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Travel to Cuba 2021: Your Questions Answered

ViaHero
Updated May 24, 2021

So you're wondering... "can I travel to Cuba in 2021?

Although travel to Cuba is complicated at the moment — thanks, Covid — it is possible for Americans to go to Cuba in 2021. 

Read on below to learn more about the latest Cuba travel news, as well as what Americans need to do to travel to Cuba legally. 

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Can Americans still travel to Cuba in 2021?

Yes! Travel to Cuba in 2021 is still possible for Americans who wish to travel independently. You just need to pay attention to the rules.

Americans are allowed to travel to Cuba under 11 different travel categories of authorized travel that reflect the activities travelers will do while in Cuba. There’s no “tourism” category, but there are categories that will allow you to have an incredible solo trip and enjoy the activities you love, such as the Support for the Cuban People category

Even during the coronavirus pandemic?

Yes, Americans can travel to Cuba—there are flights between the United States and Havana. 

Anyone traveling to Cuba just has to keep a couple of things in mind.

  • You'll need a negative PCR test taken 72 hours earlier.
  • You'll also need to take a test at the airport
  • Travelers must quarantine in a hotel for up to six days
  • Before leaving the hotel, you must take another PCR test.
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Even after the June 2019 travel restrictions?

As of June 2019, American cruise ships can no longer dock in Cuba. Don't worry—there are still plenty of ways to enjoy all that Cuba has to offer. 

As an American traveler, all you must do to travel to Cuba in 2021 is to choose one of the 11 Categories of Authorized Travel, plan your trip so that it fits within your chosen category, and keep all your receipts and records for five years. If you go in 2021, you’ve got to keep your records through 2025. It’s that simple.

You can book accommodations ahead of time online with sites like Airbnb. You can get help from Cuban travel experts who will do the heavy lifting of planning. And you can book flights on major airlines from your hometown airport to Cuba.

Yes, flights will still run between the US and Cuba in 2021. But some airlines are cutting routes due to uncertainty in the Cuba travel market. Alaska Airlines has ended its daily flights from LA to Havana, but other airlines are maintaining their current service to Cuba. As of 2019, you’ll be able to travel to Cuba from the US on JetBlue, American, United, Delta, and Southwest.

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