrance of:
a) Drugs and Narcotics.
b) Psychotropic or hallucinogenic substances.
c) Precursor substances.
e) Blood products.
f) Literature, articles and obscene objects or pornographic or anything that violates the general interests of the Nation.
g) Products of Animal Origin (bovine, pigs, sheep, goats and all species of ungulates) susceptible to be carriers of diseases.
The visitor must possess a valid passport or a travel document issued to his name and the Visa or Tourist card. Excempting the countries which Cuba has agreements of free Visa with. The Tourist cards can be requested in the Custom Cuban representations. Also, in the travel agencies and airlines. There are two kinds: for individual tourists or for tourists that travels in groups.
Business travels, journalism, or long stays or from work, require special Visa, therefore you must go to Consulates or Cuban Embassies.
Since March 1st 2016 the Minister of Public Health of Cuba establishes as priorities to:
- Strengthen the International Sanitary Control regulations and intensify epidemiological surveillance.
- Do the health declarations at the entrance points to people coming from countries that reports Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya and yellow fever.
General Legal Procedures:
All the citizens of any country can travel to Cuba with any immigration restriction, including Americans. It excludes persons persecuted by international justice linked to activities of drug trafficking, terrorism or other crimes.
For traveling to Cuba for pleasure of recreation, the visitor must adjust his trip to some tourist program through a tourist international agency that has agreements with the Cuban Minister of Tourism (MINTUR) and must show his Visa application for conduct of the tourist agency hired for the trip. Also can count with the Cuban consul offices in the embassy of their country of residence, or the Cuban representations where there are no embassies.
It’s necessary the flight ticket (in and out); valid passport for at least 6 months since the entrance date and tourist card or Visa.
Another Travel and Regulations for Traveling to Cuba:
Extension of stay
Procedures for visas and tourist cards
Entry and exit stamps
Foreign investment in Cuba
Preservation of the Historic Memory
The Law-Decreet No. 265/2009 of the National Archive System of the Republic of Cuba regulates and rohibits the extraction of documents from the National territory. Documents that take part or may take part of the State Fund of Archives. Documents placed in files or in other places for their official conservation or under surveillance of a functionary. Documents with historic and patrimonial characteristics and institutional documents.
The National Record of Cultural Property of the Culture Ministry is the entitled organism to authorize the temporary or definitive exportation of patrimonial assets at border.