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Travel to Cuba (for Americans)

Old Sep 4, 16, 2:24 pm
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Travel to Cuba (for Americans)

I'm sure this question has been asked many times before, but unfortunately I haven't been able to locate another thread. I'm curious as to what are the best routes to take to visit Cuba for Americans. I have a limited understanding that our trip needs to meet the requirements of one of twelve categories labeled by the US Embassy - https://havana.usembassy.gov/travelling_cuba.html

I was actually supposed to visit in 2008 with some friends, but was not able to get out of work. They traveled through another country to reach Cuba (Mexico or Costa Rica).

Does anyone have any suggestions or guidance on how to meet the requirements or do folks suggest flying through other countries? Thanks!
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Old Sep 5, 16, 5:34 pm
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American, JetBlue, Frontier, Southwest, Sun Country, and Silver are in the process of rolling out their flights to Cuba's nine provincial airports this fall and early winter. The Department of Transportation has tentatively approved American, United, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Alaska, JetBlue, and Spirit to serve Havana. Once the DOT approval becomes official, airlines can begin marketing and selling those flights. Delta has indicated it hopes to have its Havana service up and running by early December.

Even if you travel via a third country, you are still bound by U.S. law and your trip must fall under one of the 12 approved reasons for travel. Leisure tourism is not one of them. You can travel independently and put together your own cultural/educational itinerary outside the confines of a tour group. That has to be the focus of your trip. No lazing on the beach, in other words. That's the strict letter of the law. Certainly, Americans do go to Cuba and hang out at the beach. Such a trip does not conform to U.S. law.

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Old Sep 7, 16, 8:16 am
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I now see we can book flight to Cuba on JetBlue and United. One mandatory question they asked is "reason for travel" which list those 12 categories. I wonder, say for example, I select "Educational activities (people-to-people exchanges)", when I check in flight or after I come back to the States, do I need to show any proof I really have "people-to-people exchanges" there? Do couchsurfig or airbnb there count as "people-to-people exchanges"?
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