flights from Miami to Cuba and back are on the following airlines with the
corresponding schedules. At your orientation meeting in Miami the night
before your flight to Cuba, your Tour Director will advise you about the
schedule for the following morning. There will be shuttle transportation from
your hotel in Miami. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change
without prior notice.
are planning to catch a connecting flight after you return to Miami, please
make sure you allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs. We
recommend at least 3 ½ hours.
airlines operating the chartered flights does not accept advance
seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport.
VISA, AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION
following documents and steps are required for legal travel to Cuba sponsored
by the Tour Operator under a general license for people-to-people travel (Educational
Activities – CFR 515.565), where each traveler follows a full time schedule of
activities involving meaningful interaction between the traveler and
individuals in Cuba to learn about their unique culture. The following
information applies to U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens, except for
Cuban-born U.S. citizens.
1. If you
have not already done so, please send copies of the picture pages of the
passports for all travelers to the Tour Operator when you submit your deposit. You passport must be valid for at least 6
months after the date of return.
fill out and return an original copy of the “Visa Application Form” by
mail no later than the final payment due date 90 days prior to departure.
The cost of the visa is included in the program price and will be arranged on
your behalf. The visa will be provided in Miami prior to departure from the
U.S. to Cuba. Upon arrival in Cuba, Cuban immigration officials will collect
one half of this two-part card. The other half will be collected upon departure
from Cuba. Please note that effective April 1st, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax
now must be collected in advance, and the Tour Operator will be covering the cost of
the tax on behalf of our clients.
fill out and return an original copy of the “Travel Affidavit” by
mail to the Tour Operator no later than the final payment due date 90 days prior to departure.
Please fill out your name, date of birth, phone number, and address, and then
sign and date right below the line stating “I certify that the above
information is true and correct.”
fill out and return an original copy of the “CTS Charters Reservation
Form” by mail to the Tour Operator no later than the final payment due date 90 days prior
also requires the purchase of mandatory health insurance (known as Asistur),
which has been included in this package and covers basic medical needs if
required during your trip.
INFORMATION FOR CUBAN-BORN US CITIZENS
U.S. citizens require the following documents depending on when they departed
Cuba. (1) Those who departed Cuba prior to December 31, 1970: PE-11 visa (allow
6 weeks to process) or a Cuban passport (allow 4 months). (2) Those who
departed Cuba after January 1, 1971: Cuban passport (allow 4 months). We
recommend that Cuban-born U.S. citizens who have previously been rejected for a
Cuban visa do not reapply, as repeat rejection is likely and trip cancellation
fees will apply.
INFORMATION REGARDING LEGAL TRAVEL TO CUBA
it is not legal to travel to Cuba for “tourist activities”, travel to Cuba by
U.S. citizens is permitted for certain types of activities as identified by the
U.S. Treasury Department in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations. The Tour Operator
sponsors an authorized form of travel following a general license for
people-to-people travel (Educational Activities – CFR 515.565), where each
traveler follows a full time schedule of activities involving meaningful
interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba to learn about their
unique culture. For more information about the rules governing travel to Cuba,
please visit the following link: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf
requires that travelers to Cuba maintain a daily travel journal during their
trip. This journal will serve as documentation that your trip to Cuba was
consistent with the requirements of the People-to-People travel license. We
recommend that you keep your journal for a minimum of five years after the
final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the
scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us
in writing in case of a change of your address.
temperature in Cuba ranges from the mid 60’s to high 70’s in January and
February, high 60’s to low 80’s in March, April, November and December,
low 70’s to mid 80’s in May and October, and mid 70’s to high 80’s in
September. Rainy season runs from May to October.
are NOT currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public
health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their
WHILE IN CUBA
phones do not work in Cuba, and access to Wi-Fi is extremely limited, except
that most hotels have business centers with a computer or two. You may wish to
make calls from the hotel room or business center, but you should expect calls
to cost approximately $2.50 (or more) per minute. You should also expect to pay
$10-15 per hour for Wi-Fi.
CARDS, ATM MACHINES AND LOCAL CURRENCY
recently, U.S. credit cards and debit cards were not permitted in Cuba.
Although the guidelines are changing and certain credit cards/debit cards will
be accepted over time, we continue to recommend that you plan to bring as much
as cash as you think you will need for the duration of the trip. As for
currency, the Cuban Peso (also known as “Moneda Nacional”) is the official
currency. However, the Convertible Cuban Peso (CUC) is the currency that most
tourists use. You can exchange your money to convertible pesos at airports,
hotels, banks, and exchange offices. Please note that exchanging U.S. dollars
into CUC is subject to a 13% fee, whereas exchanging Canadian dollars, Euros,
and other currency is not subject to this fee. Please also note that you will
not be able to exchange torn or ripped bills.
dine at either the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants
recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in a
local hotel is about $20-25 per meal per person.
to new U.S. regulations, you may now bring back $400 USD worth of goods for
personal use, of which $100 USD can be in the form of tobacco and alcohol
passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and
one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. Please also note that there is
a $20 fee per checked bag imposed by the airlines and should be paid directly
by you at the airport in Miami. This fee applies on the flight from Miami
to Cuba only.