USA -> Cuba

Old Sep 8, 13, 9:43 am
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USA -> Cuba

I'm interested in going to Cuba this New Years and was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to get down there. I know I had a few friends that went back in '08 and they just flew from another country (Costa Rica I believe) and were able to enter Cuba. Do you need a visa to get into Cuba? Does anybody have any tips or tricks that they could share? Thanks for the help.
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Old Sep 18, 13, 11:37 pm
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I'll dig around - a friend just got back...

In the meantime: USDOS site
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Old Sep 19, 13, 7:17 pm
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I went via the Dominican Republic, got a tourist card (visa) at the airport
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Old Sep 20, 13, 8:22 am
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Please follow this in the Cuba forum.

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Old Sep 20, 13, 10:24 am
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A majority of the Americans that I ran into that went through the "backdoor" in to Cuba go via Cancun due to price. Panama on Copa might also be an idea.
Cuba does do a visa on arrival for Americans, although you can get them in advance from the Cuban interests section if you want the security. Cuba does not stamp your passport.
I have said this in other threads, but when I was there in January, my group met with US Interest Section officials and they reminded us that even if you enter Cuba illegally, you can still use their (limited) services in the case of emergencies. They do not enforce Office of Foreign Asset Control sanctions.
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Old Sep 22, 13, 9:08 am
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Originally Posted by AlmostJesus View Post
Cuba does not stamp your passport
You can ask them to though.



(not one of my stamps, I'm comfortable and my passport is upstairs)
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Old Sep 23, 13, 8:33 pm
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That would be cool to have a Cuba stamp on my passport but I don't, oh well.
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Old Sep 25, 13, 9:00 am
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The customs officer refused to stamp my passport, I think many have gotten a little bit tougher about the no stamps for americans rule. YMMV.
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Old Sep 26, 13, 11:59 am
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Legitimate trip

I have booked tour through Grand Circle Foundation. This is a "Cultural Exchange." Charter flight from MIA. No hassle from Uncle Sam, because the trip is kosher. No need to sneak into the country.

I will post a trip report at the end of October.
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