Visa to Cuba: How to successfully apply for Cuban Visa in Ghana

Cuba, a country in the Caribbean, welcome Ghanaian visitors with open arms.

Cuba has one of the most straightforward visa application procedures for holders of Ghanaian passports. Travel lovers have taken advantage of the ease of getting a Cuban visa to embark on vacation and honeymoon in the country.

Jetsanza.com has made the application process easier by listing all the documents needed and the processes involved in this article. We hope this will save you time and money as you plan your trip to Cuba.

General Requirement

1. Passport

2. Two Passport Pictures

3. Birth Certificate

4. Affidavit: Declaration that you will return after the holiday

5. Police Report

6. Visa Form (To be completed at the embassy on the day of application)

7. Hotel Reservation: How to make a hotel booking to support the visa application.

8. Ticket reservation (Not a purchased ticket/confirmed booking)

9. Yellow Fever Vaccination Card

Self-employed

1. Business Registration Documents

2. Introductory Letter

3. Bank Statement

 

Employee

1. Letter of introduction from work

2. Payslips

3. Bank Statement

 

Visa Fees

Standard: GHS 303 (One week)

Express: GHS 606 (Same day)

 

Working Hours

Only Tuesdays 09:00 – 13:00

 

Embassy Location:

22 A Akosombo Road, Airport Residential Area, Accra

What to note

1. The embassy works only on Tuesdays, and you have to make sure you have every document in order not to prolong the application process.

2. The Affidavit must be prepared by either a lawyer or a Commissioner of Oaths.

3. Make photocopies of all original documents.

4. Visit the embassy early so that you can rectify any errors made on time.

COVID-19 Entry Requirements For Cuba

The Republic of Cuba simply referred to as Cuba is a country located in the Northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean meet. The country comprises the Island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and some minor archipelagos. Cuba like many other countries as part of its measurements to control and limit the cases of imported covid-19 cases has instituted some Covid-19 entry requirements and the details are below;

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Cuba travel restrictions

  • A Legislation was passed to ensure that from January 10, 2021, all travelers entering Cuba present proof of a PCR test with negative results taken within the last 72 hours in the traveler’s departing country. Travelers are required to present two physical copies of their PCR test results.
  • In addition to the PCR test, travelers are required to fill out a Health Declaration form before checking in for their flight to Cuba. Travelers are required to also bring a printed copy of this form once completed.
  • All non-Cuban citizens who arrive in Cuba must quarantine for 5 nights and 6 days in a designated ‘Quarantine hotel’. Travelers are encouraged to purchase their Quarantine Hotel Package online prior to their departure date. Travelers will be required to take a second PCR test on the 5th day before leaving your hotel.

When will Cuba open up for travel?

Since January 2021, Cuba was generally open for travel and to visitors, and as such foreigners were allowed to visit the country so far as they met the restrictions and requirements stated above.

Can Americans travel to Cuba?

The United States of America and Cuba may now have a better relationship compared to the past, however, there still are some travel restrictions for Americans seeking to visit Cuba.

Maybe a little history on the travel restrictions. In the year 1960, the United States of America imposed a rigid trade ban on Cuba. The trade ban was as a result of Cuba nationalizing American-owned oil refineries without compensation.

In response to the trade embargo by the US, Cuba responded by placing a ban on travel of Americans to Cuba, and this travel restriction has been in place for slightly over half a century. What the Cuba travel ban on American meant was that it’s technically illegal for U.S. citizens to have transactions (spend money or receive gifts) in Cuba under most circumstances. Due to economic sanctions, air travel to Cuba from the United States was almost impossible. American credit & debit cards don’t work in Cuba either.

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However, in recent times, the conditions of the travel ban have reduced slightly. Under the erstwhile Barack Obama administration, Americans could travel to Cuba under the People to People Tours.  The People to People Tours are organized tours that involve some sort of educational experience with local Cuban people. It’s never been defined officially, but basically, your trip can’t just involve sitting on a beach.

Meanwhile, in the Trump administration, Trump announced that Americans can no longer visit Cuba under the People to People Tour as they did under Obama but according to the New York Times and Vagabond Expert, Americans can travel to Cuba under these circumstances:

  1. Family visits
  2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
  3. Journalistic activity
  4. Professional research and professional meetings
  5. Educational activities
  6. Religious activities
  7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
  8. Support for the Cuban people
  9. Humanitarian projects
  10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
  11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
  12. Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.