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US and Cuba to sign pact to restore commercial flights - February 16, 2016, 01:54 PM

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US and Cuba to sign pact to restore commercial flights | MSNBC

Top U.S. officials will travel to Havana on Tuesday to sign an aviation pact that restores scheduled airline service between the United States and Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, the U.S. Transportation Department said.

The signing brings into effect an arrangement the Cold War foes agreed to in December. U.S. airlines still must apply for permission from U.S. regulators to fly specific routes before they sell tickets to Cuba.
While charter flights already connect the countries, the accord is expected to increase tourism and business on the communist-ruled island.


U.S. airlines will have 15 days starting Tuesday to submit route applications to the U.S. Transportation Department, its Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs Brandon Belford told reporters.


He said the U.S. agency will spend about a month collecting information from the airlines and others interested parties to help assess the applications, and it expects to decide in the summer which airlines are flying from which cities to Havana.


The arrangement allows only 20 round-trip flights per day between the United States and Havana. The arrangement also allows 10 daily round-trips to nine other international airports in Cuba.


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I wouldn't be on the first several flights back...that is for sure.
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why? I go to cuba a few times a year..


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How are you getting there? Via large commercial carriers?
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why? I go to cuba a few times a year..
Whats the best way to do so?

// I thought about flying into mexico then from there to Cuba back before all of this but wasn't sure if I would need a clearance later in life so I did not... but now....


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Hop on a raft from the Florida Keys and paddle.

If when you get off, the people who meet you are black and brown skinned, don't be alarmed. So long as they're speaking Spanish, you're OK. You've reached Cuba. At worst maybe the Dominican Republic.

But if they're speaking French'ish, you've gone too far and ended up in Haiti That place is sh*thole.



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// I thought about flying into mexico then from there to Cuba back before all of this but wasn't sure if I would need a clearance later in life so I did not... but now....
I go whichever is cheapest.. being Cuban I can easily get a family visa and travel directly from Miami to Cuba.. American Airlines has had charters for years. Gulfstream is another smaller charter that flies daily to Cuba form miami. For Americans with no ties to Cuba it's totally different. you would need an particular reason for a legal visit, ie education, science, blah blah.. you can go through mexico, bahamas, jamaica, canada no problem.. it's like a $50 visa or something via those routes.

My Advice to anyone that wants to see the REAL Cuba is go as soon as you can. It's going to be a very different place sooner than later. It's already been changing at a rapid place. Everything starting to get a facelift. On the plus side it's about to become the wild vegas of the Caribbean as it once was. I've got my retirement home already


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If when you get off, the people who meet you are black and brown skinned, don't be alarmed. So long as they're speaking Spanish, you're OK. You've reached Cuba. At worst maybe the Dominican Republic.

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I go whichever is cheapest.. being Cuban I can easily get a family visa and travel directly from Miami to Cuba.. American Airlines has had charters for years. Gulfstream is another smaller charter that flies daily to Cuba form miami. For Americans with no ties to Cuba it's totally different. you would need an particular reason for a legal visit, ie education, science, blah blah.. you can go through mexico, bahamas, jamaica, canada no problem.. it's like a $50 visa or something via those routes.

My Advice to anyone that wants to see the REAL Cuba is go as soon as you can. It's going to be a very different place sooner than later. It's already been changing at a rapid place. Everything starting to get a facelift. On the plus side it's about to become the wild vegas of the Caribbean as it once was. I've got my retirement home already
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You'd be surprised man. Shit is expensive right now. the real estate market was non existent in Cuba until not too long ago where they opened it up for citizens to even buy property. People had got around that forever by just "trading" properties since you weren't allowed to buy or sell. I don't ever see them allowing non citizens purchase property.


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I heard there was something where you can buy a property if a non citizen has already owned it before or something.
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