Flying from the U.S. to Cuba Just Got Easier

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In the past, if Americans wanted to fly directly from the United States to Cuba, they had to take charter flights, which can be pretty inconvenient. But the U.S. and Cuban governments just announced that they’re reinstating commercial flights between the two countries.

It’s the latest step in a broader effort to normalize relations between the two countries, and U.S. airline companies are applauding the move.

“New York-based JetBlue, which has been operating charter flights to Cuba from New York, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa since 2011, said its officials will soon submit an application for the new routes established by the new agreement,” reports USA Today.

Scott Laurence, senior vice president of airline planning for JetBlue, said in a statement that interest in Cuba has reached levels “not seen for a generation.” He added that Jet Blue will work to understand exactly how it can expand from offering charter flights to regularly scheduled service.

Despite the commercial flight agreement, U.S. law still prevents Americans from traveling to Cuba purely as tourists. For Americans to visit Cuba, they have to go for one of the following reasons:

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.

Click here to read our previous story, “Expert Tips on Traveling in Cuba”

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