CAN AMERICANS STILL TRAVEL TO CUBA AFTER THE CHANGES ANNOUNCED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON JUNE 16, 2017?
YES, you still can go! Here’s how and here’s why you should...
The confusion was instantaneous when new restrictions on travel to Cuba were announced on Friday, June 16. Some news reports claimed that travel was being shut down. There was debate about whether Americans visiting Cuba truly helped the Cuban people.
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.
Independent, do-it-yourself travelers suffer the most in the new scenario (but you can easily, legally travel with groups!). Independent travel will not be allowed, as it is considered to be non-monitored by a company subject to US jurisdiction. As such, people tend to "just hang out in Cuba" and spend money at government-owned establishments and not learning anything about Cuba or the Cuban people.
Traveling with a company like us -- CHACO Travel -- that follows educational/people-to-people itineraries, means your trip to Cuba is perfectly legal and OK with the US government.
CHACO Travel, as a company that's subject to US jurisdiction and one that ensures a unique, exciting educational/cultural, people-to-people experience that ensures your money spent on the trip goes straight to to growing private sector and private Cuban citizens, and not to the Cuban government.
WILL MY VISIT REALLY MATTER TO THE CUBAN PEOPLE, AND WILL WE REALLY LEARN ABOUT THEM AND THEIR CULTURE?
Yes, it will, and you will! Now more than ever. Cubans sincerely like Americans. They are warm, welcoming and deeply appreciative of our visits.
In the true and original spirit of people-to-people travel, CHACO Travel facilitates activities in which you can engage directly with locals – cooking in their kitchens, dancing to their music, talking with farmers at work in the tobacco fields, meeting musicians, visiting the studios of local artists, staying in privately-owned homes, and dining at privately-owned restaurants.
Traveling this way means that your money and other resources are transferred directly to the Cuban people; not to the government of Cuba The Cuban people live lives that are sometimes hard for us to imagine, on incomes that are inconceivably small. How they cope, how their existences are knit together by family and tradition, and how direct personal interactions affect our understanding of the world are all reasons why I urge you to visit Cuba.
Americans have an opportunity to be part of the change in Cuban-American relations Why would anyone want to give up that privilege now? More than ever, American travelers can enjoy a meaningful, unforgettable experience with the wonderful people of Cuba.
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.