The Trump Administration just announced strict new guidelines for travel to Cuba, effectively putting a stop to many of the eased restrictions from the last two years.
Starting today, everything about going just got a little less fun and a lot more tedious. Among the biggest changes: a list of banned businesses, including hotels and shops, that Americans cannot visit and a return to the rule requiring you to have a state-approved guide at all times.
Part of the justification for all of this is making sure American money doesn’t go to state and military controlled businesses, but we suspect the larger impact is likely to dissuade travelers from bothering at all.
If you’re still set on going (or already made plans), here’s what you need to know.
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You Need a Guide
If fact all elements of your trip will have to gro through authorized tour guides again, like the did a few years ago. Tour guides are great sometimes, but most of these companies have strictly approved schedules of activities. This will limit much of what you’re able to do (like spur of the moment drives across the country).
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You Can’t Stay or Shop Where You Want
Airbnb and family-run, in-home stays are fine, but a lengthy list of banned hotels and facilities was released by the administration and will be updated regularly. That’s probably going to get confusing and problematic, especially if hotels start appearing on the list a few months from now after people have made plans. The same goes for every other company on this list, which means that, if you’re worried about strict enforcement, you need to be aware of all of the companies listed here.
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