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
Consulate-General of Cuba in Toronto
Kipling Square, Suite 401
5353 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M9B 6H8
Telephone (416) 234-8181
Consulate-General of Cuba in Montreal
4542-4546 Decarie Boulevard
Montreal, Quebec H4A 3P2
Telephone (514) 843-8897