U.S. Travel Policy Changes on the Horizon
This November marks the 500th Anniversary of Cuba’s seventh oldest city and capital, the one-and-only, Havana. Ahead of reaching this half-century milestone, the historic heart of the island continues to celebrate with ongoing festivities, activities and revitalizing initiatives in an effort to preserve its beauty and vibrancy.
Now more than ever is the time to visit Cuba to Explore, Embrace and Engage©. Travelers continue to trust Cultural Explorations Cuba to guide them on the journey of a lifetime. Our services and expertise prove to be unparalleled, as we offer a private, authentic, and rewarding experience to this exotic destination.
In light of the recent presidential announcement, we want to emphasize that we are accepting bookings and are permitted to organize U.S. travel to Cuba.
As we remain in contact with our established partners, we will continue to offer our cruise and land packages, while keeping a pulse on the proposed changes to come. Please read below for further information on the latest news regarding travel to Cuba.
On Wednesday, April 17, the current United States administration made an announcement levying new sanctions on Cuba, with measures that may directly impact the travel industry. While these sanctions are not clear yet, nor have they been officially released, we believe it is important to share these developments as it could affect U.S. travelers and their ability to visit the island country.
Based on recent news reports, we anticipate that there will be stricter limitations in place, which may constrain non-family related travel and monetary exchange between the two countries. These changes may be reflected in the 12 approved categories under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which currently authorize legal travel to Cuba.
Past such instances have still permitted U.S. travelers with approved pre-arrangements to partake in their trips, as long as at least one travel-related transaction (such as a flight reservation or hotel accommodation) has been completed prior to an official announcement. We do not know for certain if this will still be the case, but this has been a previous margin of leeway.
There has also been discussion surrounding Title III (Helms-Burton Act), which may allow former land and large business owners to reclaim territory that has since been seized by the Castro government. This may affect cruise ports and air stations within Cuba, as they could be target locations up for redemption. Again, we do not know for certain how this would impact transportation to Cuba, as people must provide proper documentation of ownership with verification that a foreign company has assets in the United States.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO
“It is interesting to see that the pendulum has swung this far now. Back when we were first guiding travelers to Cuba through our people-to-people exchange programs, we were operating under specific parameters and interested visitors were obligated to book with an OFAC agency like us. Today, people have freely witnessed Cuba booming with new developments, including an increase in hotel rooms, excursion offerings, and more. At this point, it’s important for us to be adaptable and stay engaged.”
–Renee Radabaugh, President & CEO, Cultural Explorations Cuba
Cultural Explorations Cuba is closely monitoring this situation for updates. We will make our travelers and partners aware of any new policies or travel changes. As of this moment, travel to Cuba is still permitted under the 12 approved OFAC categories.
ASK THE EXPERTS
If you have any further questions about this potential policy change, please do not hesitate to contact us at (561) 921-2425 or via email at email@example.com We are accepting media inquiries and can provide quotes accordingly.
For the latest information on travel to Cuba, we encourage you to also review the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) FAQ: Click Here
Our specific people-to-people license has been issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). Pursuant to section 31 C.F.R. § 515.565(b)(2) of the Cuban Asset Control Regulations, this license allows U.S. Citizens who book a package with Cultural Explorations Cuba the ability to travel to Cuba legally. License # CT-2014-313195-1 FLA Seller of Travel #40002