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How to Fly to Cuba in 2021

ViaHero
Updated November 30, 2020

So you want to go to Cuba? We'd love to help you get there! Here's everything you need to know about how to fly to Cuba.

Keep an eye on current travel conditions, which are subject to change because of the coronavirus. 

Buy a commercial ticket from your home city 

Five commercial airlines offer round-trip flights from the U.S. to Cuba. You can book the tickets directly with the airline. You can book directly from your home city to Cuba and most flights will include a layover because only a few cities offer nonstop flights at this time.

For example, you can fly from Pittsburgh to Havana with a stop in Fort Lauderdale on JetBlue for as low as $285 roundtrip. Or you could fly from NYC-JFK nonstop to Havana on JetBlue for as little as $300. Keep in mind that as of 2019, American airlines can ONLY fly into Havana.

If you choose this option you will have to certify that your trip falls into one of the following eleven categories at the time you purchase your ticket to fly to Cuba:

  • Family visits
  • Official business for the US government, foreign government, and certain intergovernmental organizations
  • Journalistic activity
  • Professional research
  • Religious activities
  • Public performances
  • Support for the Cuban people* (most likely choice)
  • Humanitarian projects
  • Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
  • Exportation, importation or transmission of information or informational materials
  • Certain export transactions

Most visits will qualify as Support for the Cuban People. Get more information on declaring your category (general license)

Fly to Cuba from Canada or Mexico 

If you live close to the Canadian or Mexican border you may prefer to fly to Cuba from major cities in Canada or Mexico and taking ground transportation to that city. While it's certainly not necessary to add this extra step, you may prefer to do so if flights to Cuba from your home airport are more expensive than flights from Toronto or Mexico City.

The number one Canadian airline to book to fly to Cuba is Sunwing, which offers a fun bonus: a complimentary glass of champagne for all passengers. Sunwing flights from Toronto to Varadero begin around $400 roundtrip. 

If you're near the border between Texas and Mexico, flights from Monterrey, Mexico to Cuba start around $360 while flights from nearby Corpus Christi, TX are usually in the $500 to $600 range. Hopping from Cancun to Havana is often a mere $200. 

Pro tip: Use Google FlightsSkyscanner, Momondo, or Kayak to search for the best options.

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