Flights to Havana Cuba
Havana, Cuba

Flights to Cuba

What you need to know before you travel to Cuba

Alaska Airlines has been approved to offer daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba, with service beginning January 2017.
Our daily nonstop service will originate in Seattle, stopping in Los Angeles before heading to Havana.

FLights to Cuba frequency table
City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Los Angeles-Havana 8:50 am 4:55 pm Daily
Havana-Los Angeles 5:55 pm 8:45 pm Daily

Traveling to Cuba currently involves a bit more advance preparation than many destinations, so we're here to offer some travel tips to make planning easier.

Before you purchase your flight to Cuba, you’ll need to make sure that:

  • You are authorized to travel to Cuba.
  • You have all the necessary travel documentation in order.
  • Your accommodations are booked.
  • Bring enough cash to last through your entire trip.

Are you authorized to travel to Cuba?

Travelling from the US for the purpose of tourism is illegal. The U.S. Treasury Department allows travel to Cuba for the following reasons "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines." :

  1. Family visits.
  2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations.
  3. Journalistic activity.
  4. Professional research and professional meetings.
  5. Educational activities.
  6. Religious activities.
  7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions.
  8. Support for the Cuban people.
  9. Humanitarian projects.
  10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes.
  11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials.
  12. Certain authorized export transactions.

Do you have the documentation required for travel to Cuba?

Make sure you have all the necessary travel documentation before you book your flight. The documents below are required upon arrival in Havana for every person traveling in your party. You can acquire these documents on your own, or with the help of a tour agency specializing in travel to Cuba. Cuba Travel Services "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines." , our preferred partner, may contact you to ensure you are ready for your trip with all required documents.

Complete our Cuba travel affidavit. Fill out and print a copy of our Cuba travel affidavit form, which is needed to declare the official reason for your visit.

Get a visa. You'll need to work with a tour agency like our partner Cuba Travel Services "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines." . (If you are travelling for specialized business reasons, a visa does not apply.)

Have Cuba-specific travel insurance. All visitors are required to have health insurance that is accepted in Cuba. In most cases, health or travel insurance policies issued in the United States are not accepted at medical facilities in Cuba, so Alaska has included Cuban health insurance ($25 per customer) in the total cost of your ticket. Please note that while Alaska Airlines is facilitating the purchase of this required Cuban health insurance, Alaska Airlines bears no liability and all matters regarding the insurance policy's terms and limits, and health care in Cuba, are solely between the traveler and ESICUBA "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines.".

Pack your passport. You’ll need it for both travel and getting your visa; double-check to make sure that it is valid for the entire length of your stay in Cuba.

Have you booked a place to stay in Cuba?

Hotel space in Cuba is limited. We recommend reserving your accommodations using hotel websites, short-term rental services, or Cuba Travel Services "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines."  as soon as you know you want to travel.

More things to consider before you go

Take cash. This is crucial. Be sure to take along enough cash to last through your entire trip and cover all expenses. Most US credit and debit cards do not work in Cuba yet, so without cash, you will be unable to pay for the essentials, including lodging, food and car rentals. Most major hotels have in-room safes so that you can keep your cash secure during your trip.

Enroll in STEP. Before you travel, enroll in STEP "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines."  to register with the nearest Embassy or Consulate to keep informed about travel alerts and warnings.

Expect limited connectivity. Wi-Fi and mobile phone service are limited in Cuba. Read the FCC’s telecommunications FAQ for travelers to Cuba "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines."  to learn more about available connectivity.

Pack carefully. For travel to and from Havana, you’ll be allowed only two pieces of checked baggage. Standard baggage fees apply for bags up to 50 lbs. Overweight bags, from 51-70 lbs only, will be accepted for a fee. View our baggage rules.

Arrive at the airport early. When traveling to Havana, arrive at the airport 3 hours before your flight to check in at a ticket counter, as self-service, web, and mobile check-in are not available for flights to Cuba.

Plan for your pets. Pets are not allowed. Travel with service and emotional support animals is limited to cats and dogs, and requires full Cuban Consulate documentation compliance "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines." .

Be aware of travel limitations. At this time, we are not allowing award travel to Cuba, and all itineraries must include only Alaska Airlines flights.

Not allowed on Cuba flights

  • Unaccompanied minors (under age 18)
  • Firearms
  • Pets

Help planning Cuba travel

Our partner Cuba Travel Services "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines."  is ready to help you navigate the complexities of traveling to Cuba. They can organize specialized Cuban travel packages with authorized travel activities, assist with getting the documents required for travel, and more. Visit their website or call their dedicated toll-free number 1-800-220-0619, or international number 310-750-3946 to get started.

Things to do in Cuba

There are countless aspects of Cuban life to discover, including live music and salsa dancing, gorgeous beaches and sunsets, colorful historic architecture, strolling the Malecón, taking in a baseball game at Estadio Latinoamericano and so much more. The Cuba official tourism website "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines."  offers ideas to help you explore Cuba "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines." .

Disclaimer: Pending government approval.