The info on obtaining a tourist card for US citizens to visit Cuba is very confusing. Can someone clarify how to go about getting a tourist card for Cuba if I am leaving Los Angeles, California to El Salvador, catching a connecting flight to Havana from El Salvador? We are flying on Avianca/Taca airlines. Some say the airlines will provide the card, but has to be charter company? Some blogs sat they got it as they connected through a non US country like Mexico and Costa Rica etc. so could I get it in El Salvador? In my search I have the found following possibilities:
1. Avianca could issue the tourist card at the Los Angeles airport, but I don't know the fee, and
was told they may not have any when I get to the airport.
2. I could buy a Green tourist card at an online website for $40 only if the airline accepts this
card. However, chatting with Avianca customer service to find out if they accept the GREEN
tourist card, they only directed me to the consulate
3. I could buy the card, apparently a PINK card from the Cuban consulate in person or by mail,
however, their website for US citizens does not provide the application form or fee amount
and no one answers their phones when I call the consulate.
4. I could buy it from the travel agent for $100.
Any info that can clarify this mess would be greatly appreciated!