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Cuba Travel from the US

Can anyone give me some insight on the most affordable way to get to Cuba without a raft? Are charter flights from the US possible, or cheaper ways of going through Carribean/Mexico?

Thanks for any suggestions in advance.

by Andy Levin at 2013-03-17 17:02:41 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

There are dozens of charter flights from the US every day and lots from Miami, Tampa and Atlanta. They may or may not be cheaper than going through a third country. That said you may still need a license assuming you aren’t visiting family down there.PM me or email me and I can pas you along to someone who specializes in travel to Cuba.

by Damaso Reyes | 17 Mar 2013 19:03 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
Are you looking to go on your own or with a group? It makes a big difference, as sanctioned groups make it easy to go. Going on your own isn’t difficult, just takes a little more planning. Do you just want to go to one city, or are you planning to explore the island? I can also suggest a great company to tour with that basically provides transportation and housing but lets then you explore on your own.

Email me and tell me what you want to do and I’ll try to offer some suggestions.

by PJ Heller | 18 Mar 2013 02:03 | Christchurch, New Zealand | | Report spam→
A few years ago it was very easy via Nassau, Bahamas. Plenty of flights, quite cheap. I assume it is still the case.

by Nacho Hernandez | 19 Mar 2013 09:03 (ed. Mar 19 2013) | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
Yo Andy, best go from outside, even Canada. They have tight relations with Cuba. From US in my opinion not worth lengthy hassle. You have to apply Dept Treasury and submit all paperwork & schedule, pending you have legitimate reasoning for visit. In the end not cheap flying from here. Here is a list of accepted travel agencies that you would have to deal with. I think I dealt with Marazul. Call them up, they will help and/ or do process for you, of course at a cost. Give me a call if you need more….. cheers

by phil suarez | 21 Mar 2013 15:03 | Moab, Utah, United States | | Report spam→
“From US in my opinion not worth lengthy hassle.”

As long as you understand the Treasury dept may come after you. Not that it happens but it could happen. If this is something that might worry you at all (and some people couldn’t care less) then go via a third country.

by Damaso Reyes | 21 Mar 2013 17:03 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
If you look at the thousands of people from the U.S. who go via a third country every year, it’s a non-issue.

As I understand it, there really isn’t a ban on travel to Cuba. The ban is that you can’t spend US dollars there. So make sure you bring some other currency (ie Canadian) with you. Plus there is/was an extra fee if you tried to convert US dollars there).

by PJ Heller | 21 Mar 2013 18:03 | Christchurch, New Zealand | | Report spam→
oops didn’t post link to accepted travel agents: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_tsp.pdf

Getting caught from my perspective was more of an issue during Bush years, I would go by other means now. Though its a financial ban, it includes unapproved travel other than family or general visa requirements, ex. medical seminar, artists etc.

Changing dollars is not suggested, additional 10% tax but regardless its very expensive. They have 2 currencies, one for Cubans (peso) and another for tourists (convertible peso). My last time the peso was at 24 to 1 to the dollar and convertible was 1 to 1 with dollar. You can see why so expensive. Still well worth the trip

by phil suarez | 21 Mar 2013 20:03 | Moab, Utah, United States | | Report spam→
Take a look here: http://wikitravel.org/en/Americans_in_Cuba gives you the low down.

by Angela Cumberbirch | 23 Mar 2013 15:03 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
You can also get lots of good info here:

http://tinyurl.com/6gkgyx

by PJ Heller | 23 Mar 2013 20:03 | Christchurch, New Zealand | | Report spam→

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