Cuba Travel

Old Nov 25, 09, 9:24 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1
Cuba Travel

I know it's "illegal" for a US Resident without a license or family in Cuba to travel but I know many Americans travel to Havana every year through Mexico and Canada. Is there a good travel agency that someone recommends that can help ?
justj0shnya is offline  
Old Nov 25, 09, 10:08 pm
  #2  
Moderator: Delta SkyMiles, Luxury Hotels, TravelBuzz! and Italy
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 25,335
Welcome to Flyertalk, justj0shnya. FT has a Forum which is dedicated to Cuba. Thus, I am moving your thread to the Cuba Forum.
Please follow there...
Obscure2k
TravelBuzz Moderator
obscure2k is offline  
Old Nov 25, 09, 10:16 pm
  #3  
fti
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: MN
Programs: Lots of programs, dirt on all of them!
Posts: 11,889
I don't believe it is illegal to travel to Cuba. Technically, it is only illegal to spend money there.

I think you need to go through some place in Mexico, Canada or another country.
fti is offline  
Old Nov 26, 09, 10:23 am
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Programs: United MileagePlus, Nexus, Global Entry
Posts: 8,765
Originally Posted by fti View Post
I don't believe it is illegal to travel to Cuba. Technically, it is only illegal to spend money there.
This has been covered in many threads many times. Because the very act of travelling to Cuba causes you to spend money there (a portion of your ticket pays the landing fees so you've in effect spent money) it's illegal for US Citizens to travel there.

Of course many do - On my last holiday in Cuba the guy in front of me in the customs line was from Seattle, and the guy behind me was from San Francisco - Both had travelled on our non-stop from YVR.

Both of them entered with no problems whatsoever.

Last edited by gglave; Nov 30, 09 at 9:20 am
gglave is offline  
Old Nov 29, 09, 10:24 pm
  #5  
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 1
Try Solways Travel in Toronto.

By the way, has anyone experienced issues upon return to the U.S. from Cuba via Mexico with a Mexican re-entry stamp on their passport?
rtpredhome is offline  
Old Jan 26, 10, 1:55 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: BER HAV
Programs: lh sen spg plat ra plat hyatt dia
Posts: 362
I always open my passport with the pages of the cuban immigration stamps (I ask always to stamp my passport and not the paper they put in) while entering the US and show it to the US-Immigration officer.

Most of them, especially when they are latinos, appreciate it.

But I am a holder of a german passport.
carpetbagger is offline  
Old Jan 26, 10, 2:01 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: BER HAV
Programs: lh sen spg plat ra plat hyatt dia
Posts: 362
For a local tour guide and/or accomodation in HAV I recommend this guesthouse (licensed):


http://www.cubaguesthouse.com/index.htm


They speak english, spanish, german and swiss-german!
carpetbagger is offline  
Old Jan 26, 10, 10:11 am
  #8  
Senior Moderator, Moderator: Community Buzz, and Ambassador: Miles & More (Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, and other partners)
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: 150km from MAN
Programs: LH SEN** HH Diamond
Posts: 26,982
Originally Posted by carpetbagger View Post
I always open my passport with the pages of the cuban immigration stamps (I ask always to stamp my passport and not the paper they put in) while entering the US and show it to the US-Immigration officer.

Most of them, especially when they are latinos, appreciate it.

But I am a holder of a german passport.
My only regret during a trip to Cuba a few years ago was I didn't get my (UK) passport stamped. Other members of the group I was travelling with were apparently asked if they wanted their passport stamped on leaving Cuba. I was never asked possibly because of the number of US immigration stamps I had in my passport.

I lost the opportunity to add a Cuban immigration stamp to my collection of visas from "dodgy" countries including Yemen, Iran, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Ethiopia... My passport ran out of blank pages soon after my visit to Cuba and my current passport is a lot more boring.
NewbieRunner is offline  
Old Oct 5, 11, 1:29 pm
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: California
Programs: UA, WN, DL, AA, KE, OZ
Posts: 118
Originally Posted by justj0shnya View Post
I know it's "illegal" for a US Resident without a license or family in Cuba to travel but I know many Americans travel to Havana every year through Mexico and Canada. Is there a good travel agency that someone recommends that can help ?
Hopefully, you speak some Spanish. As a rule, most Cubans do not speak English well. The only English speakers will be those in the travel industry, such as tour guides, hotel front desk workers, etc. Below is the link to a Mexican/Cuban travel agent.

http://www.tainotours.com.mx/taino.php

Prices are in Mexican pesos. Again, I do not recommend unless you speak Spanish to some extent.
SBayGirl is offline  
Old Oct 6, 11, 5:28 pm
  #10  
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Home:HKG formerly YYZ Business: ATL, PVG, PEK, CAN, SZX, MNL, SIN, KUL
Programs: CX, DL, Nexus/GE, APEC
Posts: 9,593
Originally Posted by SBayGirl View Post
Hopefully, you speak some Spanish. As a rule, most Cubans do not speak English well. The only English speakers will be those in the travel industry, such as tour guides, hotel front desk workers, etc. Below is the link to a Mexican/Cuban travel agent.

http://www.tainotours.com.mx/taino.php

Prices are in Mexican pesos. Again, I do not recommend unless you speak Spanish to some extent.
Flight centre in Canada offer all inclusive to many resort on various part of the island.. Airfare, transfer resort with all meals and some activities. Local tour are optional. All tour guide, drivers, resort staff that needs to interact with tourist all speak English.
tentseller is offline  
Old Oct 14, 11, 9:59 pm
  #11  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend and Moderator: Air Canada Aeroplan & Manufactured Spending
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: YEG
Posts: 48,704
Originally Posted by NewbieRunner View Post
I lost the opportunity to add a Cuban immigration stamp to my collection of visas from "dodgy" countries
I do hope you're kidding and that's why you used the quotation marks as I happen to have a very large soft spot for Cuba.
tcook052 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread