FAQs for Corporate Travelers
Yes, there are several options for accommodations, including five-star hotels, private villas, and yachts. Once we understand your expectations and budget, we will be able to recommend the best accommodation options for you.
Yes, it is still legal for a US company to have a company trip or event in Cuba.
Under the Trump Administration, there remain 12 categories under which Americans are authorized to travel to Cuba. Depending on the nature of the event, Havana Strategies will select the appropriate travel category and design the program accordingly. A common travel category is people-to-people educational travel CFR 515.565(b).
Havana Strategies has years of experience with U.S. travel to Cuba and works with clients to ensure full compliance.
There is no minimum or maximum to our group sizes. We scale to your size. Our clients range from small groups to large-scale events and trips of 500+ participants.
Yes, Cuba is a very safe country, where you will often see young children and the elderly all spending time together outdoors late into the night.
Many visitors like to come to Cuba between November and April, when the weather is a temperate 75-85F, sunny, and dry. Other travelers prefer May through October, when temperatures will be slightly higher, but crowds smaller and prices lower.
With over a decade of experience in travel, policy advocacy, and philanthropy through our sister company Cuba Educational Travel, Havana Strategies has rich relationships with the cultural leaders and innovators shaping Cuba, as well as a deep understanding of the local operating environment and an extensive network. We bring this experience, knowledge, and relationships to designing and delivering your unforgettable experience.
In addition, we are experts in ensuring compliance with all U.S. and Cuban regulations.
FAQs for Businesses
- Unofficial Exploratory Visit: This is a recommended first step in terms of exploring opportunities and gaining a better sense of the economy, market conditions, labor markets, infrastructure, etc. A typical agenda would include meetings with economists, technical specialists, entrepreneurs and other relevant experts in order to provide insight into the context and operating environment in Cuba. Unofficial visits typically do not include government meetings (i.e. Ministries and State-Owned Enterprises). No government approvals are required so there is significant flexibility in the timing of the visit.
- Official Exploratory Visit: Organized directly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba (MINREX), official visits include meetings with Ministries and State-Owned Enterprises. This allows for discussions with Cuban government officials and discussions about potential business proposals. If committed to entering the Cuban market, this is a recommended second step to discuss the details of potential projects. Official visits involve submitting a proposal to the Cuban government and require approval of both the content and the timing of the visits
- Engagement Trip: Organized directly with the Ministries and State-Owned Enterprises involved in the proposed project, engagement trips are specifically intended to discuss the details of a pending proposal and/or enter into negotiations. The trip details and timing are directly coordinated with the Cuban counterparts involved in the project.
An “official” trip is one organized directly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba (MINREX), in which they approve the objectives and timing of the visit and coordinate meetings with Ministries and State-Owned Enterprises. This requires submitting a proposal to MINREX at least 90 days prior to the desired dates of travel. Once approved, an official visit guarantees access to Ministries and other government entities, which are combined with important non-government meetings (academics, private entrepreneurs, and U.S. and European diplomats). An “unofficial” trip is organized independent of the Cuban government and often does not include government meetings (i.e. Ministries and State-Owned Enterprises). Unofficial trips feature interactions with non-government entities and provide important insight into the economic context and operating environment in Cuba.
Firms need a business visa to actually negotiate business dealings with Cuban counterparts. However, during preliminary, exploratory visits it is likely that firms can identify opportunities and measure reciprocal interest. They would then submit an official proposal and follow-up visits would be conducted with business visas to allow for deal negotiation.
There are no restrictions on the U.S. or Cuban side in terms of where U.S. travelers enter. From the U.S., there are daily flights from Miami, as well as several flights a week from New York and Tampa. There are also a number of daily flights from Cancun, Grand Cayman, Mexico City, Montreal, Nassau, Panama City and Toronto. It is legal to enter by boat, although additional permissions are required.
Havana Strategies handles all the logistics of travel to and from Cuba. This includes: visas, flights, hotels, ground transportation, meetings, meals, guides, cultural activities, etc.
The type of visa will depend on the objectives of the trip. For a first trip, participants will likely travel on tourist visas that permit exchange and dialogue with government and non-government individuals and entities in Cuba. Once in the negotiating stages, the delegation will travel on business visas that facilitate negotiating and signing agreements.
You will be accompanied by a Havana Strategies expert, a bilingual Cuban guide, and a professional driver. Your customized program will feature interactions with a range of experts as well as potential collaborators. The trip will also include site visits designed to provide a sense of market conditions, challenges and opportunities. Cuba is overwhelmed by a rush of U.S. travel and business interest, so please remember patience and flexibility are key.
Havana Strategies has a deep understanding of the Cuban economy, local operating environment, and Cuban government. This understanding, combined with an extensive network of contacts, enables Havana Strategies to develop and execute trips in line with our client’s objectives.
Havana Strategies has years of experience managing travel for U.S. clients to Cuba and are experts in ensuring compliance with all U.S. and Cuban regulations. Of equal importance, Havana Strategies is experienced in overcoming the various challenges that inevitably arise while traveling in Cuba, and are able to provide clients with a seamless experience.
Yes. It is now legal (and quite easy) to charter private aircraft to and from Cuba. Havana Strategies has relationships with operators experienced in flying in/out of Cuba. We can also assist with the required documentation and permits for operators flying to Cuba for the first time.
“What is a million dollars worth compared to the love of eight million Cubans?” — re: an invitation to fight Muhammad Ali in America
Teófilo Stevenson, 3-time Olympic Gold Winning Cuban Boxer
“There is something young happening here.” — re: the 500,000 Cubans who turned up for the historic Major Lazer concert
DJ Walshy Fire, Major Lazer