Countries Offering Visa-Free Access to Cubans in 2024

Countries Offering Visa-Free Access to Cubans in 2024

The ability to travel freely is desired by citizens across the globe. For Cubans, visa requirements have historically limited their mobility abroad.

However, recent policy changes have expanded visa-free options for Cuban passport holders.

This article provides an up-to-date guide to countries offering visa-free entry or visas-on-arrival to Cubans in 2024.

Overview of Visa Policies for Cuban Citizens

According to the Henley Passport Index, the Cuban passport ranks #78 globally in terms of travel freedom, with visa-free access to just 27 countries.

However, Cuban passport holders can obtain visas-on-arrival in 32 additional destinations.

In total, Cubans enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival privileges in 59 countries worldwide. The majority are located in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the former Soviet Union.

Popular visa-free destinations for Cubans include Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, and several Caribbean islands.

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Despite these options, a Cuban passport still provides less travel freedom compared to many Western nations. For example, a U.S. passport holder can enter over 150 countries either visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival.

Complete List of Visa-Free Countries for Cubans in 2024

Below is a comprehensive list of countries and territories providing visa-free entry to Cuban citizens as of January 2024:


  • Botswana
  • Gambia
  • Namibia


  • Cook Islands
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Malaysia
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Niue
  • Qatar
  • Singapore
  • Tajikistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu


  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago

Europe/Former Soviet Union

  • Belarus
  • Montenegro
  • Moldova
  • Russia

Middle East

  • Iran


  • Fiji (diplomatic passport holders only)

Countries Offering Visas-on-Arrival to Cubans

In addition to visa-free destinations, Cuban citizens can obtain visas-on-arrival in the following 32 countries:

  • Armenia
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Comoros
  • Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Djibouti
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Palau
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

Recent Changes to Cuban Visa Policies

In recent years, Cuba has signed various visa waiver agreements with countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. These agreements allow passport holders to travel between the two countries without obtaining visas.

For example, in November 2021, Nicaragua lifted visa requirements for Cubans, making it easier to travel between the two nations. However, in April 2023, Serbia removed visa-free access for Cubans holding ordinary, official, and diplomatic passports.

Cuban visa policies are subject to periodic changes based on reciprocal visa waiver deals, temporary travel restrictions, and entry requirements imposed by other governments. Citizens should always check visa policies before traveling.

Despite limited mobility compared to Western passport holders, Cubans today have more visa-free and visa-on-arrival options than in the past.

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This trend is expected to continue as Cuba negotiates additional visa waiver agreements worldwide.

Visa-free travel makes it easier for Cubans to experience other cultures, pursue economic opportunities abroad, and connect with the global community.

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