How To: Cuba Visa On Pakistani Passport


Do not think about booking a flight to Cuba unless you have your visa.

Despite what internet says, Pakistanis, even those with valid US visa, can’t take a flight to Cuba without preobtaining the visa. I made this mistake and was denied check-in by my airline.

There are two ways to get a Cuban visa or tourist card as they call it:

  • From their embassy in Islamabad
  • From the country, you are flying to, before Cuba

If you are planning to visit Cuba on a Pakistani passport, chances are that you are also planning a trip to Mexico or USA, along with.

If you are in Mexico, you can easily get the visa from Cuban embassy in the city you are in, while it is difficult to get it from USA, because of their relations with Cuba. I got mine from Cancun, Mexico.

It took me about an hour at their consulate in Cancun. You take all the documents to them, they will send you to a nearby bank to deposit visa fee, and meanwhile, they process your documentation. The required documents are fairly simple:

  • Flight booking
  • Hotel reservation
  • Passport
  • Credit Card
  • A passport sized photo

If however, you decide to obtain Cuban Visa from their consulate in Islamabad, in person, here is what you need:

  • Valid passport
  • Form (find it at the embassy)
  • Airline ticket with the date of entry and return
  • Visa Fee

Or if you are from Karachi or any other city, you can apply via mail, and would need to send the following:

  • Legible photocopy of valid passport
  • Legible photocopy of the air ticket with the date of entry and return
  • Visa Fee (via bank transfer only, no cash in the mail is accepted)
  • Envelope with enough stamps and address for the return of the visa

FAQs

How to submit the documents? by mail or in person
What is the fee? Single Entry:  $55 
How many days does it take? 12 days by post / 1 hr at the embassy in Mexico.
Do they call for an interview? No
Do they give a reason for refusal? No
When can I re-apply if is rejected? 6 months
What is the validity period? 90 days
How many days of entry do they give? As per your itinerary


HOW TO GET THERE

Web: http://misiones.minrex.gob.cu/es/pakistan

Embassy Address: F-6/1, School Road, House 13-A, Islamabad 44000
Here Is The Embassy On Google Maps

Contact: +92 51 282 4077-78


Disclaimer: This guide does not guarantee anyone a visa but it will answer all the questions you may have regarding the process.


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7 Comments

  1. Javed Iqbal January 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Of course, there is no direct flight from Pakistan to Cuba. So what is the best flying route to fly to Cuba without having to get involved in transit visa if one has to transit through a third country en route? Thanks

    • Anam January 20, 2019 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Javed, I would say if you are planning for such long-distance travel, don’t just visit Cuba, add a neighboring country or two. The nearest airport to Havana’s, where flights from Pakistan go to is Miami and second would be Houston. But due to US relations with Cuba, I don’t think so this would be advisable. Your next best bet is Mexico, where you can enter visa free on US visa. and from there you can fly to Havanna. But then again, US visa is needed. It is sorty of tricky.

  2. Shayan January 19, 2019 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Wow you’re really going places. Literally. I really wanna visit Cuba. I’m planning a trip for it for sure now.

    • Anam January 22, 2019 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      Yayyy!
      Thanks a lot Shayan. And yess you must plan a visit, and since it will be a long journey, I’d say plan central american belt with it. Mexico, Belize, Gautemala specifically. I could only do Mexico, because of visa issues and time shortage.

  3. Yasir January 20, 2019 at 2:35 am - Reply

    Best way if u don’t have transit visa is pak- Dubai – Russia – cuba.

  4. Sarah Lalani January 31, 2019 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Love this article Anum! I have a US visa and I’m sorted on where I’m going these summers!! Thank you for providing such a useful piece of information!

    • Anam January 31, 2019 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      That is awesome Sarah! Im so glad it helped. Would wait for your stories on the gram!

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