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What is up with Cuban Travel?
Sadly after two trips to Havana we have temporarily closed
our Cuba programs. A recent announcement from the
Trump administration shut down most
Cuban travel at this point in time. We
feel this decision was a mistake by the
USA as Cuban entrepreneurs were
using the tourism industry to achieve
independence and income in a work
environment. Freedom to travel for
Americans should be a right that our
government supports and open
exchange between close neighbors is
always to our benefit.
In a surprise move, the US Government
ceased all cruise calls on Havana
without notice. People to People
programs have been cancelled and
operators are having problems getting applications for
specific licenses through the US Governmental process.
Under the law, you are still allowed to take a trip if you are
“supporting the Cuban People” and stay in private
accommodations. In theory the US Government has only
closed one of the 12 provisions of the general license but in
practice, we have always erred on the side of safety when it
comes to clients and ambiguity in travel restrictions. We
also are declining to run these programs as Travel Service
Providors under the law have recently received hefty fines
for moving passengers in violation of the embargo. We
will continue to monitor laws and regulations regarding
Cuban travel and go back to the business when the time and
politics are right. In the meantime, enjoy our Cuban blogs
with the sights and sounds of Havana.
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