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Cuba - where to get a visa

Hi Folks,

My wife and I are going to Cuba next week and need to get a tourist visa. We are flying with Virgin Atlantic out of Gatwick and I thought I could get one at the airport but when I called their customer service line yesterday they couldn't confirm this (I know - I should have done this sooner ).

So... does anyone know where I can get the visa in Switzerland? Do I have to go to the embassy in Bern or is there somewhere in Zurich I can get one? If I do have to go to the embassy does anyone know the process (I have searched online but the cuban embassy website isn't the clearest)

Thanks in advance for your time :-)
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Hi Folks,

My wife and I are going to Cuba next week and need to get a tourist visa. We are flying with Virgin Atlantic out of Gatwick and I thought I could get one at the airport but when I called their customer service line yesterday they couldn't confirm this (I know - I should have done this sooner ).

So... does anyone know where I can get the visa in Switzerland? Do I have to go to the embassy in Bern or is there somewhere in Zurich I can get one? If I do have to go to the embassy does anyone know the process (I have searched online but the cuban embassy website isn't the clearest)

Thanks in advance for your time :-)

Did you even try the Virgin Web Site ???

http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/gb/en...uban-visa.html

http://visacentral.co.uk/destination...ation_visa.php

ADDRESS Gesellschaftsstr 8
3012 Berne
Switzerland
PHONE LOCAL: (031) 302.2111
INTERNATIONAL: +41.31.302.2111
FAX LOCAL: (031) 302.9830
INTERNATIONAL: +41.31.302.9830
EMAIL embacuba.berna@bluewin.ch

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Re: Cuba - where to get a visa

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Did you even try the Virgin Web Site ???
Yes I did - the page you links to gives one option which involves posting documents to a company and the other involves visiting the embassy in London - neither of which is helpful in my case


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ADDRESS Gesellschaftsstr 8
3012 Berne
Switzerland
PHONE LOCAL: (031) 302.2111
INTERNATIONAL: +41.31.302.2111
FAX LOCAL: (031) 302.9830
INTERNATIONAL: +41.31.302.9830
EMAIL embacuba.berna@bluewin.ch
I know there is an embassy. I was asking if anyone has been there and what the process is.
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Re: Cuba - where to get a visa

We've been to Cuba twice and both times we got the visa application during our flight to fill it in. It was 20 Euros per person which we had to pay when we passed border control. On the flight out, they collect the visa from you. Your passport will not be stamped and I've read somewhere they do that so Americans (or anyone, for that matter) don't get in trouble when they fly back to the States.
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Re: Cuba - where to get a visa

Hi, we have just been to Cuba this year and the only way we could get a visa`s was by visiting the embassy in Berne, takes about 20mins and will cost you 25chf
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Re: Cuba - where to get a visa

At one time crossing into the US of A .The Question came up what I did in Cuba , hence the stamp in my Canadian passport . She did`t like my answer. Though eh
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Hi, we have just been to Cuba this year and the only way we could get a visa`s was by visiting the embassy in Berne, takes about 20mins and will cost you 25chf
So maybe laws have changed. Or maybe it's different for people who hold an EU pass to those who don't. (We do)

Allgemein erforderlich, ausgenommen sind Reisende im Besitz einer Touristenkarte sowie Staatsbürger der folgenden angegebenen Länder für touristische Aufenthalte von bis zu 30 Tagen sofern nicht anders angegeben:

Visa for people from these countries:

Antigua und Barbuda, Barbados (28 Tage), Dominica (28 Tage), Grenada (60 Tage), Malaysia (90 Tage), Mazedonien (90 Tage), Mongolei
Montenegro (90 Tage), Serbien (90 Tage), St. Kitts und Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent und die Grenadinen (60 Tage)

Reisende im Besitz einer [1] Touristenkarte: Die kubanischen Konsulate bzw. Konsularabteilungen der Botschaften (s. Kontaktadressen) stellen sowohl für Einzelpersonen als auch an Reisebüros (für Pauschal- oder Individualreisen) Touristenkarten aus, die zu Reisen von bis zu 30 Tagen in Verbindung mit einer Hotelbuchung berechtigen.

Consulate or embssy issue the tourist card for single persons as well as for travel agencies.

Bei der Einreise muss die Adresse der Unterkunft angegeben sowie eine gültige Auslandsreisekrankenversicherung nachgewiesen werden.
Ist ein Aufenthalt von mehr als 30 Tagen Dauer geplant, muss vor der Abreise im Herkunftsland ein Visum beantragt werden.

You have to have the address of your accomodation as well as a valid travel health insurance. If you stay longer than 30 days you need a visa before departure from your country of origin.

So are you going as a tourist (hence tourist card) or stay longer or are you from one of the countries mentioned above?
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Hi, we have just been to Cuba this year and the only way we could get a visa`s was by visiting the embassy in Berne, takes about 20mins and will cost you 25chf
Thanks - a few more questions. Is it possible to apply for a visa for someone who isn't with you at the embassy during the application? Do you know the opening times for the embassy by any chance - I was presuming 08:00 to 12:00
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Thanks - a few more questions. Is it possible to apply for a visa for someone who isn't with you at the embassy during the application? Do you know the opening times for the embassy by any chance - I was presuming 08:00 to 12:00


I dont wish to be rude but you obviously have internet access... is it hard for you or something stopping you looking on the embassy website yourself or phoning them in the morning ?
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Thanks - a few more questions. Is it possible to apply for a visa for someone who isn't with you at the embassy during the application? Do you know the opening times for the embassy by any chance - I was presuming 08:00 to 12:00
I can't remember the opening hours sorry, but check on the net or give them a call.

