Cuba travel interest has grown steadily since President Barack Obama announced, the United States would normalize relations with this island nation.
A survey of 3,431 US travelers conducted by Travel Leaders, nearly
11% of respondents said that they would “go immediately to Cuba if all U.S. government restrictions were lifted, an increase of 4% since 2014. Another 16.4% said that they would go as soon as they believed Cuba was ready for Americans, a 5% increase over the past two years.
Meanwhile, the number of respondents who said that they have no interest in traveling to Cuba has dropped substantially, to 35% from 47.6% in 2014.
There are still restrictions on travel to Cuba. The U.S. law does currently not permit trips that are solely for tourism. Cuba Travel must fall into one of 12 categories, including people-to-people cultural exchange tours that are allowed under educational activities.
Other Cuba Travel Categories Include
- Family visits
- Humanitarian projects
- Professional research
Your best bet is to work with a travel agent who can help you in determining which group is right for you.
But even keeping those limits in mind, the choices for intrepid travelers are getting more varied all the time.
For example, since March it’s been legal for solo travelers to visit Cuba, as opposed to going on a tour. Going alone means determining your own itinerary, but you’ll still required to follow U.S. regulations about the purpose of the trip. (You’re not supposed to book a beach vacation.) You should also keep a record of your activities, including receipts, for five years. It’s not an easy option but a travel agent with ability in Cuba can help.
Best Way To See Cuba, Take a Cruise
In May, Fathom launched its seven-day cruise to three cities in Cuba including the capital, Havana. Fathom has designed its cruise with the people-to-people group in mind.
The trip includes 3 and a half days of shore excursions, with all nights spent aboard the 704-passenger Adonia.
Passengers will explore the country’s culture, cuisine and historic sites while meeting artists, musicians, business owners and families to learn about the everyday lives of the Cuban people.
Onboard, they will enjoy all the amenities of a modern passenger ship.
Air to Cuba for Americans
In June, the U.S. Department of Transportation gave its approval for regularly scheduled commercial flights to Cuba for the first time in five decades, from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia and Minneapolis/St. Paul. (Currently only charter flights are operating.)
There’ll be up to 10 daily round-trip flights between the USA and all 9 international airports on Cuba, other than Havana. Air travel could start as early as this fall.
Routes from the USA to Havana will be announced soon. U.S. carriers have requested almost 60 flights per day to the Havana.
Delta Flights to Havana Cuba
Delta Air Lines will begin serving Havana Cuba this fall from New York JFK, Atlanta and Miami as a result of an announcement by the US Department of Transportation DOT.
Delta is celebrating its’ historic return to Cuba from Atlanta, Miami and New York, providing the market with excellent customer and operational performance that will reunite families and support a new generation of travelers seeking to engage and explore Cuba.
Delta is working diligently to address the unique logistical challenges to reestablishing daily scheduled Havana service.
Of course all routes are subject to Cuba’s regulatory approval. Delta will begin selling seats to Havana this summer.
Delta’s Routes To Cuba
Delta flights between New York-JFK and Havana will connect the New York City area, which includes the second-largest Cuban-American population.
Atlanta has a superior connecting gateway providing Cuban travelers with the nation’s largest hub with: more seats, more destinations and flights from Atlanta than any other airlines.
Delta’s Miami to Havana flights will serve the largest population of Cuban Americans in the USA. Delta offers the 2nd most flights from Miami international airport.
However you’d like to visit Cuba, by air, tour or on a cruise – contact your travel agent for the most expert advice and up-to-date information.