Welcome to Cuba Visa Travel Information
If you are travelling with a Specific License as a United States citizen subject to United States law, for the purpose of visiting Cuba other than as a tourist, you will need a visa issued by and from the Republic of Cuba. If you travel initially as a tourist you will only need a tourist card to enter Cuba legally. However, if your status changes (from tourist to licensed visitor) you may apply for a change of status by contacting the United States Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba.
Address your questions and concerns to the Director,
United States Department Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Calle Calzada No. 360,between G Street & H Street, Vedado District of Havana, Republic of Cuba.
Telephone: (011)(which is the Caribbean phone area code)+(53), (which is the Cuba phone area code), + 7 (which is the Havana phone area code), +32-9190 (which is a local phone number in Havana), or 30-5031. It would look like this when you dialed: 0-11-53-7-32-9190, or 0-11-53-7-5031. Their Fax telephone is #0-11-53-7-31-2314, or #011-53-7-33-3085.
Dialing this many numbers is not that difficult...it only looks like it.
Individuals subject to United States law traveling to the Republic of Cuba should only use travel agents which have been licensed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury.
For a list of travel agents licensed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control visit our travel information pages.
Now, if you are already in Cuba, and a situation or problem arises necessitating talking directly with a United States government representative, it would be necessary to contact the United States Interests Section in Havana (formerly the U.S. Embassy there), and address your situation at that point.
The U.S. Interests Section (USINT) is located in the former United States Embassy building that was built by Harrison Abramovitz architects and opened in 1953. The six story building was reopened in 1977, with renovations (removal of hidden microphones, cameras, two mirrors, etc...) completed in 1997.
The functions of USINT are similar to those of any U.S. government presence abroad: Consular Services, a Political and Economic Section, a Public Diplomacy Program, and a system for Refugee Processing unique to Cuba.
The objectives of USINT in Cuba is to promote a peaceful transition to a democratic system based on respect for rule of law, individual human rights, and open economic and communication systems. The current Principal Officer of the USINT is James Casson. Her offices are located in Havana, in the former United States Embassy building.
Bilateral relations are based upon the Migration Accords designed to promote safe, legal, and orderly migration, the Interest Sections Agreement, and efforts to reduce global threats from crime, terrorism, and narcotics.
The USINT is prepared to help with U.S. Consular and Refugee Operations in Cuba, Immigration , Non Immigrant Visas, the Lottery to travel to the United States, Refugee Admissions, and issues dealing with Consular affairs.
The U.S. Interest Section has a detailed history regarding legislation pertaining to Cuba, especially regarding the Helms Burton Act, along with civil sanctions and penalties. Although slightly dated, this legislative history is informative and worth reading.
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