I was able to do my husbands and daughter without them there. Just remember you need passports, Swiss Permit & 1 passport photo.. oh and they only take cash.

Give them a call, they speak English and are very friendly.

Where in Cuba are you heading?
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I dont wish to be rude
Then don't respond to a request for information with no information. If you have nothing good to say - say nothing

I struggled with their website hence asking the questions. I have revisted the fantastic site and provide the information below for anyone that needs it. http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/suiza/ES/Inicio.aspx

The opening hours from their website:
Customer service (at the consulate):
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 am. to 12:00 pm.

Tourist visa information:
Tourist visa (tourist card):
The tourist visa or tourist card is only used for tourist trips to Cuba. Valid for one entry into the country on a trip of 30 days and can be extended by 30 days at the bureau of the hotel you are staying or to the immigration authorities.
Minors must have their tourist card even when in the parents passports.
Documents required to obtain directly at the consulate:
-Valid passport
-Form
-Airplane Flight arrival date and return
-must pay the consular fee for this service provided
Documents required to obtain them by mail
-Legible photocopy of valid passport
-Legible photocopy of plane ticket with entry and return date
, must pay the consular fee for this service provided
-Envelope with sufficient postage and a return address for visa
NOTE: If the application is made ​​by mail or through a third person will be charged in addition, the consular fee for this service provided.
All payments must be in cash or by certified bank payment. The cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.
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Re: Cuba - where to get a visa

Rude, hardly... it comes across that you are simply being lazy as within 20 seconds of typing " cuba embassy switzerland visa" on a SEARCH site, I had a nice page with ALL information inc phone numbers in english.

I expected the standard " then dont say anything" guff , thanks for not disappointing and hence the reason I put "dont wish to be rude" .

If you find my question to be rude or offensive I kindly invite you to add me to your ignore list.

Have a nice vacation btw.
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Cuba Tourist visa - Embassy process

Just to complete the thread....

Just been to Bern and picked up two tourist visas. All I needed to get the tourist visas was cash and the passports of everyone travelling (no photos, filled out forms or swiss visa required). We have UK passports - process may be different for others.

Cost was 42chf per tourist visa and a 53chf charge because my wife wasn't there in person. A total of 137chf.

I got there when it opened at 09:00 and was out just after 10:00. You hand in your passports, they get taken away and then returned a bit later along with the Visas and the bill (which has to be paid in cash I believe - didn't see a card machine). I had 3 people in front of me one of whom had something complex to do so your wait time may vary. The embassy is very close to Bern station, about a 5 minute walk.

Guy behind the desk spoke Spanish, German & English whilst I was there.
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Re: Cuba - where to get a visa

Just when I wondering about this I found this thread. Thanks so much for posting the process. Quick question, any idea if they give multiple entry visas? I wanted to go across to Mexico to visit the Yucatán and return to Cuba for 3 weeks.
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Re: Cuba - where to get a visa

I have just been investigating, and was informed by the Cuban consulate in Bern that you can buy the Tourist Cards from CGS (Customer Ground Service) - Ticket point at both Zurich and Geneva airports.

I just spoke to CGS in Zurich and they confirmed. It is about CHF 73 per person (more expensive than applying at the Cuban consulate, but you save on time and the train ticket to Bern!). They even said you can buy it on the day of travel becuase they always have a lot. (if you want to risk that). And finally they also said that as long as one person has all the documents, they can get the Tourist cards for other travellers also.

CGS contact info
http://www.cgs-ltd.com/en/passenger-...ch-basel-genf/
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Re: Cuba - where to get a visa

Hi Diyacomp,
The tourist card doesn't apply to me since I'm Non Swiss/EU/US/Canadian
I found it pretty easy to go directly to the embassy. The queue had 10 people ahead of me so if it's not too busy I'm sure it will be faster than the 1 hour it took me. I paid 116Chf for a single entry visa! The visa officers are very polite and multilingual. It made everything easier for me. They only saw my ticket on email (the lady went inside and made a photocopy of my mail) . I filled the form right there at the counter, no photo even & no Casa reservation. They said I could fill any name of a Casa I was in touch with.
I will be going to Mexico in between and will need another Cuban visa & they gave me all the details of their embassy in Cancun. Apparently visa prices differ from country to country and it will cost me only 17$ for my 2nd visa. Strange but true ( they said Switz is the most expensive as if we didn't know already. Haha. When do you leave? Maybe we bump into each other. Have a fantastic trip.
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Re: Cuba - where to get a visa

www.allvisumservice.ch based in Kloten - they sent us our Cuba tourist cards in two days after I filled out an online form.

Cost 65 francs per person (15 more than doing at the airport) 50 francs for kids, with an extra charge of a few francs for postage.

Very happy to have this all done before the day of travel.

(and being switzerland, you get an invoice with the documents.. no need to pay in advance TIS!)
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Been twice, loved it. Bring things to donate - particularly anything related to young children. We dedicated one checked bag just for this, including a lightly used stroller for a baby
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