Air Travel Information for Cuba
Since the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, there have been reductions on travel restrictions for U.S. citizens and a resumption of limited commercial flights to Havana and other cities.
Commercial Flights to Cuban Cities Outside of Havana
On June 10, 2016, the Department of Transportation issued an order authorizing six U.S. airlines to provide scheduled passenger flights between various U.S. cities and cities in Cuba other than Havana. Authorized airlines include: American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest, and Sun Country. These carriers are now authorized to provide various services from Miami, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis to Santa Clara, Holguin, Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba.
Our scheduled or custom tours indicate the starting point of each tour.If you choose to fly in or out of a different city than that of the tour origin, you will be responsible for providing your own transportation to the tour’s meeting point.
Commercial Flights to Havana
As of July 7, 2016 The Department of Transportation listed Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines as the airlines given tentative permission to begin scheduled flights to Havana. So far, departure locations include Atlanta, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, Orlando, and Tampa. Many of these flights can be purchased now and are scheduled to begin operating December 1, 2016.
Commercial flights vary in price and are limited to specific destinations, departure dates and time of day. For more specific information visit the airlines website.
Commercial airlines will also be providing the Cuban Travel Visa for an additional charge. Please verify that they will have this available to you at the airport or prior to your departure.
Flying through a Gateway Country
Other options are booking flights from the U.S. to a gateway country such as Panama, Canada, Mexico or the Bahamas and then flights between the gateway country and Cuba. Copa Airlines and Aero Mexico are airlines often used by our guests to travel to Cuba
Cuba Travel Visas can be obtained at each gateway country for an additional cost.
Reserving your Accommodations
If you are arriving early to Cuba or staying after your Cuba Unbound tour, it is important to secure your accommodations ahead of time.Hotels are extremely limited in Cuba, so make sure you have accommodations prior to booking a plane ticket. Many casa particulaires (houses that rent rooms) are available via AirBNB, most in the $20-50 range. A travel agency such as Cuba Travel Services can also assist with booking homestays or hotels.
Booking through a travel agency or AirBNB allows for advance credit card payment, minimizing the cash you’ll need to carry with you.