The tiny neighbor 100 miles away from the U.S. has lived in a different world for the last 5 decades or so. But now that time is coming to an end, as the Castros are at the end of their reign and the U.S. has decided there is too much political pressure and economic opportunity available there.
Diplomatic relations have come first, with the initial baby steps towards normalcy taken by President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro at a meeting in December of 2014. In spite of this, it’s still very important to know that while many rules and regulations have been relaxed, the Cuban trade embargo is still currently in effect, and the rules of doing business and visiting Havana and Cuba as a whole are still quite murky at best.
Also know that travel to Cuba is restricted, and private jet charter to Havana and elsewhere cannot be for the sake of tourism in no uncertain terms. The ban is strictly enforced if that is shown to be the case, though the list of acceptable travel is wide and varied enough that most people can find a way to qualify for visits. Spend too many hours sunning on the beach or sipping mojitos however, and you could quickly run afoul of U.S. enforcers.
Another major caveat is that “no monies shall flow directly into the government”, but there is so much small industry – small private companies or individuals now allowed by the Cuban government – that you can get by on the island without much other need. Besides, you should be supporting the locals in the first place!
American citizens can travel to Havana and Cuba in general according to the rules of the US Office of Foreign Assets Control. All visits must fall under one of 12 approved categories. They are:
Categories are self-reported, i.e. you need not register these reasons for travel in any official way. Should any official inquire about the reason for your visit however, have readily available information that details its purpose is a very vital step.
Other than travel to the nation, including private jet charter to Havana, there are very few other direct U.S. interests in the country. Embassy re-openings are still in the works, so be prepared. You also need to keep all documents related to your trip—a schedule, a record of appointments, receipts, and so on—for up to five years in case you get audited. Your Priority One Jets travel representative can help with any additional questions you may have.
And on the Cuban side, the government requires that you possess a passport that’s valid for at least six months beyond the dates of travel, proof of health insurance coverage, and a visitor's visa.
Know that Cuba’s infrastructure also lags those of neighboring countries greatly. Its roads, energy grid, and digital network are far behind most countries in the Western Hemisphere, with Internet and cell phone service available in a small minority of places. Business is already starting to boom as more capital is flowing in from foreign investors, more so now that the U.S. has begun to show interest in this particularly unique opportunity of a large, untouched market. But the results of this investment won’t be seen for years.
We offer our clients the highest levels of convenience, flexibility, privacy and luxurious comfort in the jet charter industry. When you charter a jet to Havana, Cuba, Priority One Jets will only use private aircraft and flight crews that meet the industry’s highest standards. We will only work with the most experienced, well-trained pilots who are flying the safest, best-maintained aircraft. Every one of our charters is rated ARG/US or Wyvern-compliant, third-party auditors that represent the highest standards in the jet charter industry. We will also only work with fully Federal Aviation (FAR) Part 135-compliant operators, unlike some of our competition. Our jet charter experts at Priority One Jets will always provide you with the safest and most appropriate aircraft for your travel needs, and at the best available price.
To witness a country in this transition period – a nation which would probably be counted as first world except for the half century embargo – is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The ability to see family and take as many items you would like to them, up to the cargo capacity of the plane, is just one reason why chartering a private jet to Havana is so popular.
Priority One Jets specializes in arranging private jet charters to Havana and all other destinations, domestic and international. Give us a call at 888-671-5387 to assist you in choosing the prefect plane for your upcoming trip, and to provide you with jet charter rates to Cuba for your next flight. Our private aviation experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you, and can arrange your next flight with as little as four hours’ notice.
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