Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cuba Travel Restrictions Ease But Tourism Trips Still Banned

VENTURA, Calif. - Decades of U.S. travel restrictions on Cuba have come to an end.  The new rules will allow Americans to travel to the country, but there are some restrictions.

The White House has released a list of 12 reasons traveling to Cuba is acceptable.  They include: education, religious, humanitarian projects, among others.  The list prohibits traveling for leisure.  So if you are just wanting to sight see or enjoy the beach, you will not be able to go anytime soon.

If you have you heart set on going to the long forbidden fruit there still is a way.  Local travel agents are currently working with international companies to set up educational trips to Cuba.

“We do have a lot of private tours already set up for spring and summer,"  said Alissa Dent of Sea2Shore Travel Agency in Ventura. "Starting from around $2,000 or so for a person you can have a tour of Cuba with your hotel and meals. It is kind of similar to an escorted tour of Europe.”

Currently the only way to get to Cuba from the U.S. is through a chartered flight.  Traveling to the communist nation should become easier in the next few months as major airlines expand services to Cuba.


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