I have been trying to get a good idea on what restrictions still apply for US citizens traveling to Cuba. If flying from the US, can individuals go alone, or must one still be part of some sort of group? Or, is it better to fly in/out from Mexico or Canada? Another option might be Mrs. H and I using our other non-US passports. TIA.
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Haggis: You should check the State Department website for the latest.
We went to Cuba in 2001 on a special State Dep't visa. Quite a fascinating experience. I would suggest that you pack salt, pepper and hot sauce. Spices are very expensive in Cuba and the places you will eat will serve very bland food. At least, that's the way it was 21 years ago when we went. We were allowed to buy 2 boxes of cigars each and bring them back. I don't smoke cigars but we bought the cigars and gave them away to people who we knew would appreciate them.
Thank you, Irwin. A lot has changed, and some things have not, in 21 years! It boggles my mind that the US has diplomatic relations with several of the most despotic govts in the world (China, Russia, Saudi Arabia), but is continuing to pretend that somehow Cuba is a threat to our "democracy."
Anyway, I did check the DoS website and it is ambiguous at best. We will likely use our dual passports to enter/exit Cuba via Mexico and be done with it (unless others here have other counsel). Thanks again.
My parents went 2 years ago but everything was pre arranged with the tour. that included restaurants/lodging and shopping districts. They didnt wander around is what my folks said.
i believe they said the same thing about hot sauce
Thanks, VM. Will do offline.
@Vino Me posted:
This information from Southwest might help.
We went by ourselves in 2017 without any group or tour and stayed in an airbnb. We ate, drank and travelled where we wanted without restriction. If you need any recommendations let me know.
the rules are different though when trump took over, he removed the special status so still gotta be careful