This travel permission is issued to certain nationalities for private and business visits, you may also transit the USA with this authorization.Please click here to apply for your visa
You can apply for this visa if you intend to travel to the USA as a tourist or to visit family or friends, this visa type is also issued for medical treatment.Please click here to apply for your visa
In recent weeks, the media and travelers to the USA have increasingly reported that they have been denied entry to the USA with ESTA. The rejection was justified in connection with previous trips to Cuba in recent years. Below you will find all important information about the ESTA requirements for previous travel to Cuba.
From the side of the US authorities, Cuba is still not on the list of countries that are not ESTA travel eligible. Officially, only individuals who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan or Syria since March 01, 2011 are excluded from the visa waiver program. To date, the security query in the ESTA online application form continues to ask only for travel to these countries. There is no query about previous travel to Cuba.
Since a few days, in the FAQ section of the official ESTA website of the U.S. Immigration Service, one can find the notice regarding Cuba that travelers who have visited a "State Sponsor of Terrorism", regardless of the time period, are no longer authorized to enter the U.S. visa-free with ESTA, but must apply for a visa. Cuba was designated as a so-called "State Sponsor of Terrorism" by the U.S. in early 2021.
Other official U.S. authorities' websites also point out that not all travelers to Cuba would be excluded from the Visa Waiver Program. Only those groups of people who stayed in Cuba on or after January 12, 2021 would be affected. This contradictory information continues to cause confusion. An official announcement from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. immigration authorities is still pending.
It is currently unknown how decisions will be made at border control, as not all travelers with ESTA authorization and Cuba stamps were generally rejected upon entry. If travelers who have entered Cuba in the past want to be on the safe side, it is currently recommended to apply for a non-immigrant visa, regardless of the period of travel to Cuba at that time.
In order to be on the safe side when traveling to the U.S. and to avoid rejection at the border, travelers who have a Cuba stamp in their passport or have traveled to Cuba should apply for a non-immigrant visa (e.g. the B2 tourist visa for vacation trips). With a non-immigrant visa you have not only gained a longer period of stay of a total of 180 days per entry, but you can also use the visa on average up to 10 years, because the consulates usually issue the visas with a validity of 10 years.
Unfortunately, there are still long waiting times of many weeks for free interview appointments at the responsible U.S. consulates for the application of a non-immigrant visa. Accordingly, former travelers to Cuba should plan enough lead time for their visa application when making travel plans to the USA. Currently, appointments at the U.S. consulates are partially available again only in the new year!
In addition, we recommend that all persons who have already been to Cuba or have received an entry stamp in their passport and still decide to travel under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA), check the validity of their ESTA authorization before departure.
The current fee of the US consulate is EUR 152,00.
Please note that Russian citizens or persons with dual Russian citizenship currently do not receive appointments at the US consulates. Accordingly, visa applications for this group of persons are currently not possible!
In general: If you have a passport issued by one of the following countries or if you are a dual citizen of one of the following countries, you cannot currently obtain an interview appointment at the US Consulate and therefore you cannot apply for a visa! Emergencies (e.g. death in the family) may be exempt!
You may apply for this visa if you intend to travel to the USA for business, for example for meetings, conferences, trade fairs and as a service engineer.Please click here to apply for your visa
You can apply for this visa if you intend to travel through the USA to another country.Please click here to apply for your visa
You can apply for this visa type if you are a crew member of an airplane or a cruise ship. The crew members include all employees of the aircraft or on the cruise ship.Please click here to apply for your visa
This visa type is for school exchange programs authorized through the ministry of foreign affairs and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), it is also valid for students in secondary school.Please click here to apply for your visa
This visa is offered to students for studies and language exchange programs including high school year courses.Please click here to apply for your visa