Visa Requirements

  • Because the cruise originates from the USA, the US regulations, apply to both US and non-US citizens, meaning ALL guests on board.
  • U.S. born guests and international guests will need to obtain a “travel affidavit”.
    This travel affidavit will be offered onboard the ship at a cost of $75 per guest. This fee will be added to your onboard account on Day 1 of the cruise. Depending on regulations a mandatory excursion may need to be added in addition to this fee. (Fees may change and be adjusted without prior notice) UPDATE: Due to new regulations, it’s mandatory to book an excursion for each day if you wish to leave the ship. If you are planning on NOT leaving the ship at all in Cuba, you don’t need to buy the visa. This will need to be indicated at check-in as well as with guest relations once on board. Please note that it is not at all possible to change your mind during the cruise.
  • All U.S.-Cuban-born guests (regardless of their passport) should note that the Government of Cuba treats U.S. citizens born in Cuba as Cuban citizens and may subject them to a range of restrictions and obligations.
    • The Cuban government requires U.S.-Cuban dual citizens who departed Cuba on or after January 1, 1971 to enter and depart Cuba using a Cuban passport.
    • Cuban-Americans who departed Cuba before January 1, 1971 may travel to Cuba on their U.S. passport but must apply for an HE-11 visa from the Cuban Embassy.
  • Guests born in the following countries must obtain an A-1 Visa to visit Cuba:
    • Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen.
  • Additionally, guests with citizenship in the following countries do NOT require any visa to visit Cuba:
    • Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Belarus, Mongolia, Russia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Singapore, Barbados, Dominica, Namibia.

Travel Categories

  • There are 12 authorized categories of travel to Cuba that are permitted under a general license. All tours offered by our cruise are designed to meet the requirements for Cuba.
    • All guests will be required to complete a travel affidavit. This will be available and filled out at check-in, prior to boarding the vessel.

Booking the SDC Cuban Cruise

  • Booking this cruise vacation does not make SDC liable nor responsible in any way, shape or form for any issues relating to visiting any port of call.
    • Before booking, please make sure you are in compliance with all requirements and when in doubt, please check with your local embassy/consulate for more information.
    • A travel affidavit will need to be signed before boarding the vessel. Regulations are subject to change.

Travel Tips

  • Like visiting any foreign countries in the world today, please be mindful of your personal safety. Furthermore:
    • Leave valuables and irreplaceable items inside your stateroom safe.
    • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
    • Use discretion when handling cash publicly.
    • Keep your belongings secure.
    • Drink only bottled water.
    • Bring a few tissues.
    • Purchase items only from authorized sellers.
    • Exchange money only at CADECAs (Currency exchange houses) or hotels.

Important Tips

  • While the ship is in port overnight, you will have the opportunity to disembark and re-board as many times as you like.
  • Please dress appropriately, Cuba is a conservative country and you will not be allowed off the ship without proper (casual) attire.
  • A medical insurance when you travel is highly advisable in any scenario but know that the cruise fare does include the mandatory coverage required by the Cuban government during your visit to Cuba.
  • What is illegal in Cuba?
    • It is illegal to buy cigars on the street; other than at approved retail stores.
    • Exchange US dollars into Cuban CUCs (Cuban Currency) any place other than at an official CADECA (Currency Exchange Houses) and hotels.