“The announced changes do not take effect until the new regulations are issued.” – FAQ Cuba sanctions program as a result of the President’s announcement of June 16, 2017
Things to know before you go:
People to People is still a thing. Yes, you can visit Cuba, so long as your purpose meets one of the twelve accepted reasons of travel. These are: family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials; and certain authorized export transactions.
You’ve got to buy a Visa. Before boarding, at the airline check in counter, you will be handed a clipboard and a pen. Simply state your purpose of travel, and buy the visa for 50 USD, and then guárdalo como oro.
Plastic is not accepted. According to the Department of State travel website neither credit nor debit cards are accepted in Cuba. Take cash, and exchange enough for a few days in the airport. While most hotels will exchange your USD, it is always a good idea to have CUC in hand in case of emergency upon arrival. *the currency exchange in the US does not buy CUC, you will need to make your transaction in Cuba.
Yes, there is airbnb in Cuba, and it is a great way to book rooms, and meet people. This is a great option for those who are traveling for People-to-People purposes. Spend time with your host, and take their recommendations. The best way to get to know a place is through the locals, and airbnb is a great way to get to know them.
According to the Miami Herald there has been a spike in Travel to Cuba. Book your flight while you can, and join thousands of others as they enjoy the island of paradise.
For your flight, bring along a copy of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.Hemingway loved Cuba, and for good reason. Experience the Island as did the beloved American author.
Most importantly: Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit. And of course.. make sure to snap that selfie.