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Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:54 pm

I was looking to travel to Cuba through MEX but I was curious to see what Visa procedures I needed to go through to in order to get on a plane to Havana. If anybody has gone to Cuba your help would be great.

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Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:59 pm

You need a Cuba Tourist card which can be got from tour operators.

This crowd is very good and reliable :

http://www.visafirst.com/en/cuban_tourist_visa_info.asp
 
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Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:02 pm

I was looking to go on March 6 (next week), is it possible to rush the process in Mexico?
 
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Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:08 pm

You sometimes can get Cuban Tourist Cards at airports and I have read people getting them at the airport in MEX and CUN but you really need to double check that . Maybe someone local will post on here to clarify. On the four visits I took three were arranged via an Irish Tour Operator and one I got at the airport desk at AMS the morning of the flight. For such short notice your best bet is to try get it at MEX but make sure its confirmed that they still offer that service.
 
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Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:27 pm

I am assuming you are either not a U.S. citzen or have dual citizenship?
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Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:19 am

I am an American citizen.
 
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Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:53 am

You don´t need a VISA to get into Mexico. You don´t need an exit VISA to leave Mexico. As long as you have an American passport when leaving Mexico you can go wherever you want. The Cubans will ask you for a VISA upon entrance for which you will pay an amount of money and your passport will not get stamped. None is the wiser.
 
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Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:27 am

Yes AR 385 that is essentially my understanding. I called Interjet yesterday and they offer the Visa themselves for MXN 250. By biggest concern now would be that I would receive 2 Mexican stamps on my passport, and perhaps a savvy CBP official in the US might catch wind of something off...
 
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Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:41 pm

Quoting anyong (Reply 7):

My only suggestion is maybe you shouldn't travel to a country illegally. It's not that difficult to get permission to go to Cuba. There are tour groups and charity groups which go there all the time. But I guess you want to spend time at the resorts though? Obviously you don't want any stamps on your passport from leaving or entering Mexico with out the entry stamps of another country.

Carry lots of cash because you can't use your U.S. bank credit cards in the Cuba.
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Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:32 pm

Quoting anyong (Reply 7):
2 Mexican stamps on my passport, and perhaps a savvy CBP official in the US might catch wind of something off...

1) The CBP officer won´t ask anything because there are various scenarios where you could leave Mexico, say, to Belize or Guatemala by land where your passport would not get stamped.

2) you can ask the Mexican officer upon reentry to not stamp your passport.

Don´t worry so much.
 
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Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:52 pm

Quoting flymia (Reply 8):
My only suggestion is maybe you shouldn't travel to a country illegally.

Luckily Cuba benefits from the US embargo... They don't get many (if any) drunken college students during spring break, making it arguably the best tourist destination in the Caribbean at least during that time.

Quoting flymia (Reply 8):
There are tour groups

Not everyone wants to travel like a sheep, in tour groups.

Quoting flymia (Reply 8):
But I guess you want to spend time at the resorts though?

If flymia is right, why go to Cuba then? There are resorts all over the Caribbean and it's easier to get there. If going to Cuba the best thing to do is explore Havana and the nice aircraft operating domestically. Not staying in some resort and not caring if it's Cuba, the Bahamas or the USA.

I suppose you want to see Havana, which the US embargo left as one of the most interesting cities in the world (though I'm sure not exactly the nicest).
 
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Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:05 am

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
If flymia is right, why go to Cuba then? There are resorts all over the Caribbean and it's easier to get there. If going to Cuba the best thing to do is explore Havana and the nice aircraft operating domestically. Not staying in some resort and not caring if it's Cuba, the Bahamas or the USA.

I suppose you want to see Havana, which the US embargo left as one of the most interesting cities in the world (though I'm sure not exactly the nicest).

Good point. And exactly my point. Though I have heard the beaches and resorts in Cuba are fantastic you can get some great beaches in lots of islands. The best thing about Cuba is Havana and in some aspects a city which is frozen in time. I hope to go there before the embargo ends one day, but I will go there legally. Whether or not the embargo is a good idea is a different question but as long as it is against the law that is what it is.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
Luckily Cuba benefits from the US embargo... They don't get many (if any) drunken college students during spring break, making it arguably the best tourist destination in the Caribbean at least during that time.

You have a point but I am sure the Cuban government would LOVE to have as many American college students it could, visit the island.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
Not everyone wants to travel like a sheep, in tour groups.

I know of groups which are pretty easy on that. People did what they wanted for large periods of the day but going around Havana by yourself is not the best idea, especially if you don't speak Spanish.
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Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:10 am

So I really was looking to go this week, but I want to catch some baseball in Cuba. Apparently the baseball has been postponed until April because of the World Baseball Classic, although details are very limited. Also my traveling partners decided not to go to Cuba so this trip would be a solo journey, which would not entirely be a bad thing. I take it that Cuba is not like North Korea in that you are free to roam around where ever you wish. Also, it now seems clear to me that getting a visa and staying under US CBP's radar is not really too hard to do.
 
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Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:27 am

Quoting anyong (Reply 12):
it now seems clear to me that getting a visa and staying under US CBP's radar is not really too hard to do.

The easiest thing is to ask the Mexican CBP to stamp a piece of paper, stapled in your passport.

I know people who ask for this when they go to Israel.

Also, US CBP has never gone through my passport, and I'm not even a citizen, only have a visa. I'm sure that when I applied for my visa somebody in a back office somewhere had a peek at where I'd been, but never anybody actually on an airport desk.
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Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:11 pm

Quoting anyong (Reply 12):
I take it that Cuba is not like North Korea in that you are free to roam around where ever you wish.

You are pretty free to go anywhere you like in Cuba once you're out of the airport. You're not stuck like in NK.
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