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Find the Best Flights to Cuba from Your Home Airport

Updated October 14, 2023

In 1961 the USA put a trade embargo on Cuba, which meant that, amongst many other things, US citizens were no longer allowed to travel to Cuba. That ban lasted for decades. But not anymore! It is now not only possible for Americans to travel to Cuba, but it is also possible to fly directly from the USA to Cuba, here are all the flights that will get you there. Once you’ve figured out how you’re going to travel, it’ll be time to start planning the rest of your Cuba trip – and why not have a local Cuban help you make the most of your time there?

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Can I fly from the USA to Cuba?

Yes! You can fly directly from the USA to Cuba on several different airlines. You’ll need to search directly on each airline's website as OTAs like Kayak and Expedia don’t include Cuba in their flight searches currently. 

While this has not always been the case, direct flights from the USA to Cuba reopened in August 2016 for the first time since 1961. Don’t forget though, you will need a Cuba General License before you take off.

Cayo Coco Beach, Juan Rojas, Unsplash

Which airlines fly from the USA to Cuba?

Currently, these four airlines offer direct flights from the USA to Cuba. They are:

Which US cities have direct flights to Cuba?

There are direct flights from four US cities to various destinations in Cuba. These are the routes currently available: 

American Airlines

  • Miami to Havana - daily departures

  • Miami to Santa Clara - daily departures

  • Miami to Holguin - one daily departure

  • Miami to Varadero - one daily departure

  • Miami to Santiago de Cuba - daily departures

  • Miami to Camaguey - daily departures


  • Miami to Havana - daily departures


  • Tampa to Havana - one daily departure 

  • Fort Lauderdale to Havana - daily departures


  • Houston to Havana - one daily departure

Are there other ways to get from the USA to Cuba?

While there are ferry services from Florida to Cuba, they are only available to Cuban Americans and American citizens must make their way to Cuba by air. 

You can also fly indirectly to Cuba through another country, whether that be The Bahamas, Canada, or another country in the region.


A classic car in Havana, Daniel Seßler

What documents do you need to fly to Cuba?

Now that you’ve got your flights figured out, you need to make sure all the rest of your Cuba travel requirements are in order so you can travel hassle-free. 

While Americans are allowed to get into Cuba and the process is fairly straightforward, there are some very specific documents you’ll need to make sure you have:

  1. A valid passport with at least six months of validity from the date of entry and two empty pages.

  2. A Cuba general license – not sure what that is? Check out this guide to getting your Cuba general license.

  3. A detailed travel itinerary that you should retain for five years after your trip. Since putting one together can be quite time-consuming, ask a local to give you a hand!

  4. Cash. While you don’t legally need cash, you won’t be able to access any of your US banks once in the country, so you should have enough cash to last you through your entire trip.

Now that you’ve figured out how to get to Cuba, make sure you have all the other parts of a perfect trip planned, and what better way to do that than to talk with a local Cuban and get their help?

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