Visiting Cuba Becomes a Reality for More Americans
February 17, 2016
By Traveler Confidential Staff
VISITING CUBA BECOMES A REALITY FOR MORE AMERICANS
The thought of buying a ticket, getting on a commercial airplane, and traveling to Cuba has always been just that-a thought. Professors, government employees, missionaries, and relatives of Cubans were often forced to jump through enormous hoops and fill out tons of paperwork to visit the Caribbean island country. But, most Americans still didn’t have the luxury to catch a charter flight to Cuba because of a U.S. embargo against Cuba.
Those days are coming to an end. On February 16, Cuba and the U.S. signed a deal allowing daily, commercial flights between both countries and lifting the ban. It’s a major milestone. All American-based airlines can now apply for permission to offer daily flights. The pact allows for 110 daily, round-trip flights.
But-and yes there is a but-not everyone can visit Cuba just yet. Lifting this travel ban only lets people who meet certain conditions visit the communist nation. So, who meets the criteria? You must fall into one of 12 groups which include: humanitarians, journalists, certain government officials, educators, researchers, and relatives of Cubans. No visits strictly for vacation are allowed. But, the agreement does increase the number of visitors and flights going to and from the island.
As the new pact was announced, President Obama posted this tweet:
Next month, I'll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people.