Americans that have wanted to travel to Cuba must have joined to an education group tour (or enter through a third country).
The White House made an announcement today that U.S. Would allow individuals to travel to Cuba to engage in “people to people” education trips without having to join a group.
You can access New York Times article here of which below is an excerpt:
While Americans are permitted to make educational visits to Cuba in tour groups, a tourism ban has barred individuals from traveling there under most circumstances. Under Tuesday’s revisions, Americans who plan a trip with a full schedule of educational exchange activities, including interacting with the Cuban people, will for the first time in decades be able to travel on their own to Cuba without special permission from the United States government.
The change punctures a major element of the American embargo against Cuba, which remains in effect even though Mr. Obama has called repeatedly for its repeal, but the Republican-led Congress has shown little interest in taking action. While tourism is still barred by statute, the new rules amount to permission for any American who wants to travel to Cuba to plan an educational sojourn there, as long as they keep records of their activities for five years.
It is about the time to make it easier for Americans to visit Cuba without having to join group tours or go “illegally” via third country.
It would be interesting to know what “People to People” educational exchange activities end up being? Probably sipping rum and talking with the locals as I have done.