If experiencing Cuba is on your “to-do” list, we have everything you need to make this historical trip happen for you. Whether your choice is to fly into Cuba from several U.S. Airlines/Airports recently approved to do so or on a Cruise to Cuba, TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises knows all about it! If your urge is to Volunteer, we can talk about the opportunity for you to do that in Cuba too!
People-to-People Hotel/Tour Packages with or without Airline Tickets:
4 Night Taste of Cuba Escorted Tours from $1899pp (Airfare is additional) : Specific Tour Dates range: March thru July 2017
You will experience Cuba through cultural immersion and opportunities to engage with locals to learn about their lives and experiences. Meet with Cuban artists, students, children and seniors in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of what it really means to be Cuban. Experience life the way they do, and open yourself up to a culture that has remained largely cordoned off from American travelers until now. These tours are led by experienced, local guides who, like the drivers, are bilingual. You will take a journey through Old Havana with a small group (no more than thirty) to visit a place largely frozen in time. Much of Havana’s history has been preserved, allowing Old Havana and its fortifications to be named as a UNESCO World Heritage site. For more tour information: Visit Vacation Express
4 to 11-Days: Weekly Escorted Tours from $1199pp (Airfare is additional) :
This selection of premium tours are for you to witness the island’s stunning natural beauty and the genuine warmth of its people. Come discover Cuba’s pivotal history, dramatic architecture, and captivating culture. Revel in its ubiquitous pulsating music, dance and rum. Enjoy the safest most welcoming country in the Americas comfortably and hassle-free. For more tour information: Visit OurCuba
In an effort to NOT make this post the longest ever, we have noted just a few travel companies we are affiliated with since we have several other Travel Partners who are also offering Cuba Tour packages. Your choices are many as the list of tour companies being approved to offer Cuba Travel continues to grow. Also on our premium list of partners who are now offering Cuba Travel bookings:
Fathom: Impact Travel 7-Day Cruises (Volunteer) to Cuba from Miami : Rates From $1399pp which includes:
- 3 1/2 days of shore excursions, including stops in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos.
- Shipboard travel between ports, so you can spend your travel time relaxing by the pool, not sitting on a bus.
- Three meals a day, including all lunches onshore.
- 7 nights in a comfortable cabin aboard the MV Adonia, so you only have to unpack once.
Celestyal Cruises: 7-Day Cruises sailing on the Celestyal Crystal ship that depart every Monday from Havana, Cuba and every Friday from Montego Bay, Jamaica! Rates start from around $1500pp which includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in the selected cabin category
- Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks every day
- Fitness center
- Fully supervised children’s program for ages 4-12
- Daily entertainment program
- Evening entertainment and theme nights
- Your very own Cuba with People-to-People Excursions available!
Preparing for travel to Cuba is an educational experience in itself. Laws, Regulations and specific Government guidelines MUST be followed to the letter and adhered to.
Although “tourist” activities remain prohibited by statute, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel. Individuals who meet the regulatory conditions of the general license they seek to travel under do not need to apply for an additional license from OFAC to travel to Cuba. The 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are:
- Family visits;
- Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations;
- Journalistic activity;
- Professional research and professional meetings;
- Educational activities, including “people-to-people” exchanges;
- Religious activities;
- Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions;
- Support for the Cuban people;
- Humanitarian projects;
- Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes;
- Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials;
- Certain authorized export transactions.
**U.S. visitors are required to engage in full-time itinerary activities related to the above categories of travel.
**Purely touristic travel such as relaxation stays at all-inclusive beach resorts is prohibited in Cuba.
**American residents and citizens require a valid passport, a Cuban visitors visa (Cuban tourist card), and mandatory Cuban medical insurance to enter Cuba. In most cases, health or travel insurance policies issued in the United States are not accepted at medical facilities in Cuba, so the airlines have included Cuban health insurance ($25 per person) in the total cost of your ticket. Cuban health insurance is provided by ESICUBA and is valid for 30 days. If you are staying in Cuba beyond 30 days, you’ll need to purchase additional insurance to cover the remainder of your stay.
Contact us for reservations assistance and more information for travel to Cuba.
If you have a valid Cuban passport, or if your passport reflects that you were born in Cuba, please review the Cuban Consulate website for details on the additional documents you must hold in addition to your passport. Please note it may take several weeks to obtain all the necessary documents from the Cuban Consulate. All other travelers will need to obtain a Cuban entry permit (tourist card) or Cuban visa before travel. You must also have a valid passport and two blank pages for entry and exit stamps.
Cuban entry permit or tourist card
Most Americans traveling under a general license will only need a Cuban entry permit/tourist card, available for purchase at the airport, prior to departure of your flight to Cuba. There will be Cuba Travel representatives in the check-in and in the gate area to assist you with these transactions. You will need your passport, boarding pass and a major credit card to make your purchase. A Cuban entry permit costs $50 USD per person and is not included in the price of your airline ticket. The entry permit is valid for a single entry and allows the holder to stay in Cuba for up to 30 days.
Cuban visa issued by the Consulate
If the reason for your travel isn’t covered by a Cuban entry permit, you will need a visa issued by the Cuban Consulate in Washington, D.C. Please visit the Embassy of Cuba in USA website for more information.
Please contact the Cuban Consulate in Washington, D.C., well in advance of your flight if you have questions determining which type of visa you will need for your travel.
U.S Department of State: Passport Information
Cuban Embassy, U.S. Office: Visa Information
The Tourist Visa or Tourist Card is only for purposes of tourism to Cuba. It is valid for one single entrance into national territory for a 30-day trip and can be extended for an additional 30 days at the office in the hotel where one has accommodations or with the immigration authority.
Minors must have their own Tourist Card even if they are travelling under their parents’ passport(s).
To obtain this visa in person at the Consulate, these documents are needed:
-Plane Ticket with entry and return dates
-Payment of the Consular fee for this service
These documents are needed to obtain this visa by mail:
-Legible photocopy of valid Passport
-Legible photocopy of plane ticket with entry and return dates
– Payment of the Consular fee for this service
-Stamped self-addressed envelope for the visa to be sent back
NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third-party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service.
All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque. All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.
You can receive your visa in the mail (it may take up to four weeks), or you can arrange to pick it up at the U.S. airport from which you’re departing.
Obtaining your Visa Tourist Card for Cuba can also be obtained online:
Visa Cuba – GREEN Tourist Cards (UK-based) – make sure Airline accepts this before applying here.
Contact us for travel to Cuba reservations assistance and additional information.
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