Here’s the first thing you should know before planning a trip to Cuba…it is not Americanized! So stop trying to make it that way! You’re going to another country for a reason which is most likely to experience a different type of people and culture. Whew! Now that I’ve gotten that out the way…let’s get right to it!
Why Cuba and When?
The question should be why not Cuba. Since travel has opened back up to Cuba from the U.S. (thanks to President Obama) it has become a point of interest for many travelers including myself. After seeing all of the beautiful pictures surfacing the web of travelers in Cuba, my home girl and I thought it was important to take the trip and join in on the hype before it gets too late!
We went to Cuba June 20, 2017 – June 23, 2017 and I booked my roundtrip flight (with layovers both ways in Ft. Lauderdale, FL) through Southwest Airlines from BWI for $339.16 on May 15, 2017. Included in the airfare price along with all the other Customs and Immigration Naturalization fees is the Cuba Health Insurance Fee of $25.00. The Cuban Government requires all passengers travelling from the U.S. to Cuba to have Cuban health insurance. There’s no way around it!
You will also have to purchase a VISA for $50 to get into the country. Yes, you need a passport and a VISA to get to Cuba. I purchased my VISA online about 5 days prior to going on my trip. I picked up the VISA and filled it out when I got to the airport in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. You cannot use the VISA if you make a mistake so please be careful when filling it out! Click here to purchase your VISA.
You can get into Cuba for one of the following 12 reasons:
Official business of the U.S. Government, foreign governments etc.
Professional research or meetings
Educational activities and exchanges
Public performance, clinics, workshops etc.
Support for the Cuban people