Travel to Cuba from the USA
Travel to Cuba from the United states is still authorized under 11 categories of authorized travel and require no license. However, you must comply with the requirements of the category you choose. These categories 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;
– 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 information materials; and certain authorized export transactions.
Before you board your flight in the USA to Cuba, the airline will give you a form so that you can choose under which general license you are traveling. It is as simple as ticking the option.
Havana Journeys organizes private tours that comply with the general license “Support for the Cuban People” aimed at having meaningful interactions with the Cuban People. We will provide an itinerary with the guests´ names.
In order to comply with this general license, every guest must undertake independent activities supporting the private sector such as private tours in classic cars, eating are privately owned restaurants known as Paladares in Cuba, drinking at private bars, staying at Airbnbs or Casas Particulares.
You will be asked to keep record of your activities. Proof could be itinerary provided by Havana Journeys or itinerary made by yourself, receipts from private restaurants and bars, etc.
There is a brief description of prices for each tour at the tour section of this website. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org informing us how many people will be taking the tour and when and we will quote the service based on the number of people and the tour you choose.
We will then provide you a total price based on the number of people and the tour you choose.
The Havana tour lasts 6 hours. We are flexible about the starting time for the Havana tour. Usually most guests start at 9am but we can start at any time you wish. We will extend the tour for 6 hours from the time it starts.
Our itinerary from Havana covers the 4 main neighborhoods of Havana: Old Havana, Centro Habana, Vedado and Miramar.
The Havana tour from Varadero starts at 8am. Pick-up is at the hotel or Airbnb. The tour ends at 4pm in Havana and then we start driving back to Varadero.
The Viñales tour starts at 7:30am in Havana. This tour is only offered from Havana. Ride distance between Havana and Viñales is around 3 hours in each direction.
The tour ends at 15:30 in Viñales and we then start driving back to Havana. Arrival should be between 6 and 6:30pm.
The end of the tour in Viñales at 15:30 is very strict. It is for your own security as the roads in Cuba are not in good condition and it is common to find lose animals on the road such as horses and cows. We do NOT drive at night. We leave at this time to make sure we drive back to Havana during daylight.
You can add additional hours to the Havana tour. If you wish to stay with us more than 6 hours, please let us know and we will accommodate. The cost for every extra hour is 25 cuc per vehicle and NOT per person.
We CANNOT extend the Viñales tour or the Matanzas tour.