How can a Canadian stay 5-6 months in Cuba?

Question: I am a Canadian citizen & am looking to retire soon. I would like to spend 5 to 6 months per year in Cuba. What do I need to do & contact information.

Answer: Normally, Cuba issues one month tourist visas which can be extended, within the country, for a second month at the discretion of immigration authorities. The only exceptions are holders of a Canadian passport, who can come with a three-month visa which can be extended, within the country, for an additional three months – again, at the discretion of Cuban immigration authorities. This privilege is partly due to the uninterrupted relations that have existed between the two countries for over half a century.

This means that on a tourist visa, you would be able to spend the 5 to 6 months per year that you’d like to be in Cuba after retirement.

For information on applying for a visa, contact the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa or their Consulates in Toronto or Montreal. Contact information for each of these three locations is provided below:

Embassy of Cuba in Ottawa

388 Main Street

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 1E3

Telephone (613) 563-0141

Email embacuba@embacubacanada.net

Websie www.embacubacanada.net

Consulate-General of Cuba in Toronto

Kipling Square, Suite 401

5353 Dundas Street West

Toronto, Ontario M9B 6H8

Telephone (416) 234-8181

Email cubacon@on.aibn.com

Consulate-General of Cuba in Montreal

4542-4546 Decarie Boulevard

Montreal, Quebec H4A 3P2

Telephone (514) 843-8897

Email consulgralcuba@bellnet.ca

13 thoughts on “How can a Canadian stay 5-6 months in Cuba?

  • Cuba is a nice place to visit, but living there long term is very uncomfortable.

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  • I am thinking of living in Cuba( Havana ) for 6 months of the year–( Nov thru April ) our Canadian winters. I am retiring this fall(2015).Could anyone suggest sites that are not within the city proper.

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    • Best location in Cuba Mike depends upon your interests. I too am Canadian and because of the visa limitation, fly backwards and forwards twice per year. As a foreigner you cannot own property there. I am married to a Cuban, but our home is in her name. Yes, remember to return to Canada in time to do your tax return a the end of April. Also, remember when looking at locations that you won’t have a car. The Deputy Consul for Cuba at the Consulate in Toronto is Senor Raul Delgado Concepcion and he is helpful. I used to have to apply for personal visas (cost $128 a time), but am now allowed to use the tourist visa – and as pointed out above, renew it at the three month date – they are strict about it.
      You would be best advised to rent an en-suite room with available cooking facilities and do a long deal with an owner. Best person I know of to help you is Raul Fuentes who operates the web-site: cubaparticular.com He has details of casa particulars all over Cuba and is very helpful. I would guess that you could do a long term rent for $400 – $500 per month. Don’t use my name – because it isn’t!

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      • After further thought MIke, you could split your time and for example spend a period in Trinidad where there are several good museums, and about half a dozen trovas providing wonderful music.

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  • be advised a Cuban is the lowest life form on the planet. nothing is safe, not your life, not your property and not your sanity.

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    • You are wrong about Cuba. To say the lowest life form on the planet is a Cuban, shows just what kind of an ignorant person you are. You are safer in Cuba than Canada.

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      • I totally agree with you Neal, why would anyone suggest that Cuba has the lowest life form on the planet is probably the lowest life form themselves,,, I have visited Cuba 6 times in the past 12 mths and is so looking forward to returning… The culture, the people, everything about Cuba is awesome. I can certainly understand what Canada and Cuba has the best of relations and to go and find out when they know you are from Canada, BE READY TO BE WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS…. they are the most friendly people I have ever met in my life and in some cases even above some of Canadians… I feel completely safe walking down 1st Ave in Varadero at 3am more so than Toronto. This Person Jonathan obviously hasn’t spent much time there…. And yes, if I were allowed..I would move there Ina heartbeat…

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        • Tottally agree with u Bob

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        • The critical fellow above must be American, brainwashed by FOX. Cuban people are humble, friendly and genuine. No obvious sign of corruption as is very evident in the rest of the region and South America .Communism and Castro must have done something right. Cubans would be far better off if they were not punished by the Americans for over 50 years. Things would also be a lot better if OBAMA was still in charge.
          Too bad about restrictions to live there. If they made it easier for Canadians to retire there it would be a Gold Mine for them.

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    • You sir are wrong.

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    • Clearly never been to Cuba ?? ???. They are proud and genuine people.

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    • What? what are you talking about? who are you to say those terrible things? You obviously never been there, or probably never been anywhere else, for that matter.

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  • I love Cuba and the people it is very safe we have been there 18 times in 7 years and made alone of friends for us it’s like going home to see family. I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO READ ABOUT THE HISTORY TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE COUNTRY.

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