Lee Harvey Oswald applied in Mexico for a visa to go to Cuba two months before JFK was assassinated in Dallas. Initially, Cuban embassy officials turned him down because Cuba did not grant visas to individual US citizens. Castro himself explained, after the JFK assassinations, that they thought Oswald was “crazy.” Even so, did Cuba ultimately approve Oswald’s visa?



On October 18, 1963, according to its own records, the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana authorized the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City to issue a transit visa for Lee Harvey Oswald to enter Cuba. It required that Oswald also obtain a visa to enter the Soviet Union.

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