How to Travel From Colombia to Cuba

How to Travel From Colombia to Cuba
If you are in Colombia and want to travel to Cuba, there is only one method of travel. Flying into Cuba is the only way to reach the country from Colombia as no boats make the trek. Fortunately, there is more than one airline that offers flights from Colombia to Cuba. Typically the airline will take care of your tourist visa; if not, you can get one upon arrival in Havana.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Passport Return ticket Tourist visa
  • Passport
  • Return ticket
  • Tourist visa
Step 1
Travel to Bogotá if you are in another area of Colombia. The Bogotá Airport, Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado, is the airport in Colombia where flights to Cuba depart. The airport is located at the end of Av. El Dorado just 15 kilometers west of downtown Bogotá.
Step 2
Select an airline. Three airlines fly from Bogotá to Cuba. They are Cubana, Copa and LAN Airlines. Each of the airlines fly into Havana. Each airline has a website for booking flights, but if you are trying to book a flight while in the United States, you may have some difficulties. If that is the case, you will have to call the airline directly or use a travel agent of your choice. LAN can be reached at (866) 435-9526. Copa's phone number is (800) 359-2672. Cubana does not have an office in the United States, but its Canadian office can be reached at (800) 361-8184. When you book your airline ticket, inquire to see if the airline issues a tourist visa with the ticket.
Step 3
Bring a valid passport and return airline ticket with you to enter Cuba. If you have an American passport, you can request that customs in Cuba not stamp your passport. This is common practice at customs. You will also need to have a return ticket showing that you are leaving the country. At customs you will need to pay for a tourist visa if your ticketing airline did not give you one. The cost of the visa ranges from CUC$25 and CUC$35 in 2009. Typically a tourist visa is good for up to 90 days, but if it is issued on the spot by customs, it may only be issued for a period of 30 days. A tourist visa can be extended by visiting the Havana Immigration Office on Calle 20 between Avenidas 3 and 5 in Miramar. The fee to extended the tourist visa is CUC$25 in 2009.

Article Written By Jamie Lisse

Jamie Lisse has been writing professionally since 1997. She has published works with a number of online and print publishers. Her areas of expertise include finance and accounting, travel, entertainment, digital media and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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