What are the documents required for Cuba travel?

OFAC License

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Visas

The Cuban government has strict visa requirements and we encourage our customers to verify their eligibility for a Cuban visa from the Embassy of Cuba in Washington, D.C., prior to departure date. Cuban-born individuals have special visa requirements, regardless of citizenship (click here for additional information). Customers who lack the appropriate Cuban visa will not be allowed to board their flight. The following is the general contact information for the Embassy of Cuba in Washington, D.C.:

Embassy of the Republic of Cuba
2630 16th street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Website: http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/eeuu/EN/Home.aspx
Phone: 202-797-8518 Ext 600
E-mail: recepcion@sicuw.org 

***Please call the following dedicated toll free number (operated by Airline Brokers, Spirit Airlines’ authorized agent) for assistance with the application for, and to secure, a Cuban visa as well as for general questions regarding visas and related matters: 1-866-589-5516 ***

Please ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay in Cuba and that it is in good, clean condition.

Cuban Health Insurance

All non-Cuban residents need Cuban approved health insurance in order to travel to Cuba. The government of Cuba charges the equivalent of $25 for health coverage per passenger. The $25 is already included in the price of your ticket. Details regarding your policy:

Insurer: SEGUROS INTERNACIONALES DE CUBA, S.A. (ESICUBA)
24 Hour Assistance/365 days: ASISTUR, S.A. (through its Assistance Alarm Center): Prado 208, Habana Vieja, La Habana, Cuba 
Tel: (537) 866 4121/ 866 8339/ 866 8527/ 866 8920/ 867 1315; Fax: (537) 866 8087
Email:asisten@asistur.cu


Terms and conditions of the travel insurance may be accessed/downloaded from the ESICUBA website at

Health coverage is valid for 30 days from arrival in Cuba. A copy of your Spirit boarding pass can serve as your “proof of coverage.”

To activate the insurance coverage, the traveler or any person accompanying him/her, shall proceed as follows:

  1. Contact, via telephone or email, the Assistance Alarm Center (, and provide the following information: first and last name, air carrier used to travel to Cuba, entry date, Cuba address and phone number, and a description of the services required.
  2. Once the traveler is at the health institution/facility, he/she will present the following documents: a copy of the boarding pass (electronic or a hard copy), passport and identity card.
  3. If the traveler arrives at the health institution/facility without first contacting the Assistance Alarm Center, he/she shall contact the Assistance Alarm Center to provide information relating to the subject event as well as to the assistance received.
  4. The covered medical and health transportation related costs and expenses, should be carried out pursuant to the subject physician’s order, with the Assistance Alarm Center.

By complying with the foregoing indications, the Assistance Alarm Center will be able to control, in all its phases, the corresponding provision of medical services and guarantee the related costs and expenses, pursuant to the covered benefits.

Special requirements for Cuban Nationals with U.S. residence:

The required documents depend on when you left Cuba: before or after December 31, 1970.

If BEFORE:

  • A U.S. passport that’s valid for the entire length of stay
  • A HE-11 visa, which can be obtained through the Cuban Consulate
  • Health insurance: The Cuban government requires all visitors (all passengers including lap children)  to have health insurance that covers the territory of Cuba; for U.S. citizens, this means local Cuban health insurance. When purchasing your Spirit ticket to Cuba, Cuban health insurance is automatically included in the cost of your fare (a $25 surcharge). Terms and conditions of the health insurance can be accessed from the ESICUBA website.

If AFTER:

  • A Cuban passport with the appropriate "Habilitacíon" authorization and Prorroga sticker
  • (Please contact the Cuban Consulate for details on how to obtain a "Habilitacíon" authorization and a Prorroga sticker)
  • Health insurance: The Cuban government requires all visitors (all passengers including lap children)  to have health insurance that covers the territory of Cuba; for U.S. citizens, this means local Cuban health insurance. When purchasing your Spirit ticket to Cuba, Cuban health insurance provided by ESICUBA is automatically included in the cost of your fare (a $25 surcharge). Terms and conditions of the health insurance can be accessed from the ESICUBA website.
Special requirements for Cuban residents:
  • A Cuban passport with the appropriate "Habilitacíon" authorization and Prorroga sticker
  • (Please contact the Cuban Consulate for details on how to obtain a "Habilitacíon" authorization and a Prorroga sticker)
  • Residence of re-entry permit issued by Cuba
  • Health insurance: Spirit automatically includes the cost of Cuban health insurance (a $25 surcharge) in the fare, but Cuban residents can request a refund directly from ESCUBA. Terms and conditions of the health insurance may be accessed from the ESICUBA website.

 

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