Can Americans still travel to CUBA after the regulatory changes implemented by the US government in June 2019?
YES, you can easily travel to Cuba!
Here's how you can do it.
The confusion was instantaneous when new restrictions on travel to Cuba were implemented in June 5 2017 and again in June 2019. Media outlets hurried to falsely report that travel to Cuba was being banned.
We at CHACO Travel took a deep breath, consulted our regulatory legal teams in Washington DC and other governmental advisors throughout the US. In addition, one of our two co-founders, who is a qualified attorney, also reviewed all of the documentation released by the US regarding travel rules. Everybody has arrived at the same conclusion.
What became clear is that you can still visit Cuba legally. And you can do it in a way that directly benefits the people of Cuba.
Traveling with a company like CHACO Travel that exclusively works with Cuba's private sector businesses as well as regular, local people, such as independent musicians, artists and families. CHACO ensures that you trip to Cuba is perfectly legal and within the US governmental regulations.
Over the years we have developed a strong infrastructure of privately-owned business and self-employed partners:
-Our accommodations are provided by privately-owned "casa particulares" bed and breakfasts.
-Our meals are provided by privately-owned "paladares" restaurants.
-Our drivers own their own cars.
-Our guides are self-employed.
-Our operating partners are private-sector small business owners and private individuals.
The benefit of our commitment to Cuba's private sector is two-fold. Not only does it ensure the maximum benefit for Cuba's citizens, it also means that our guests will receive the best service and hospitality available in Cuba.
Please feel free to reach out to us for more information:
Independent, do-it-yourself travel is extremely difficult in the new scenario: It is obligatory to primarily engage with Cuba's private sector, and to limit transactions with state-owned entities. As an individual with little knowledge of the landscape in Cuba, it is extremely difficult to design an itinerary that confirms to these rules. The good news is that CHACO Travel can do this for you!
Also, many travel companies that primarily work with the Cuban government rather than private entrepreneurs and local people have stopped doing business. As explained above, CHACO travel in unaffected by the new regulations and is providing the same experiences as before the regulatory change.
IS IT STILL POSSIBLE TO FLY DIRECT TO CUBA?
Yes. Even under the new restrictions, you can fly to Cuba on U.S. commercial airlines. You can comparison shop prices and schedules, use your frequent flyer miles, and land on the island in the way that makes most sense for you. Nothing will change. US-owned airlines may reduce the number of flights per day, but there's already a surplus of flight options from the US to Cuba, and all expectations are it will remain that way.