Cuba was designated by the United States Department of State as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, so, if you have visited Cuba, travelling with an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) might not be sufficient. These restrictions apply to previous ESTA approvals and all current and future ESTA applications.
If you have traveled or resided in Cuba on or after January 12, 2021, please be advised that you will need a visa in order to travel to the U.S.
This visa must be requested at the Consulate General or Consular Section of the US Embassy of your country of nationality/residence.
You will have to attend an in-person appointment, where you will be interviewed and fingerprinted. Currently, the visa appointment availability is very limited; in most Consulates there are no appointments available until mid-2023. However, in certain cases, an emergency appointment may be requested.
Employee Mobility Solutions (EMS) can review if you are affected by these measures and assist with the visa application, as well as the emergency appointment request.