Travel site that allows payments
CheapAir, the first mainstream online travel agency to offer customers the option to pay in bitcoin, litecoin and dogecoin, is now first U.S. company to provide its customers the opportunity to fly to Cuba.
Although recent changes have lifted many travel restrictions to Cuba, there are still limitations.
CheapAir’s website reads:
“U.S. citizens and residents are only permitted to travel to Cuba for one of 12 authorized reasons. They are:
- family visits
- official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
- journalistic activity
- professional research and professional meetings
- educational activities
- religious activities
- public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
- support for the Cuban people
- humanitarian projects
- activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
- exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
- certain authorized export transactions
You can book your flight on CheapAir.com and, before you complete your purchase, we’ll ask you to specify which of the 12 reasons applies.”
Direct flights between the United States and Cuba still aren’t legal, so flying to Cuba requires a connecting flight to a third country.
The CheapAir website says it offers flights to Cuba through Mexico. Though the traveler would have to buy a flight from the United States to Mexico, then buy a separate flight from Mexico to Cuba, CheapAir packages the flights for the traveler.
Additionally, traveling to Cuba does require a visa, but acquiring one is a simple process. It costs the equivalent of $25-$30 USD (0.08791- 0.1053 bitcoin as of 3/3/15). They’re available at any gateway airports that offer flights to Cuba.
Don’t expect to easily use your bitcoin in Cuba, though, as there isn’t even infrastructure yet in place for the use of foreign credit cards.
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