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The charters are operated by Gulfstream International Airlines and the Continental Connection. Only people with permission from the United States government may legally take the charter flights. It is essential to know what the law is regarding legal visits to Cuba.
It's estimated that more than 182,000 Americans visited Cuba in 2000, and almost as many again in 2001, despite the travel ban that allows only U.S. citizens who have obtained Specific Licenses or General Licenses to legally travel, or those citizens who are "Fully Hosted", which then allows those Americans to spend money in Cuba legally without violating The Law. A visit to our law opinion site may give you some ideas here.
For general guidelines regarding Cuban Travel Visas please visit this link. Current general flight carrier information is listed below.
|AIRLINE||FLIGHT INFORMATION||CONTACT INFORMATION|
|American Eagle||Various charter flights from Miami to Havana and Santiago de Cuba||Contact individually|
|Continental Connection||Various charter flights from Miami to Havana, Cienfuegos and Camaguey||Contact individually|
|United Airlines||Charter flights from Miami to Havana by Gulfstream, Marazul, ABC, Wilson, XAEL, and C&T/MIC||Contact individually|
|Cubana Air||Flights from Montreal, Toronto, Nassau and Cancun to Havana||www.cubana.cu|
|Air Jamaica||Flights from Montego Bay (MBJ) & Kingston to Havana||www.airjamaica.com|
|Air Transat||Flights from Vancouver, BC., Halifax, Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto to Havana||www.airtransat.com|
|Lacsa||Flights from San Jose, Costa Rica, Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto and Montreal to Havana||www.grupotaca.com|
|Mexicana (Aerocaribe)||Flights from Tiajuana, Mexico City, and Cancun to Havana||www.mexicana.com.mx|
|Royal Airlines||Flights from Montreal, Ottowa, and Toronto to Havana||www.royalairlines.com|
Americans visiting Cuba without licenses should know that U.S. immigrations forms for returning travelers ask what countries they have visited. If an Immigration or U.S.Customs officer asks you directly if you have visited Cuba note that it is a federal offense to not tell the truth, at which point you may receive a lecture, citation, close scrutiny, or whatever the dictates are, including monetary fines. However, it is in no way a scary or intimidating procedure as long as you have not tried to bring back any illegal contraband.
There are several travel agents existing online today that can assist in making legal travel arrangements for you to visit Cuba, helping to determine if you qualify for a General License, Specific License, or Fully Hosted Travel. A few of the more notable travel companies are listed below.
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