There was a time when travel to Cuba was not restricted however, for years, travel to Cuba for American’s has been limited to travel for very limited reasons. Today, an announcement has been made regarding travel to Cuba for U.S. Citizens allowing much less restrictive rules. Island Trader Vacations invites you to learn more about these changes and what they mean for you.
Cuba is a country located just 90 miles off the coast of Florida. An authoritarian state, Cuban citizens enjoy only limited rights. So what makes Cuba so amazing? A beautiful country, Cuba is known for its stunning beaches, its vast natural areas and for many, its cigars and its rum. Cuba has a long and diverse history. Halfway between the U.S. and Latin America, Cuba was once a Spanish Colony. Today, Cuba is a communist controlled country but despite this fact, the country remains diverse and rich in history and tradition. Although the majority of Cuba’s citizens are poor, Cuba has many amazing things to see and do despite its difficult exterior. From beaches to mountains to historic sites, beautiful neighborhoods and stunning diversity, there are thousands of beautiful attractions, destinations and sites to explore.
An embargo put in place in the 1960’s has kept mainstream tourists from visiting Cuba for many years. Further, those American’s who have been allowed travel into the country have been subject to surveillance, limited freedoms and were unable to use U.S. credit cards or U.S. money. The new changes which are going into effect will not only permit much more visitation from the U.S. but in addition, U.S. citizens will be allowed to use credit cards and even take home a limited amount of alcohol and tobacco and other goods.
While “average tourism” is still restricted from Cuba, the new rules allow travel for those who fit into 12 specific categories including: families; employees on official business for U.S. and foreign governments; journalists; professional researchers and educators; exporters and importers; and individuals involved with religious activities, public performers, humanitarian work or athletic competition.
It is important to note that according to the Treasury Department, violating these conditions can result in penalties, so unless you fit into one of these categories, you will still have to wait to find out what you have been missing.
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