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How to get to Cuba by Air

There are flights to Cuba’s international airport in Havana from Canada, the Caribbean, South and Central America, from Europe, Mexico and the US. Special restrictions apply if you are travelling from America, mainly because under the 1996 Helms-Burton Act the US prohibits tourist travel to Cuba. Hence only chartered flights operate between the US and Cuba. Cubana Airlines is the national carrier.

The José Martí International airport is 18 km or 11 miles south of Havana. It receives most of the scheduled international flights bound for Cuba. Other airports in Cuba are Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey, Holguin and Varadero. José Martí International has the best facilities; there is a bank, a tourist information booth that does hotel bookings, car hire shops and duty free shops. You can get to Havana from the airport by bus (takes about an hour) and by taxi (in 30 minutes).

How to get to Cuba by Sea

Few cruise ships stop in Cuba purely because of economic pressure. The Helms-Burton Act does not allow any businesses dealing with Cuba to do business in America. (It also prohibits tourist travel to Cuba from the USA.) Private yachts can however, sail down to Cuba after notifying the Cuban port authority. Havana’s Marina Hemingway is a favourite destination.

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