by Nelima Kerre
After 54 years, 6 months and 17 days, the U.S. and Cuban embassies re-opened on Monday, July 20th.
We have had several inquiries regarding private travel to Cuba since the announcement of the loosening some of the embargos between the United States and Cuba late late last year. Although Cuba remains the only country in the world off-limits to U.S. tourists, in January 2015, President Barack Obama expanded the categories of authorized travel to Cuba.
1. The United States government has no problem with American citizens traveling to Cuba for any of the following 12 reasons:
- visits to close relatives
- official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
- journalistic activities
- 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 information materials
- certain authorized export transactions
2. Americans still cannot travel to Cuba for tourism.
3. Until the U.S. Department of Transportation comes to an agreement with the Cuban government, U.S. airlines are unable to offer direct flights or package connecting routes to Cuba. This agreement is not expected to happen for a while.
4. At one time there were extensive forms that needed to be filled out to obtain a special license from the Treasury Department but that is no longer necessary, only the charter companies need to have special documentation.
As an example, the cost for a round trip on a 30 passenger plane from South Florida would be approximately $19,000 to $22,000. At the moment Cuba charges a $250 per person landing fee that is not included in this price. So if you have a full plane with 30 passengers this would be an additional $7,500.
5. We can also arrange luxurious flights in 7 to 14 passenger jets if you want the truly private jet experience.
Please feel free to give us a call at 1.877.FLY.1101 if you have any questions regarding travel to Cuba or private jet charter to any other location around the globe.