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    Question for Canadians (or other non-US citizens)

    Canadians --
    If you were to travel to Cuba what airlines service the island -- I know that Mexicana goes there (as does Air Canada although they would not sell me a ticket even if I bought it outside of the US nor will they tell me from which cities they fly). I have a license from the US Treasury Dept. that will authorize me to visit Cuba and a 32 page list of agencies authorized to sell me tickets and yet most of the ones I have called do not offer that service -- so I was wonder what airlines flew there (maybe through the Carribean Islands). ANd if I had any other options -- you can not look this information up on the web as it is blocked to US citizens.

    TIA

    jasmine

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    I don't have an answer but am curious as to why you are going there? If it's too personal, just forget I asked.

    I do have an aquaintance who went there (last summer I think). If I can get in touch with her, I will ask her. Also, I think sassafras traveled there a few years ago.

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    My sister (U.S. citizen) went to Cuba about two years ago on some sort of educational tour. Not sure what airline she flew, but I'm pretty sure she went through Jamaica.

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    My father was a diplomat posted there when I was in High School/College.


    You can go through Canada, but I always flew threw Cancun. Not a good connection though. You arrive in Cancun about 11, flight to Cuba leaves somewhere between 6 pm and midnight. Don't remember airline, but that's the way I used to go multiple trips over multiple years. (approx '96-'98 years ago - yes, i'm young )

    PM me with any other questions... I'm happy to answer, and to hear where you're going.

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    I have friends who work for the state department there. They are stationed in Havana (although the US doesn't maintain an embassy there they have a small corner of the Swiss Embassy). Becuase I am visiting US citizens who work for the US government there I can go legally (with visa and treasury license) and I would like to see it before it becomes overly commercialized and to see my friends who I haven't seen in two years -- and it seems as good a place as any to get a little spring sun but the US government has sure made it hard to make travel arrangements as an individual -- they publish a charter schedule but can't understand why you might need a copy of the April schedule before April -- and the phone number for the charter I would need (a different one flies each day of the week) is a disconnected number on the March schedule -- plus making all these long distance calls from work is quite a challenge so I was looking at options besides the Miami charters [my gosh is all one sentence -- I think I have lost my skills of punctuations with this exercise in frustration]

    The biggest problem was the Cuban Embassy decided to hold up my visa in "retaliation" and this has all become rather last minute and I am usually a preplanner and that is just driving me crazy (plus it is expensive). I did find a trip through Cancun but they can't get me back to the US without spending a night in Cancun (which I would rather avoid because it either shortens my time in Cuba or makes me late getting back for work)

    j

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    That was my dad - working for US State Dept there.

    I hope it all works out... but I'm not surprised to hear of the frustrations you're having. I could tell you some stories ... but I won't. I'll just say that you'll have a wonderful time. Its such a beautiful country....

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    I can't say how, but flying through Canada can give you some really amazing rates that include resort stays.
    “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”

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    Hi there,

    I was in Cuba in 1995 and I hear that it has already changed immensely since then. I remember meeting one American while we were there. It was Super Bowl weekend and a bunch of us were sitting around listening to the game on the radio. The only football they had on their tv station was soccer.

    I checked out some of the charter flights from Canada to Cuba and it looks like Air Transat and Skyservice both fly there. Normally you would book them through a tour operator and there are quite a few different ones.

    Can you see this site? Cuba

    I'll see what else I can find...
    "Auntie, you are a good cooker." ~ My nephew, age 5

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    I found this site http://www.cubalinda.com/English/Tra...on/Flights.asp

    would this work? Oops...Oceanjasper I see you found it too.
    Maureen

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    I hate it when I close the browser by mistake! Here is a site that lists a lot of flights into Cuba...

    Air Service to Cuba

    Hope that gives you some more ideas!
    "Auntie, you are a good cooker." ~ My nephew, age 5

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