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Advice Needed On Travel To Cuba

Wed Jun 19, 2002 6:36 pm

I'm planning to go to Cuba next October, but unfortunately major travel sites (expedia / travelocity etc) are not allowed to issue tickets for that destination due to legal restrictions (embargo).

I do know that some American airline companies fly charters to Cuba (from Miami or NY) and since I would like to combine this holiday with a short US stay, I would like to know if there are sites that can give a price estimate for such a trip.

If anyone of you know such a site, please tell me. Your help is much appreciated.

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RE: Advice Needed On Travel To Cuba

Wed Jun 19, 2002 6:46 pm

I don't think it's easy even for foreign nationals to get on those charters from what I've read previously on this board (so I could be wrong). Best bet if combining a visit there with a trip to the US is to do what Americans have to do, go through a third country (Canada, Mexico, Bahamas).
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RE: Advice Needed On Travel To Cuba

Wed Jun 19, 2002 7:39 pm

You have really chosen the one of the trickiest possible combinations for your travel plans!  Smile
There are some scheduled airlines flying both to HAV and the US (e.g. IB, AF), but I doubt that open-jaw routings are possible e.g. for a trip to HAV and back from the US.

On November 1, 2001, Continental Airlines started twenty weekly charter flights from the United States to Cuba, using Boeing 737 aircraft, with flights
originating primarily from Miami, one of the U.S. approved gateway cities for travel to and from Cuba. The other U.S. cities with direct flights to Cuba are
Los Angeles and New York city.

The charters are operated by Gulfstream International Airlines and the Continental Connection. Only people with permission from the United States
government may legally take the charter flights. It is essential to know what the law is regarding legal visits to Cuba.

Americans visiting Cuba without licenses should know that U.S. immigrations forms for returning travelers ask what countries they have visited. If an
Immigration or U.S.Customs officer asks you directly if you have visited Cuba note that it is a federal offense to not tell the truth, at which point you may
receive a lecture, citation, close scrutiny, or whatever the dictates are, including monetary fines. However, it is in no way a scary or intimidating
procedure as long as you have not tried to bring back any illegal contraband.
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RE: Advice Needed On Travel To Cuba

Wed Jun 19, 2002 8:11 pm

for a us citizen, i thought they could also fine you up to 15,000$
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RE: Advice Needed On Travel To Cuba

Thu Jun 20, 2002 2:23 am

You can fly Continental Airlines to MIA, then you can fly Gulfstream International from Miami to Havanna. -Brett
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RE: Advice Needed On Travel To Cuba

Thu Jun 20, 2002 8:11 am

Best connections & most flights to Cuba from North American are from YYZ (Toronto) followed by YUL (Montreal). Nonstops from each to about 10 Cuban cities on Air Canada, LACSA, Air Transat, Skyservice. Since you're in the Netherland, hubbing thru YYZ or YUL might be as easier than thru the US, since Canada & Cuba enjoy close economic relations. Flights from YYZ carry alot of Americans.

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RE: Advice Needed On Travel To Cuba

Thu Jun 20, 2002 9:31 am

Not to worry about the stamp in the passport either, you will be issued with a cuban "visa" passport entry card, all you do is throw it away when you leave the county...Like YYZ717 said your best bet would probably be through Canada, either Toronto or Montreal. Try looking at Canadian tour operators, they can sell you a tour package and probably include your flights getting you to YYZ/YUL..
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RE: Advice Needed On Travel To Cuba

Thu Jun 20, 2002 10:39 am

If you are not a 'US Person*' then tou don't have to worry at all. As a Netherlands citizen not resident in the USA then there is nothing stopping you from travelling to Cuba.


* A 'US Person' is a citizen or permanent resident.
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RE: Advice Needed On Travel To Cuba

Fri Jun 21, 2002 3:56 am

Hi Bibeb

I wouldn't recommend travel to Cuba via the US. Best connections are via Canada or direct by charter flights from Europe. In addition air jamaica do a link to the island, maybe you should go via Manchester on their new service!!

Anyway, which ever way you get to the island you will have a great time, lovely place and great, friendly people...a real pity they have to suffer an unfair embargo!!!


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