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American's in Cuba?

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1. Posted by anomaly (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

i was just wondering if there are any american's out there who have traveled to cuba? i understand there's a "fine" involved if you get caught...but is it easy to get caught? what's the procedure?

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hey Anomaly,

I have not traveled to Cuba but here are a few links to help with your questions. Realize the fine, if caught, will range between $7500 and $100,000 for violating the "Trading with the Enemy Act". We can travel there, just not spend money. (But, try to prove you have not spent any.) You can apply for permission from the government and 2 of these links explain that (along with other information). Also keep in mind, if you are arrested for any reason, you will not have the type of consular help you would in other countries. I'm not saying you shouldn't go - just realize what the consequences could be before you get there.

Dept. of State

Fine Info

Considerations

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I have known a few American that have gone to Cuba (I am a Canadian, so no problems for me).

First things first, you might want to check if you would be eligible for permission to visit Cuba from the U.S. government. If you have family down there, you can probably get permission. There used to be cultural exchanges you could go on, but I think Geo. Bush may have curtailed those.

If you can't go legally, you travel to either Mexico or Canada and fly to Cuba from there. You need to get a tourist card before departing - the travel agency should provide. Cuba does not stamp your passport, so there is no "proof" that way that you have been.

(aside: you could also, if you had a boat, travel from the Florida Keys to Cuba.)

On return, you will have to lie and say you were in Canada / Mexico for that time. If you are uncomfortable with lying to your government, you might want to think about another destination.

As for getting caught - the Americans I know have not been caught. I have heard stories of people getting caught, but it's all third-hand, "I know a guy who knows a guy who was caught" type stuff. Frankly, unless you are planning to start up trade with a Cuban company, I think the immigrations officials have more important things to concentrate on.

Here's a good primer on the subject: Americans visiting Cuba.

4. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Hey,

Haven't they introduced a new law in Cuba, recently, that states that Americans are no longer permitted inside of Cuba, even as travellers? I think I heard it on CBC Evening news a half a week ago, and the law is either in place, or is about to be put there.

Peace,

Steph