Much has been written lately about the new Cuba travel guidelines recently announced by the Trump administration. The results of these changes were fairly predictable: dozens of new printed pages, but few significant changes for Americans. The most notable item makes it more complicated for individuals to legally travel to Cuba, but it is not impossible. Personally, I wouldn’t hesitate to travel there by myself, but this issue is sometimes difficult to understand for those who have never been there.
Along with the mysterious so-called “acoustic incidents,” the new guidelines have discouraged many first-time visitors from going to Cuba. Many trips were cancelled. Alaska Airlines cancelled (temporarily) its once-a-day flights from LAX to Havana after January 18.
Travel “advisories” have been issued by the U.S.government. Predictably, this hasn’t affected Cuban government leaders, but it has become very difficult financially for many independent Cuban entrepreneurs—the people America should be supporting. This is a complicated subject, but consider: no other countries—including our ally Canada—have issued any Cuba travel advisories.
Fortunately, it looks like this trend (fewer American visitors) has bottom-out, and Americans are once again considering visiting our beautiful, safe, and friendly neighbor to the south. Raul Castro will step down on February 24, so 2018 is shaping up to be a much better year. For many reasons, most of us are looking forward to a better year for both the Cuban people, and for our fellow Americans.
Start making your plans!!!