Here is the big question on every potential traveler to Cuba’s mind these days: “can I still go?” The answer is YES. We will explain to you how.
On Tuesday, June 4th, the Trump Administration announced immediate changes regarding US travel to Cuba:
· An end to authorizing private aircraft and sea vessel travel to Cuba, not including air or sea cargo transport. This effectively ended cruise, yacht and other sea travel to Cuba and most private flights.
· An end to the people-to-people travel category under which the majority of US travelers on cultural and educational trips visited the island
But there are still countless ways for Americans to visit Cuba legally. Every American traveler needs to select one of the 11 categories of authorized travel to Cuba. The broadest category is Support for the Cuban People.
Travelers are required to engage in "Support for the Cuban People" activities consistent with a full-time schedule that result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba and that enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities.
In another words, Support for the Cuban People is a great category for families, groups of friends and others to visit Cuba and see and do a lot. The trip just needs to support Cuban entrepreneurs, cultural groups and other Cubans, which Que Bola Havana tours always do.
We have compiled for you a sample list of approved activities under this license to help you get familiarized with this category and to help you plan your travel.
- Meeting with local businessmen, artists, tobacco manufacturers and people who own their own business
- Taking classes on subjects like dancing, traditional music, and Spanish language
- Meeting and engaging with musicians at a show
- Attending art shows and learning about different Cuban artists
- Discussing Cuban society with locals
- Staying in "casas particulares". You can find them listed on Expedia.
- Visiting galleries with a private art curator
- Buying art and souvenirs
**You must retain records, like receipts and itineraries, and keep them on hand for five years.
NOTE: A traveler must avoid all transactions with a GAESA-owned (military-owned) business.
Que Bola Havana partners exclusively with Cuban entrepreneurs and private small businesses to provide activities. Our Local Experts will give you amazing and educational tours. You will be led by a professional in each field such as history, cuisine, architecture, art, religion, dance or sports. We are ready to fill your trip to Havana with unforgettable experiences thanks to our expert guides!