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Cuban Stamp On Passport  
User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1787 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 4774 times:

Will any non-US citizen have problems for visiting Cuba? With US immigration authorities, that is.
I've read that Cuba doesn't stamp passports but rather sell a VISA which is not attached to it. Anyone knows about it? Mexican a.netters: Have you applied for U.S. visa/visted the U.S. AFTER going to Cuba? Any problems?

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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 4759 times:

I can't imagine you'd have a problem. Even if you got a stamp in your passport, the US authorities only have a problem with US citizens going to Cuba. If that were the case half of Canada would be denied entry into the US  Smile

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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 4748 times:

Quoting AM744 (Thread starter):
I've read that Cuba doesn't stamp passports but rather sell a VISA which is not attached to it.

That is correct.

Only U.S. citizens are denied the right to visit Cuba by our government.
Cuban customs don't stamp US passports anyway.
Enjoy your visit to Cuba!



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User currently offline7474ever From Israel, joined Oct 2006, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 4736 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
Quoting AM744 (Thread starter):
I've read that Cuba doesn't stamp passports but rather sell a VISA which is not attached to it.


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That's the way it goes.


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12884 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4681 times:
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Usually you have an immigration form to keep with your passport. This form is stamped on entry and exit and not your passport.

Unless you specifically ask them to stamp your passport! yes 



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User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4670 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
Only U.S. citizens are denied the right to visit Cuba by our government.

Is this technically correct? I thought the issue was you couldn't spend money there.


User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4646 times:

I asked the cuban immigartion to stamp my passport and she did, 2 weeks later flew to LAX, immigration saw the stamp and could't care less, they where instead asking me questions on stamps to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan


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User currently offlineTurbo7x7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4635 times:

You don't get a visa but a "tourist card" which is $10 and is usually purchased when you check in for your flight or is already part of your plane ticket (you can also get it when you arrive in Cuba).

American passports haven't been stamped in years (even when I went legally with an OFAC license, my passport wasn't stamped). Most other tourists don't get stamped either nowadays. They stamp your tourist card with entry and exit dates. You MUST return the card to immigration when you leave the country so don't lose it, as that will cause you all kinds of grief! Don't forget to have $25 CUC to pay your departure tax otherwise you won't be able to board your flight home!

All this may seem weird but trust me, the Cubans have a very extensive database on who enters and leaves the country despite them not stamping the passport, especially Americans. That's why when you go through immigration, you'll notice the agents seem to spend quite some time checking and inputting things at their computer terminals.

By the way, the tourist card is usually good for thirty days which you can extend for 30 more through a typically Cuban bureaucratic procedure. Canada is on good terms with Cuba so Canadians get 90 days plus 90 more if they do the extension. Don't even think of overstaying as the authorities can find and deport you and even if you "get away with it" once they find out at the airport you overstayed your visit, you can be questioned/harrassed and likely will not be allowed to return.

Quoting Pope (Reply 5):
Is this technically correct? I thought the issue was you couldn't spend money there.

That's right, you need an OFAC license to spend money in Cuba which works as a de facto travel ban for the vast majority of Americans.

Quoting AM744 (Thread starter):
Mexican a.netters: Have you applied for U.S. visa/visited the U.S. AFTER going to Cuba? Any problems?

If you are not a U.S. citizen, and you visit the U.S. directly after a visit to Cuba, you shouldn't have any issues with U.S. immigration. However, U.S. Customs can confiscate any Cuban goods you try to bring to the USA whether you are a U.S. citizen or not! So try to leave the cigars and rum in Mexico.  Smile


User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1787 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4563 times:

Good! Thanks for all your help guys.

User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2575 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4537 times:

If you were Venezuelan you could fly to HAV without a passport, just take your ID. You can also spend Venezuelan bolivares in Cuba without hassle as it is also legal tender there.

I'm so grateful that Fidel Castro annexed Venezuela as Cuba 16th province and designated Hugo Chavez as its governor  sarcastic 

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis


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