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So... this is probably a really stupid question...

 

but are American citizens allowed to travel to Cuba at all? I thought that the restrictions had been lifted, but the american travel site on Cuba makes it seem like Americans can only go with a specific government visa...

 

Its not really a problem, but my best friend from childhood married an American, and I'm definately inviting them, and would really like them to come, but I don't want to change my plans .... it has taken me a really long time to be happy about the country I chose!!!

But I'll be really bummed if she decides not to go because her husband can't go. Although, odds are they can't afford it anyway.

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no, Americans can't go to Cuba. there are some ways around it like flying to Canada or Mexico and then on to Cuba, but those are never a sure bet.

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I ran into this same problem when considering Cuba as I had a lot of american guests. They would definately have to go through Canada or Mexico but it is really a gamble and if it ever got figured out that they went there and spent money then they could be fined. It really wasn't worth the hassle for me and since I had a lot of guests who would have problems I nixed it as an option.

 

If your heart is set on it, and your friend's husband is the only affected guest, then I would say just go for it, especially if there is a good chance that they can't go anyway. If you REALLY want her and her husband there though, I would pick another country.

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I am seeing a lot of Americans every time I am in Cuba. You have to remember that it's USA who has issues with Cuba. Cuba doesn't have any issues with USA. You will be greated with a smile and respect. Expect a lot of anti-american jokes against your government though. :)

Most travel through Mexico or Toronto as these routes seems to be the cheapest options.

All you have to do is ask the customs agent not to stamp your passport. They actually know this and won't do it,but you should still ask. It's very safe and thousands go through this every year. I've never heard of anyone ever having any problems upon return.

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This is a very interesting thread and I'm glad the question was asked. I also was under the impression that Americans were allowed to go to Cuba now and I'm happy to read here that they are...too bad it's not as easy though. sad.gif

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Americans are only allowed to go to Cuba with a special license from the US govt - for educational programs/volunteer/journalism, etc. You have to apply ahead of time and be approved. Even if you are approved, there are restrictions on travel. I have a friend who went to Cuba on a medical volunteer program in medical school - not only was it a lot of work for her, but she didn't know if it would even be approved until the last minute.

So, I think it is fair to assume that an American would not make it there for your wedding... hopefully those restrictions will be lifted soon though..

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i think this thread is confusing being "allowed" to go, with being "able" to go. we are not allowed to go, but we are able.. kwim?
Exactly...I think the fine is $30K if found out that we (US citizens) visit Cuba illegally.

I have known people that have gone with no problem, but it is a total gamble and considered illegal. Unless you get a visa for education or work.

I am so jealous of Canadians being allowed to go to Cuba, I have always wanted to visit, but will want until we are legally allowed to.

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