What sort of documents are required to cruise to Cuba?


For U.S. citizens who were not born in Cuba, the documents are pretty straightforward. You will need:

  • A  passport book (NO passport cards or other forms of I.D. will be accepted) valid for 6 months after the sailing date, for all guests including minors.
  • A Cuba tourist visa, sometimes called a visitor card or entry card.  For your convenience, Royal Caribbean can facilitate your Cuban tourist visa at the embarkation terminal for a cost of $75 per person, which will be charged to your onboard account on Day 1 of the cruise. You will complete a simple form at the terminal, be handed your visa, and you will be responsible for presenting it to Cuban authorities upon arrival in Cuba. Should you lose your visa, a new one can be purchased onboard at an additional cost of $75. If you prefer to secure a Cuban tourist visa by other means, please be sure to do so prior to the cruise. Then at the embarkation terminal, simply decline to have Royal Caribbean facilitate the visa for you. You will mark that you decline on your form, and you will not be charged. If you intend to remain onboard the ship while in Cuba, no visa is required.
  • A Travel Certification document. This is a U.S. government document that you will use to certify the reason for your travel to Cuba, under one of the authorized categories of travel. Please download it and bring two printed, completed copies per traveler to the pier on embarkation day. An instructional document is available to assist guests in completing the Travel Certification document.

More specific FAQs about these documents and information regarding non-U.S. citizens or Cuban-born visitors can be found in the FAQs that follow.

View Cuba FAQs

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