Tuesday, February 3, 2015
How much will it cost to travel from Washington to Cuba?
President Obama announced this month that he would ease the United States’s longtime travel ban to Cuba, making it the easiest it’s been for Americans to travel to the Caribbean nation in more than 50 years. Under the new law, Americans will not need to obtain a government license to fly to Cuba and can make the trip provided they are traveling for professional, government, religious, or other approved reasons. Traveling for purely recreational purposes is still banned.
Last week. travel Web site Kayak.com started postings flights from Washington-area airports to Havana. A person can only book flights through travel agencies licensed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, so you can’t actually book these tickets through the popular travel search engine, but it’s still fun to play around with.
Note: U.S. airlines are still not offering scheduled flights to Cuba and all of the U.S. flights currently listed on Kayak.com to Cuba are routed through another country.
“We have seen significant interest in travel to Cuba,” Steve Hafner, chief executive officer and co-founder of Kayak, said in a statement. “Our goal is to provide comprehensive information for travelers – whether they are planning a trip to Cuba or anywhere else in the world.”
So how much would it cost to get from Dulles to Havana?
If you book a weeklong trip for the end of March, the flights, which make a stop in Panama, would cost $1,296.
Flights for September on Copa Airlines, a Panamanian airline, are listed as only nominally cheaper.
By comparison, there are tickets to the Dominican Republican in March through Kayak available for $551.