Legal Travel to Cuba
New travel restrictions were issued by the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) on June 4, 2019, to take effect the following day. The most important change is that cruise ships are no longer allowed to sail to or from the U.S. to Cuba. The second biggie is the elimination of People to People (P2P) travel. This has been the most used category by most travelers and workshops for the past 7 to 8 years.
However, the Support for the Cuban People category – instituted by the Trump Administration approximately 2 years ago – is still valid. Photography workshops that stay in private homes and engage with Cubans on a daily basis fully qualify under this category.
P2P was first introduced by Clinton, eliminated by George W., and reinstituted by Obama. Support for the Cuban People was instituted by the Trump Administration and is almost identical to P2P. So, Trump has eliminated the P2P program and replaced it with one that is nearly the same only with a new name.
In so doing it appears to most U.S. citizens that travel to Cuba is no longer legal. Indeed, this has become the prevailing perception in the U.S. and is likely what the current administration hopes to accomplish.
We would like to ask your assistance in spreading the word among your friends that they can still legally travel to Cuba. Anchell Photography Workshops has a long-standing policy of accepting anyone with a minimum of a cell phone and a desire to meet Cubans.
Here is the latest travel information:
• Cuba has is one of the most proactive countries when it comes to controlling Covid-19.
• Visitors are tested at the airport for Covid. The results are known between 24 and 48 hours, with 24 being more likely, as the government wants visitors to be on the street and happy to be in Cuba (they spend more money that way). In the meantime, visitors must quarantine in a casa or hotel room. If staying with a family, the entire family must quarantine.
• American airlines is flying daily to Havana.
• Not all of Cuba is open at this time; however, primary tourist destinations such as Havana, the nearby beautiful beach resort of Varadero, and Trinidad are open. Other areas will become available when the Cuban government feels it is safe to travel to those areas (Vinales being one) due to Covid-19 issues.
• Not all hotels are open; however, in each of the 3 mentioned areas there is ample hotel space available in some truly world class 5 star hotels and resorts.