Canadian to Cuba

Old Jul 6, 18, 3:46 am
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Canadian to Cuba

Hey,

MODs feel free to move this, I kinda think it's probably not the exact right spot, I also hope it's not been answered but I googled around and didn't find anything.

I'm Canadian, so we've always had pretty unfettered access to Cuba, but now that the US airlines are flying there it's quite often cheaper to fly via the US including one certain itinerary I'm looking at buying now. Is there anything special or problematic as a Canadian traveling to Cuba via the US? The Canadian government travel site is a little vague about the situation. I would strictly be going as a tourist, and if it's just a matter of meeting one of the 12 US conditions, that's not an issue, I understand most people just file for the "support for the Cuban people" one or "educational", but is it any different as a Canadian? I imagine it'd be easier, but Cuba is foreign to me so I'd wanna be sure before I pay for flights that it won't be a huge pain.
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Old Jul 6, 18, 5:33 pm
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Originally Posted by drvannostren View Post
Hey,

MODs feel free to move this, I kinda think it's probably not the exact right spot, I also hope it's not been answered but I googled around and didn't find anything.

I'm Canadian, so we've always had pretty unfettered access to Cuba, but now that the US airlines are flying there it's quite often cheaper to fly via the US including one certain itinerary I'm looking at buying now. Is there anything special or problematic as a Canadian traveling to Cuba via the US? The Canadian government travel site is a little vague about the situation. I would strictly be going as a tourist, and if it's just a matter of meeting one of the 12 US conditions, that's not an issue, I understand most people just file for the "support for the Cuban people" one or "educational", but is it any different as a Canadian? I imagine it'd be easier, but Cuba is foreign to me so I'd wanna be sure before I pay for flights that it won't be a huge pain.
You are free to do what you propose. The airlines are happy to fly you, and Cuba is happy to host you. (I withhold any praise for our U.S. government however.) All you need is the air ticket and a visa, which the airline will obtain for you (usually for $25US). The visa allows you to stay in Cuba 30 days. It is unwise to overstay the visa.
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Old Jul 6, 18, 11:51 pm
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Leaving from a US airport/port, you are subject to the same rules as US passport holders.
People to people (educational) OFAC reason is now not a choice for individual travelers attesting to their qualification for a general license. Only open to agencies that apply for a specific license for groups. Most individual travelers seem to be using the "Support for the Cuban People" OFAC reason. You probably don't want to say " I would strictly be going as a tourist" to anyone involved with the US process for travel.
In addition to the tourist card/visa that the Cuban government requires,they require health insurance, which is included in your ticket price from the US. The boarding pass serves as proof, if you ever have a medical issue.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 9:37 pm
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Cuban people are very receptive with their tourists, you don't need to worry about that! It's a great option to travel. You just need the visa to stay in Cuba for a month
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