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Finding a good hotel is easy, except during a game weekend!
In my previous research attempt to visit Cuba, I would have had to fly to some “gateway” country like Canada or Mexico and then fly discreetly to Cuba!
But now, traveling to Cuba from the US is getting to be very easy. There are currently a number of airlines that fly from all over the US to Havana.
If you are a frugal traveler like me (cheap), then the next thing you would need is a reasonably priced place to stay. But at my favorite hotel reservation site, there are currently only 29 properties listed for Cuba and 6 for Havana. The price would also run range from $1,372 to $4,788 for a 14 night stay. Clearly they have some catching up to do with the new rules.
At another reservation site the lowest priced property was a more reasonable $50 per night. But, in checking it on youtube, there was a video of the place. It looked like a storm had blown out a lot of windows which were replaced with plywood.
Airbnb to the rescue! For my 14 day stay, there were more than 300 places to stay. Success!
Rather than rely upon out dated information from travel sites, your first stop for actual information on US residents travel to Cuba should be the new Embassy in Cuba.
Once there you can check on the current viability of legal travel to Cuba for US citizens. As of this writing there still exists the requirement to select one of 12 reasons for your visit.
” The 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are: family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials; and certain authorized export transactions.”
Once you select a category, just stick with it as your reason and no one should hassle you.
The Embassy also suggests that you register your trip under the free online Smart Traveler Enrollment Program or by calling them @ (53)(7)839-4100 or even stopping into the office. I suggest the STEP approach because you can do this easily prior to your visit.
If you don’t like surprises, then you would also want to take out the required travel insurance policy as soon as you book your trip. The cost is roughly 1% of trip travel cost and must include “medical evacuation by air, medical emergencies, and repatriation”. If you do not bring proof of that insurance with you, then you would need to buy it at the airport at whatever rate they may charge at that time.
If you buy the insurance within 15 day of booking your trip with a company like Travel Guard then you will also get good trip cancellation features. At this time, they say you must mail them an actual (simple) paper application with payment and a copy of their “Cuba Travel Certification” form. To get the policy amount you would go online and for some inexplicable reason, enter ‘Caribbean’ as your destination instead of Cuba.
However, no one ever wanted to see my insurance so you could always take a chance and buy it only if needed.
You will also want to verify the current value of products that you can bring back with you.
“up to $400 of merchandise acquired in Cuba for personal use, $100 of which may be alcohol or tobacco products”.
They are a great resource for obtaining actual and current US policy information. However, their video still inaccurately states that there are no commercial flights from the US to Cuba.
In fact, it is easy to book a flight with United, Spirit, Alaska, Delta, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines or Sun Country Airlines from the US.
The required $25 departure fee should also be a part of the flight cost sparing you added time and hassle.
The US tourist VISA to Cuba is also an extra $50 which you can pay for in the US at the airline desk. If you are not renting a car, the taxi fare to Havana is $25. So exchange enough currency at the airport to get to town and save enough for your return trip.
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