Havana Jose Marti Airport Review | Edward Keene

Flying with Air France to Paris and on to Birmingham, economy class. There was unusually no queue for check-in at Havana, and my Air france Frequent Flyer card was processed. The CUC25 departure tax is payable in cash at this stage at a separate counter. Passport control was the usual thorough process, enlivened somewhat by the passage through of the Cuban national baseball team en route to Mexico; they were being photographed with and signing autographs for the Cuban travellers who were going abroad! Customs checks were cursory, but security checks thorough, before entry into the large departure lounge. A limited range of shops is available; avoid purchasing alcohol at this point, unless you want to see it confiscated in Paris! All purchases in this area have to be made in CUC convertible pesos, so keep some for this purpose if required. Seating is basic, but was uncrowded during my visit, and the flight left on time for Paris.

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