Vacations for US Citizens to Cuba
For over 50 years Cuba was pretty much off limits to US citizens thanks to a 1962 trade embargo. Then, after Barack Obama’s 2014 reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba, travel restrictions loosened, and major airlines began offering direct flights from the US.
Donald Trump's administration then rolled back some of these changes making it harder for US citizens to travel to Cuba. In 2019, the US Treasury Department placed further restrictions on US citizens by halting educational 'people-to-people' chaperoned group tours run by US tour operators. Traveling to Cuba by cruise ship, private yacht and fishing vessel also became much harder for US citizens.
Commercial flights from the US continue to be permitted. Tours run by non-US vacation companies also continue to be permitted. Independent travel is also allowed as long as travelers stay in homestay accommodation - casas particulares - and support the Cuban community.
So, it’s still perfectly possible for Americans to travel to Cuba – whether traveling on a tour or independently - as long as they support the Cuban community and use a non-US tour operator. What’s more, US citizens will find a warm welcome and people keen to engage and share their stories on the street and in their own homes.
If you are worried about traveling to Cuba or just keen on finding out more information, please get in touch so we can put you in contact with one of our specialised Cuban tour operators.
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