Arranging Private Jet Charters to Cuba? What You Need to Know
You probably heard earlier this year that the U.S. government eased travel restrictions that previously prohibited American citizens from visiting Cuba. Now that the long-standing political turmoil between the two countries is on the mend, many residents are wondering whether it’s possible to book private jet charters to Cuba.
Well, there’s good news and some not-so-good news. Yes, it’s possible to arrange private planes to Havana; however, Americans need a valid reason to visit the tropical Caribbean island nation. And tourism is not one of them (yet).
To be more specific, that reason needs to include more than simply soaking up the sunshine on a white sandy beach.
According to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), an arm of the US Treasury Department, there are 12 permissible reasons US citizens can visit Cuba. Some examples include:
- Family visits
- Professional research
- Educational activities
- Public performances, clinics, athletic competitions
- Humanitarian projects
As you can see, sipping mojitos by the poolside bar didn’t make the list.
Staying on the Right Side of the Law
Some travelers might think they can circumvent the rules by concocting a false pretense for booking private jet charters to Cuba. That would be a major no-no.
Not only do American visitors to Cuba need to provide a valid reason for going, they have to support it with documentation such as:
- Proposed schedule
- Record of appointments and interviews
- Travel receipts (hotels, transportation etc.)
OFAC requires you to keep these documents for five years.
To make it legally binding, you are required to sign an affidavit verifying the legitimacy of your travel plans. If that wasn’t enough, you must provide a point of contact or sponsor information within Cuba. This person must be able to verify with the Cuban Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) the purpose of your visit as specified in the affidavit.
Other Documentation to Bring
Similar to travelling to other international destinations, American citizens should bring:
- Valid passport
- Proof of health insurance coverage
- Visitors Visa
Visas applications can be filled out when you book your private jet charters to Cuba. In some instances, they can be obtained at José Martí International Airport (FAA ID: MUHA), however, planning ahead is always best.
Any evidence you can supply that supports your reason for being in Cuba—such as proof of collaboration between yourself and your local sponsor—would be worth bringing.
Bringing Family Members on Private Jet Charters to Cuba
If you’re travelling to Cuba on official business, you might think it’s OK if your hubby comes along to get in some companionship and a little fun in the sun. This practice is frowned upon by the US Treasury Department, so unless your family members have a legitimate reason to be there as well, it might be best for you to go alone.
To learn more about flying abroad on private jets, read our post: Why Choose a Charter Plane for International Travel?
Are you looking to arrange private jet charters to Cuba? Speak to a Stratos Jets air charter associate to learn which restrictions are in still place for American travelers—(888) 593-9066 (toll free) or request a quote online.