It’s Where in the World Wednesday and if you frequent this blog then you know we have done features on Cuba before. With that being said there have been new travel guidelines set in place and I wanted to go over them and explain them for anyone interested in making the historic journey to the Caribbean island.
If you have done any research on traveling to Cuba or if you caught our last blog feature on it you know that you can’t just up and travel to Cuba like you can other islands in the Caribbean or even Mexico. Yes you will need a passport, but there is a bit more planning the needs to take place. So lets learn a little bit more about the new rules.
As of March 16, 2016 the Office of Foreign Asset Control released it’s newest set of regulations for American’s traveling to Cuba. The rules before basically stated that when American’s travel to Cuba they need to be part of a touring group with a full time schedule of educational and learning experiences. Many tour companies offer these tours, and still do, one great one is Apple Vacations. Now though, American’s can receive a “people-to-people” license for individual travel. This means that the individual must have a full time schedule of educational exchange activities that are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities, and that will result in the meaningful interactions between the travel and individuals of Cuba. All educational activities must be document and records must be filed to ensure that the traveler is there doing full time education and learning. If you decide to take a group tour these records are handled by the tour company.
So basically the structure of the trip must remain the same, but the changes allow individuals to take on this journey on their own. For more information on traveling to Cuba please call Ambassador Travel at 920.236.7777 or visit ambassdortravelltd.com to schedule an appointment today!