With the easing of tensions between the United States and Cuba and the recent visit by President Obama to the island nation, travel rules between the two countries have been somewhat relaxed. Northeastern has been granted FAA approval to fly its charter aircraft to Cuba and now offers private charters to Cuba.
Cuba, roughly 780 miles long, located in the Caribbean Sea and 90 miles from Florida, has been off-limits to most American travelers. However, the categories of people who can now travel to Cuba have been expanded. Visiting just for tourism is still forbidden. But the new regulations open up this culturally rich paradise to more American visitors.
Provided that you meet certain criteria, it is possible to fly direct to Cuba from the United States. Keep in mind travel to Cuba as a tourist is still banned, but you can travel providing you fall under one of the 12 categories outlined by the U.S. Government. These categories include:
1. Family visits
2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
3. Journalistic activity
4. Professional research and professional meetings
5. Educational activities
6. Religious activities
7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
8. Support for the Cuban people
9. Humanitarian projects
10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
12. Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.
Shortly, American commercial airlines will begin frequent travel to Cuba. So, if clients want to experience ‘authentic Cuba,’ now is the time to plan a trip!
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