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Cuba Travel: Do I need any vaccinations for Cuba?

by Pilar Dujan | August 24, 2023
Colorful dancing in the streets of Cuba

Traveling to Cuba is an unforgettable experience. The country has a very famous and particular history, stunning beaches (like Varadero beach), national parks and lively cities full of music and joy. 

However, when traveling internationally, there are certain requirements you have to meet in order to be granted access to the destination country.

So, do I need any vaccinations for Cuba? What are the other requirements? Find out here. 

What are the Cuba requirements of entry?

You will need to comply with the following Cuba entry requirements

Do I need any vaccinations for Cuba?

Some countries have mandatory vaccine requirements. The only mandatory vaccine for Cuba is the one for yellow fever, but only if you travel from a country where the disease is endemic.

However, some other vaccines are recommended. They are: 

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid

City of Trinidad in Cuba

How can I get a travel visa for Cuba?

If you’re visiting for tourism, you will need a Cuba visa. There are two types of Tourist Cards: the Standard or Green Tourist Card, and the Specific or Pink Tourist Card.

If you’re wondering how to get a visa for Cuba, it will depend on your nationality’s eligibility

If eligible, you can apply to both kinds, the Standard and Specific Cuba Tourist Cards, online. If not, then you will need to apply in person at the nearest Embassy or Consulate.

If you are traveling to Cuba from the United States, you will have your own requirements: you will be obligated to apply for the Specific Tourist Card for Cuba.