If Cuba is on your to do list, there is no better time than now to head over for a visit. We flew with Avianca to Havana via San Salvador from Mexico City. Flights were cheap at $1080 for three people return. This is set to change dramatically as America starts to lift the embargo placed on Cuba more than 50 years ago.
Before boarding the plane to Cuba, check with your airline about purchasing the necessary tourist card. Avianca had a desk set up at the terminal gate in San Salvador. The tourist card is valid for 30 days from point of first entry and costs USD $25.00 per person.
On entry you may also be required to show evidence of health insurance and the address of your intended accommodation before being granted approval to enter. It is important to note that Cuban officials will not accept any health insurance issued by an American affiliated insurance company. This is also the same for bank cards when attempting to make purchases or withdraw money from a Cuban bank.
There is also an exit fee of CUC $25.00 per person that you pay at the airport when you are leaving and on presentation of your boarding pass.
As you will be entering Mexico by air, the airline will require evidence of onwards travel prior to issuing your boarding pass. Again, as we are travelling overland, we didn’t have this information so an Avianca employee graciously allowed us to use her computer to book a bus / plane ticket.
Due to poor internet, we were actually unable to make a booking so they allowed us to board the plane anyway. When we arrived in Mexico City, we went through immigration with no dramas. No one asked when we were intending to leave, we got our stamps and went on our way.
We were granted a 180 day visa on arrival in Mexico, which is the standard for tourists to the country.
To read more about our adventures in Cuba, check out our blog post; http://www.globalrunaways.com/runaway-to/cuba-libre-havana
The information on this page is solely based on our personal experiences during International Border Crossings, most of which have been overland. We highly recommend checking all advice against the respective countries own immigration website for up to date information.