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Americans visit Cubs

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Americans visit Cubs

Has the US given permission for American Citizens to visit Cuba? What kind of Visas do we need?

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1. Re: Americans visit Cubs

You can legally visit Cuba only if:

- You have close relatives living in Cuba or

- You go on an approved organised education tour (do a search on the forum, there are lots of recent discussions about it)

- You get a visa or can go because you go to Cuba to work, teach, is a teacher, journalist, etc.

Otherwise, you still cannot legally travel to Cuba.

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2. Re: Americans visit Cubs

1.) It is still illegal for you to visit as a tourist, although countless thousands ignore the regulation and visit anyway via a third country.

2.) To visit legally you have to travel with permission on an OFAC sanctioned tour or have family in Cuba.

Cheers,

Terry

Edited: 05 December 2013, 23:01
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3. Re: Americans visit Cubs

Tanzer, Check out the offerings from the least expensive major Canadian airport closest to you.

When we fly to Cuba from Montreal or Toronto there are lots of US citizens on the plane.

Cuba doesn't stamp your passport unless you ask (Don't Ask), your Canadian travel agency/Tour Operator does the paperwork and from everything I read here, nobody (That's NOBODY) has been prosecuted or Fined after returning to the US.

Go easy on cheap souvenirs, Cuban Rum and Cigars in your return luggage. That's the part that will get you noticed, but you bought them in Canada, didn't you? LOL.

Hope others who have more info will help.

Have a great trip!

Edited: 05 December 2013, 23:17
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4. Re: Americans visit Cubs

Tourists travelling to Cuba require a tourist card, sometimes called a tourist visa. Read about it here:

tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g147270-c104245/Cuba:C…

Most of the information given there relates to travellers coming from the UK or Canada. But it is the same tourist card.

Now, the problem is that citizens or residents of the USA can not legally travel to Cuba without a license from OFAC. The first two posts above describe the conditions that must be met to get a licencse.

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5. Re: Americans visit Cubs

There is no blanket permission for US citizens to travel to Cuba.

When you travel to Cuba from Canada, you just go and have a good time and come back to Canada.

CubaJack describes the legal way for you to travel and for many US citizens that's the rule.

Most, if not all US citizens travelling to Cuba through Canada do so without any complications.

You have a choice.

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573,986 Americans traveled directly to Cuba from Miami with OFAC licenses in 2012. You can get a license for just about any reason other than "tourism". No one knows how many more went illegally by connecting through a 3rd country while the US authorities simply look the other way.

The most common OFAC license is to visit family as "family" has a very liberal definition and the US government does not even ask your family member's name or relationship.

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7. Re: Americans visit Cubs

Yes, make your bed and sleep on it ( if something goes wrong!)

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the bed is quite comfy, give it a try, you might like it

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9. Re: Americans visit Cubs

We (four US citizens) were there for 10 days in November, traveling on our own with no approved group status, and had no problems. It was pretty much as the commenters on this site (thanks especially to martian 24) have noted.

We used Cancun as our entry point, spent a night there coming and going, which turned out to be helpful, as our plane to Havana was delayed and we had a comfortable place to wait. No passport stamp entering or leaving Cuba, no special scrutiny, and (in our case) easy and friendly return to the US through Orlando. We spent some time and mental energy worrying what we would say on arrival home if queried about our trip, but no such questions came up.

Cubans were generally welcoming and helpful.

I would pay attention to the advice offered here about Cuban tourist cards (you should get it from your Cuba-bound airline), and US currency (avoid) and US-based credit cards (not accepted). Be sure to bring enough cash, although costs are not bad.

Also, a positive shout-out to Cuba Travel Network, which arranged our Havana flights and hotels as well as our rental car for a trip to Trinidad. After some initial difficulties getting a response (we found a phone call worked best), they provided everything we needed at a reasonable price, paid for with US credit cards while we were home, as well as good advice. All of the reservations were readily honored.

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10. Re: Americans visit Cubs

Do note Cuban Travel Network can be accessed via this portal which provides a donation to Cuban animal welfare at no cost to you

spankyproject.org/Spanky_Project/Book_Your_T…