Cuba – Visa

Please keep in mind that the visa application process and the required papers list are subject to change at any time. Make sure to receive the most up-to-date information on visa regulations from the Cuban embassy in your own country. Obtaining a visa for a foreign nation should never be taken for granted, and Beyond Abroad makes no guarantees in this regard. Please read our terms and conditions as well. A student visa is required for all students admitted to study at one of our host universities. We advise all students to begin the visa application process as soon as you receive the needed documentation.

Applying for a student visa

A student visa is classified as a “other visa” in Cuba. On personal request, the Cuban Embassy issues D-2 student visas.
NB! Student visas are not issued by all embassies. After obtaining the initial acceptance letter, please contact your nearest embassy and notify us if your visa application location changes. A list of all Cuban embassies can be found here.

Documents required for a student visa (may vary depending on the embassy)

For a student visa, the following documents are usually required (may vary depending on the embassy)

  • A valid passport is required (valid at least 6 months after planned return)
  • Visa Application Form
  • Plane Ticket with Arrival and Return Dates
  • Payment Receipt of the Consular Fee
  • Envelope with enough stamps and return address

Because visa restrictions change frequently and without notice, you must contact the Cuban Embassy in your home country for the most up-to-date information. The process of applying for a visa varies from country to country, and even from one official to the next. We advise students to take care of their visas well in advance of their departure for the destination.

Check the embassy’s website for the most up-to-date information on visa applications, required documents, and business hours, or phone the embassy directly. Embassies are open on the national holidays of the countries they represent, as well as the national holidays of the countries in which they are located.

Embassy Letter

Your host university in Cuba will receive the necessary information from us in order to produce all necessary visa documents. They will contact the consulate stated in your application, obtain information about your application, and assist you in obtaining your visa as promptly as possible.

Student Experiences

Let the students speak! You can read interviews with our students, see their reports or check out their blogs for helpful tips for your own semester abroad. Below you can also find videos and testimonials.

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