How To Travel To Cuba

how to travel to cuba

The majority of people with questions about how to travel to Cuba are from the United States. Since there are so many conflicting new stories out there and plenty of people willing to weigh in on the issue, we thought we’d share our expert advice on the matter.

In short… YES! Americans can travel to Cuba. The new rules mean that you have to fall into one of the 12 categories for authorised travel to Cuba. The good news is that you don’t have to actually apply for anything, you just need to be aware and ready to self-declare your category when asked.

The most popular category is “support for the Cuban people”. This replaces the People to People exchange programme that was in use before the Trump administration. This travel category allows individuals to travel to the country independently. The only restriction you need to be aware of is that you should avoid contact with GAESA-owned (military-owned) business.

How to travel to Cuba from the USA

There are plenty of direct flights to Cuba every day from cities around the USA.

Flights to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara, 1x daily JetBlue

Fort Lauderdale to Camagüey, 1x daily JetBlue

Fort Lauderdale to Holguín, 1x daily JetBlue

Fort Lauderdale to Havana, 2x daily + 1x on Saturday JetBlue

Fort Lauderdale to Havana, 2x daily Delta Airlines

Flights to Cuba from Miami

Miami to Cienfuegos, 1x daily American Airlines

Miami to Holguin, 1x daily American Airlines

Miami to Camagüey, 1x daily American Airlines

Miami to Santa Clara, 1x daily American Airlines

Miami to Varadero, 1x daily American Airlines

Miami to Havana, 4x daily American Airlines

Miami to Havana, 1x daily Delta Airlines

Flights to Cuba from Orlando

Orlando to Havana, 1x daily JetBlue

Flights to Cuba from New York, JFK

NYC-JFK to Havana, 1x daily JetBlue

NYC-JFK to Havana, 1 x daily Delta Airlines

Flights to Cuba from Charlotte

Charlotte to Havana, 1x daily American Airlines

Flights to Cuba from Newark

Newark to Havana, 1x daily United Airlines

Flights to Cuba from Houston

Houston to Havana, 1x weekly United Airlines

Flights to Cuba from Atlanta

Atlanta to Havana, 1x daily Delta Airlines

Flights to Cuba from Tampa

Tampa to Havana, 1x daily Southwest Airlines

If you are flying from somewhere outside the US, the following airlines all operate flights to Cuba:

Canadian airlines that fly to Cuba

Air Canada, Air Transat, Westjet, Sunwing.

Worldwide airlines that fly to Cuba

To can fly to Cuba from desintations around the world with the following airline:

Aeroflot, Air Italy, Iberia, Aeromexico, Air Transat, KLM, Air Canada, American Airlines, SWISS, Air China, Avianca, Turkish Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic, Air Europa, Air France, Eurowings, WestJet

How to find a place to stay in Cuba

As part of the “support of the Cuban people” rules, you need to actively engage with the Cuban people. This means that staying at an all-inclusive beach resort is unlikely to cut it.

Staying at a casa particular, or Cuban homestay is a great way to fulfil the requirements of your visit. You can find out more about the casa particular experience here.

Things to remember before you leave

As part of the Cuba travel category, it’s important to keep evidence of your trip. In short, make sure you take plenty of mementoes from your trip. This could include things like museum entrance ticket stubs, items from independent markets, addresses of the people you met along the way.

If you have any more questions about how to travel to Cuba, feel free to contact us! If you’re ready to start planning your ideal Cuba getaway, get in touch today.

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