Visa or Tourist card
You will need all the following documents when traveling to Cuba:
PASSPORT: It is compulsory for entering Cuba and for travelling around the island. Be aware that your Passport must be valid for the duration of your trip plus an additional 6 months after your estimated date of departure.
VISA OR TOURIST CARD: To enter Cuba, it will be necessary to have a visa. You can obtain one at any Cuban Consulate or through your travel agency.
RELATIVE VISA: This special visa is requested when you will be staying with relatives on the Island. The Immigration officers will ask you to declare your relationship with the owner of the house: that means, if you are husband/wife, brother/sister, father/mother in law, etc… With this information you will aquire this visa and could lodge in your relative's home. Once in Cuba, the owner of the house you will be staying at, (your relative) will have to declare your arrival and the duration of your stay to any local Immigration Office. During this delaration you must present your Relative Visa and your passport.
Follow this recommened order when proceeding to acquire your documents and book your trip:
1st. Buy the airline ticket.
2nd. Book your lodging (In order to hold the reservation, the owners will ask you to provide your flight details).
3rd Request your visa.