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American - independent travel to Cuba

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American - independent travel to Cuba

I've read so much but I'm still a little nervous so please inform me on this subject. The obvious is that I know the American laws about visiting and spending US dollars. I've heard that Cuba does not mark your passport, to pay cash for everything in Euros or Canadian and to find a flight from Canada, Mexico, Nassau or other Caribbean location. My concern is about returning to the US as I point out what I've read: the OFAC has not investigated anything like this in years and the worst that will happen if you are overcome with guilt and start blurting where you've been the fine is $250 to $1,000 with no prosecution nor criminal record, kind of like a parking ticket. All responses are welcome but Americans are preferred to tell me of any first hand knowledge and experience.

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1. Re: American - independent travel to Cuba

I'm surprised that no one has stepped up with some advise.

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2. Re: American - independent travel to Cuba

I agree. Some regulars seem to be..... missing.

Boots, you should be aware that over the past month there have been a lot of reports of Cuban officials stamping all passports. This seems to be pretty widespread and consistent. Otherwise everything else in your post is spot on as far as I'm aware. I've travelled to Cuba with US citizens/residents on a couple occasions through Toronto and they had no issues, of course that was prior to the recent reports of the stamping of passports. I suppose you could ask that they not stamp yours but I haven't heard from anyone who has tried that. But I also have never heard of an American getting into trouble with OFAC either.

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3. Re: American - independent travel to Cuba

I had my passport stamped for the first time without asking last week. It seems that Aduana is stamping all passports now as a rule. I'm Canadian, of course, so no hay problema. How this affects Americans returning home...that I'm not sure. My guess is that no one will care when they see the stamp...but it would be good to hear from a few Americans who have recently returned from Cuba via a secondary gateway to hear of there recent experiences when coming through U.S. customs.

Terry

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6. Re: American - independent travel to Cuba

Is it really worth the potential problems as a US citizen to try and circumvent the law to visit Cuba? There are plenty of (legal) islands in the Caribbean.

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8. Re: American - independent travel to Cuba

I received my first and only passport stamp in Cuba last year afters years of travel to the island. Agree with posts 4 & 5. Independent travel info with-in Cuba may be best gathered by investing in one of a series of guidebooks on Cuba. Also, forum-wise, your best bet would be to post here... https:/…americas-cuba Safe travels to Cuba!

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9. Re: American - independent travel to Cuba

Boots did you end up going yet? I want to go, but am also a little nervous about the passport issue.

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