How do U.S. citizens get visas?
Most visitors to Cuba, including Americans, need a tourist card to enter the country. Since you will be traveling with a licensed operator, the tourist card will usually be processed as part of the package.
Can you still fly to Cuba on a commercial flight?
Yes. The new policy prohibiting Americans from doing business with the military’s business arm would not apply to airports and seaports. As of August, commercial airlines are offering flights to several destinations in Cuba, including Holguín, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
However, after a rush to snap up routes last year, some airlines — including JetBlue and American Airlines — scaled back the number of flights they offered or began using smaller planes because of insufficient demand.
Silver Airways, a Fort Lauderdale-based regional carrier, scrapped its flights to Cuba altogether in April. Frontier Airlines has also canceled its Havana-bound flights from Miami and Denver.
Still, JetBlue has daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara, Holguín, Camaguey and Havana. American Airlines flies from Miami to the same Cuban cities, as well Cienfuegos and the beach resort of Varadero, and Delta has direct flights to Havana from New York, Atlanta and Miami.
With round-trip flights to Cuba priced at under $300 in June, the commercial flights are much less expensive than charters, which, for decades, were the only option for those traveling direct between the United States and Cuba.
Where would U.S. citizens stay?
It is unclear. Because the new directive prohibits transactions with companies controlled by the military, which runs vast swaths of the hotel and tourism sector, staying at many hotels could be out of the question.
Starwood, which became the first American hospitality chain to manage a hotel in Cuba since the revolution, is not such a hotelier and, according to Reuters, will continue to operate the Four Points by Sheraton.
Could you take a cruise instead?
You could. Carnival Cruises in May 2016 began offering the first cruises between Miami and Havana in 40 years. It will continue to do so, it said in a statement on Thursday.
So far, only Carnival and a French company, Ponant, have announced cruises to Cuba from American ports.
Will anybody keep tabs on what Americans do in Cuba?
Over the past two years, nobody seems to have been keeping tabs on which Americans go to Cuba or what they do there, even though senior officials at the Treasury and Commerce Departments said they took travel restrictions seriously.
Now, the Trump administration is directing the Treasury Department to strictly enforce the law regarding travel to Cuba, including routine audits.
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