Now that the U.S. has announced that it will be opening up its doors to Cuba after 50 years, the small island should move up on your list to visit. Even though the travel restrictions to Cuba are more relaxed, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be as easy as getting on a flight and heading off to Havana – yet. There are a few things you’ll want to know before traveling to the Pearl of the Antilles.

Who can go?

Although travel restrictions have been lessened to Cuba, they still exist for the regular tourist. Travel to Cuba is only permitted under specific conditions: academic purposes, close relatives of Cubans, people traveling on official government business, humanitarian or religious missions, and journalists.

What you can bring back?

You’ll now be able to bring home with you those coveted Cuban cigars and rum. You’re able to bring back up to $100 worth of cigars and rum and a total value of $400 on all goods.

Cuban cigars

How much can you spend there?

Unlike previous years, when you were limited to only spend $188 a day, you are free to spend whatever amount you would like during your travels. You’ll soon be able to use American issued credit and debit cards but it is advised to bring cash you with too.


How can you get there?

Although commercial flights aren’t being offered to travelers at this time, American Airlines, JetBlue and Sun Country are offering chartered flights to Cuba. Several major U.S. carriers have also expressed interest in being able to fly directly in the future, as well.

Is Cuba on your must-travel-to list?