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You need the visa even to fly into Cuba. It has nothing to do with the cruise. We had a pre cruise bus round trip plus a post cruise beach hotel. With the cruise you do leave Cuban waters to Jamaica and need another visa for reentering Cuba. The visa is just a piece of paper called tourist card. We obtained it through our tour company (for reentering the tourist card is handed out onboard at no additional cost). The tourist card is 75 Dollar for flying from the US to Cuba and 25 Euro for flying in from Europe.



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If you were born in Cuba, can you arrive 2 days prior to cruise and visit with family and then board on Monday? How did you get your visa? Thanks.
If you were born in Cuba, there are a number of items to be addressed. What country are you currently a citizen of? Do you consider yourself a citizen of Cuba? Far more importantly does Cuba consider you a Cuban citizen (merely being naturalized on one country does not necessarily revoke your previous citizenship)? Read the following from US Embassy Havana website:


Dual Citizens


All U.S.-Cuban dual citizens should note that the Government of Cuba treats U.S. citizens born in Cuba as Cuban citizens and may subject them to a range of restrictions and obligations. The Cuban government requires U.S.-Cuban dual citizens who departed Cuba on or after January 1, 1971 to enter and depart Cuba using a Cuban passport. Using a Cuban passport for this purpose does not jeopardize one’s U.S. citizenship; however, such persons must use their U.S. passports to enter and depart the United States. Cuban-Americans who departed Cuba before January 1, 1971 may travel to Cuba on their U.S. passport but must apply for an HE-11 visa from the Cuban Embassy. Cuban authorities do not always notify the U.S. Embassy of the arrest of dual nationals and may deny U.S. consular officers access to them.


I had a college professor who immigrated to the US from Italy as a small child and was later naturalized as part of the family group. 28 years later he steps off the plane with US born wife and child in Italy with his US passport and was arrested for not showing up for the Italian army. After 2 nights in jail they allowed him to formally renounce his Italian citizenship and he was released.

I strongly suggest contacting a Cuban government embassy and/or a lawyer specfically familiar with Cuban policy BEFORE setting foot in Cuba. I am not trying to discourage you from going, but better safe than sorry.


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