Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Santiago de Cuba along with the rest of Cuba. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Cuba has suspended all flights into the country, except for humanitarian aid flights. Charter flights to Cayo Coco (CCC), Cayo Largo del Sur (CYO) and Santa Clara (SNU) are expected to restart from July 1. Travelers on these flights will be tested on arrival (a ‘PCR’ swab and a temperature test) and will be transferred directly to their resorts. Anyone that has a positive test result will be transferred to a hospital. Other flights are not expecting to restart until at least July 31.. If you are looking to book a trip to Santiago de Cuba and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.
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Flights to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba from the United States range from about 1.5h-18h. The precise length of your flight will depend on several factors, namely your departure city as well as the number and length of any stopovers. If you’re departing from cities in Florida, your flight time will likely be on the shorter end of the spectrum due to the likelihood of a direct flight. From other parts of the country, you’ll likely have at least one stopover on the way to Santiago de Cuba, putting your flight time to at least several hours or even as long as the further end of the range.
American Airlines services daily direct flights to Santiago de Cuba from Miami, while JetBlue provides daily direct flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood. Unless you’re departing from these cities, your flight time will be affected by stopovers. If you’re not departing from Miami or Fort Lauderdale initially, you can expect to make stopovers here, as well as possibly in Boston and Charlotte en route to Santiago de Cuba, which are common stopover cities for these flights.
When your destination is Santiago de Cuba, you’ll fly into the nearest international airport that services flights from the U.S., which is Frank Pais International Airport (HOG) in Holguin, about 90 miles northwest of Santiago de Cuba. To reach downtown Santiago de Cuba, you can take a taxi, although this journey will take about two and one-quarter hours, and cost as much as $120. A cheaper option is to take a bus from Holguin after a taxi from the airport to the city, which can take up to four hours and cost a total of $23-$30. A faster and more affordable option is to take a train. You can take a train from the airport to the city of Cacocum and then switch trains to the Santa Clara line to Santiago de Cuba, which will take about three hours and cost about $11-$15.
Santiago de Cuba is the capital of southern Cuba’s Santiago de Cuba province and is well-known for its rich history and stunning architecture. While here, stroll along Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro, a historic fort that offers stunning views of the coastline as well as Sierra Maestra. Dating from 1522, Museo de Ambiente Histórico Cubano is the oldest home still standing in Cuba that houses elegant period furnishings. At Jardín de Los Helechos, you can surround yourself with calming greenery and vibrant flowers for a tranquil afternoon.
United States citizens traveling to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba need a valid passport as well as a Cuban Tourist Card, which is valid for 30 days and renewable.