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 [email protected]


Consulate-General of Cuba in Toronto

Kipling Square, Suite 401

5353 Dundas Street West

Toronto, Ontario M9B 6H8

Telephone (416) 234-8181

Email [email protected]

Consulate-General of Cuba in Montreal

4542-4546 Decarie Boulevard

Montreal, Quebec H4A 3P2

Telephone (514) 843-8897

Email [email protected]

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

  • April 21, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Sounds like this guy trashing Cuba and Cuban citizens just doesn’t know much beyond his own neighborhood wherever that may be. If you go go looking for upper society amenities and Park Place surroundings and don’t find it right then you might just arrive in the same train of thought as you are stating BUT if you speak a bit of Spanish and want to make true friends then go to farm country. They work hard, are honest people and many live as if it were to poor areas of US in the 1950’s. Want something? Somebody can usually find it for you! Rent a motorcycle, be personable and look around. Lots to see and do besides tourism!

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