How do I go to Cuba on my own?
1) Book non-stop to Havana on Jet Blue from JFK on Saturdays or on United from Newark. American, Delta and Southwest and charter airlines have connecting flights from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando but only to Havana unless Biden breaks with Trump. Use of flights from other countries is completely legal. The airline will provide your visa in the form of a tourist card. US air tickets include Cuban health insurance.
2) Select “Support for the Cuban People” as the appropriate license category from the airline menu.
3) Use AirBnB, Trip Advisor or a local guide to reserve a room or an apartment (casa particular) from a private owner
4) Eat in a private restaurant (paladar)
5) Buy handicrafts, art and clothing from self-employed craftspeople and creators (cuenta propistas)
6) If you need a guide, hire her or him privately (preferably in advance)
7) As much as possible, use private taxis (also available between cities)
8) Whatever you do, wherever you go, be intentional and responsible that your goal is “a full-time schedule of activities that enhance contact with the Cuban people … and that result in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba.” (The judgement of what qualifies is your own.)
9) Apportion recreational activities like concerts, dancing and the beach as in a normal work week
10) Keep a journal or list of your “meaningful interactions” for five years.
Current US government regulations are here.
Essential information for independent travelers tinyurl.com/Cubabasics
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