General Aviation Flight Restrictions to Cuba - Obtaining a Cuba Landing Permit for a Business Jet or Private Jet Trip

Over the past year, the Obama administration has implemented numerous changes that have eased flight restrictions to Cuba. Despite this, there are still a number of restrictions enforced by the US government. Charter (FAR Part 135) and Private (FAR Part 91) operators of N registered aircrafts no longer need to receive an export license such as a BIS or OFAC. Private and Charter are now able to transport passengers without applying for a license. 

General License 

General tourism is still barred by the US government. As a result, Americans applying for a general license to visit Cuba must select one of twelve categories as reasoning for their trip. American passengers are no longer required to be connected to a pre approved tour group and these categories are a result of a decrease in restrictions. 

General licenses for authorized traveled include: (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; and (12) certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines. 

Obtaining a Landing Permit

When planning your general aviation operations, it is recommended that you apply for a landing permit at least 5 working days in advance. The Cuban CCA will need the following documents to create a landing permit: (1) Schedule and flight info; (2) Aircraft certification including airworthiness, noise, registration, and insurance; (3) Crew member medical certificate and licenses; (4) Purpose of flight; (authorized travel above.) Please note that crew members can only stay in Cuba while the aircraft is parked. An aircraft is permitted by the US to stay parked in Cuba for a maximum of 7 days. Contact EVO Jet Services with any questions on Cuba landing and over flight permissions for your executive or private jet operation.   

Authorized Operational Airports 

The Cuba CBP has now made 22 various US airports available to operations for flights to and from Cuba. These airports include: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA; Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, TX; Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, Baltimore, MD; Boston Logan International Airport, Boston, MA Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL; Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, TX; Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, FL; George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, TX; John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, NY; Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA; Key West International Airport, Key West, FL; Miami International Airport, Miami, FL; Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport, New Orleans, LA; Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA; Orlando International Airport, Orlando, FL; Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, FL; Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburg, PA; San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, FL; Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL; Washington Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.


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