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.