With the relaxation of the Cuban Embargo the Department of Transportation allowed airlines to apply for the opportunity to operate passenger flights between the US and Cuba. Twelve airlines applied for a total of 20 daily flights between the US and Havana. The follow table from the DOT’s press release shows the airlines and cities that have been tentatively granted the right to operate passenger flights to Havana.
Under the revision of the embargo with Cuba, US citizens are able to travel to Cuba under 12 categories as listed by the US embassy for Cuba:
While that is a pretty extensive list, it is made clear that tourist activities are still prohibited under the new relaxed provisions for travel. It should also be noted that if you do qualify to travel to Cuba under one of the twelve categories, US credit and debit cards do not currently work in Cuba, so you will need to be sure to have enough cash for your entire stay.
In order to travel to Cuba, you must apply through the Office of Foreign Assets Control. The application requires you to list the category you are applying for and a description of proposed travel. After your application is approved you should be able to purchase your ticket. The list above is still tentative, but is expected to be finalized by the end of the month.
I have always wanted to travel to Cuba because of the mystery around it. I have been told it is like stepping back in time to the 60’s and would love to experience it before it becomes too Americanized. I hope to have the opportunity to travel to Cuba in the next year or so under educational, religious, or maybe even athletic competition categories. One thing is for sure if I go you will come with me!