Cuba Trip Report-Getting There, Getting Easier….For Now

imageWith the Death of Fidel Castro, Cuba’s been in the news for the past 10 days. There are many changes happening in the country and now is a great time to go. Direct flights have begun to Cuba from New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia and Minneapolis-St. Paul. JetBlue, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Silver Airways, Southwest and Sun Country Airlines have all been authorized to fly directly to Cuba. We flew American Airlines from Miami on the way down and JetBlue from Santa Clara to Ft. Lauderdale on the way back.

There is some talk of flights being scaled back as there seems to be excess supply right now. That makes this a good time to snatch a cheaper fare. Travelocity is also beginning to do hotel bookings in Cuba. As you may know, President-elect Trump has threatened to cut back on the agreement with Cuba, so you might consider doing your trip sooner rather than later. See these New York Times Article on Last Minute Trips to Cuba and Is it Easy to Visit Cuba. We used Matt Smith (Detours with Matt) for our trip.

While it is easier to get a flight, restrictions still apply. Certification of travel to Cuba under a general or specific license is required. This license is the requirement of the US Treasury department. Approved categories include: people to people, family visits, professional research, professional meetings, educational activities, religious activities and public performances.

Most travelers go on People to People trips. These trips require 6 hours of meetings with Cuban organizations and people each day and are why most people use a tour operator for their trips. You can arrange a trip on your own, but it will take a lot of work before and during your trip.

Come back for our next blog post on Santa Clara, Cuba…..

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