CUBA after more than half a century is slowly becoming more accessible for Americans to visit though still quite restricted, somewhat like Russia was back in the 60s-80's.
These "people to people" programs are offered through a growing number of reputable suppliers who have been granted proper licensing by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) allowing US Citizens to visit Cuba legally. These licensed itineraries include a full-time schedule of people-to-people educational/cultural activities designed to result in meaningful interactions between travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in these programs adhere to this full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.
Experience Cuban sights & sounds
Independent leisure travel for Americans is still not allowed inspite of the recent and continuing changes. You are NOT free to sit on the beach soaking up the sun as you would on a typical Caribbean island.
US Citizens are required to sign an affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a People-to-People license or one of the approved travel categories and are aware of the travel rules and participants are required to return a copy of their passport photo page, complete a visa application form and travel reservation forms at the time of booking as provided by each authorized company.
Cuba remains under U.S. sanctioned embargo which is stringently enforced, there are still limitations on what and how much may be brought back to the US. Recent changes may now allow limited purchase of Cuban cigars, rum or coffee, be sure to verify before buying even if the items were purchased at a “duty-free” shop in the Havana Airport, customers come from a multitude of countries, not just the US!
Access pending changes below.
U.S. Departments Of Commerce & Treasury Fact Sheet
U.S Department Of The Treasury FAQ CUBA Questions
CUBA is has not an inexpensive getaway but POPULAR CRUISE LINES have completed redeployed providing affordable itinearies from Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Miami to include this culture filled destination, most offering an overnight in Havana. JUST ANNOUNCED In May of 2018 Norwegian Cruise Line will bring the Norwegian Sun to PORT CANAVERAL to feature 4 night cruises to Key West and Havana!
NEW CRUISES from Florida
CALL me to discuss these legal "people to people" travel opportunities that are available for US Citizens to experience CUBA!
Here is a sampling of some ot the authorized "people to people" tours to get you started.