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.
There are plenty of direct flights to Cuba every day from cities around the USA.
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
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
Orlando to Havana, 1x daily JetBlue
NYC-JFK to Havana, 1x daily JetBlue
NYC-JFK to Havana, 1 x daily Delta Airlines
Charlotte to Havana, 1x daily American Airlines
Newark to Havana, 1x daily United Airlines
Houston to Havana, 1x weekly United Airlines
Atlanta to Havana, 1x daily Delta Airlines
Tampa to Havana, 1x daily Southwest Airlines
If you are flying from somewhere outside the US, the following airlines all operate flights to Cuba:
Air Canada, Air Transat, Westjet, Sunwing.
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
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.
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.