KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1613 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1460 times:
A few friends of mine and i would like to travel to Havana Cuba within the next week or so.....it is a bit last minute plan.We live in Boston and i would like to know how does one travel to Cuba with all the restrictions and what not...i have heard that if someone is a US citizen then traveling to Cuba is not illegal,its spending money over there....so whats the deal guys..me and my friend want to travel there....one of the guys is american national others are Pakistani...where to get tickets from? and how to arrange the whole thing....visa and all..really looking forward to hear from you
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5253 posts, RR: 27 Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1454 times:
Easiest way to go there from the USA is to connect with Cubana service at Cancun; I understand they do not stamp your passport.
Which reminds me: isn't it about time we ditched this ridiculous embargo?
Superfly went there, had glowing tales to tell.
Have fun, tell all.
(By the way, notice how there do not appear to be any forum members from La Habana? You suppose it's because no one inCuba cares about airplanes, or maybe the scarcity of uncensored Internet access there? Hmmmm.)
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
MaxPowers From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 475 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1440 times:
Most everybody in the world, except Cuban-born-non-Cuban citizens, and ANYBODY under United States jurisdiction, can travel to and from Cuba freely. If you are a Cuban-born non-Cuban citizen, you will need to apply for a visa at a Cuban Embassy. For all other North American and EEC citizens, traveling to Cuba as short-term visitors, you need a passport and the tourist cards that is issued with your plane ticket to Cuba. Cuba welcomes non-Cuban born U.S. tourists with no red tape.
It is legal for Americans to go to Cuba.
It is illegal for American to have transactions (spend money) in Cuba under most circumstances.
It is legal for American to have transactions (spend money) in Cuba if they have a "license", but the government is arbitrarily about how it interprets it's rule and who is issues licenses to.
If you are a journalists, government officials, have relatives in Cuba, are a full-time professionals (including doctors, dental hygienists, environmentalists and actors) going to conferences or doing research, or are fully hosted, you should be able to go to Cuba, under a "General License" -- with no red tape....
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39440 posts, RR: 76 Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1427 times:
I was in Cuba summer 2001.
I am an outlaw, sinner, pinko leftist, liberal, heathen, and example of the moral decline of our God fearing nation!
But boy oh boy did I have a ball in Havana!
The best thing for you to do is go through Toronto or Cancun.
From Toronto (YYZ) you have a 50/50 chance of getting a cheap A320 or a magnificent IL-62.
Here is a website that tells you everything you need to do in terms of getting to Cuba.
I used their services. http://www.nashtravel.com
You need to have a passport to show before entering the country. You could request that your passport not be stamped or staple an extra sheet to your passport for them to stamp. Then rip it out as you leave Cuba.
Your friend from Pakistan shouldn't show his U.S. passport while entering Cuba.
Bring an old extra suitcase you want to get rid of and put lots of bottled water, condoms and clothes you don't want in it. Mainly sandals, shorts and t-shirts you don't want. You can use those to barter and exchange for dinners and tours from the locals. The drinking water may not be good for Americans who haven't had all of there shots. You will get thirst in the hot humid climate.
I am sure you'll know what to do with the condoms.
The rates go from $10-$20.
Hotels are cheap and so are the restaurants and bars.
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1613 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1367 times:
Many thanks everyone for the response.....it really has helped.I had a few more questions specially for you Superfly since you have been there in the recent past.
How does my friend get into Cuba if he doesnt show his US passport.....thats the only passport he has.What are the visa requirements..does an american get a visa upon arrival?? what about someone from Pakistan..?? What if they do stamp our passport?? I will call the travel agency first thing tomorow morning and check out whats the scene....i really hope it works out and we get to go there..what connection you think i should take from BOS?.only wish we had started to plan earlier..keep the info coming guys and thanks again.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39440 posts, RR: 76 Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1334 times:
As far as passports, bring your U.S. passport if that's the only one you have. Cubans and the Cuban Government loves Americans to come visit there country. Remember it's our Government that has it's head up there a$$.
Call that Nashtravel.com agent in Toronto. They will explain everything you need to do as far as Visas.
Cuba is the cheapest and most adventurous way in to Cuba (free beer & rum as well as a cigar cart).
You will need to buy your Visa through Nash travel and they will send you a voucher. When you arrive in Cancun, they will have a guy (Fidel's younger brother) will supply you all the forms in his breifcase.
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1613 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1316 times:
Thank you Superfly for providing me with Nash travel info.....i have gotten in touch with them....where do you live by the way...if you live in USA is ok that i can call you and ask you a few questions?thanks again