Is Cuba Travel on the Horizon?

Posted March 12, 2009 by Carl Unger

Cuba_car_2006_07_092 A recent decision to ease some travel restrictions to Cuba has many wondering if the U.S. will lift its trade embargo against the island nation. The new rules will allow U.S. citizens with family in Cuba to visit once a year for as long as they like. Existing rules permit one visit every three years and limit the length of stay to 14 days.

I know what you're thinking: CIGARS! Well, let me put that stogie out for you, because it doesn't sound like the Obama administration has any intention of lifting the decades-old embargo against Cuba. This embargo prevents Americans from traveling to Cuba without a special license, and imposes big fines on anyone who does (and gets caught). The embargo, in place for 47 years, is meant to pressure Cuba into making democratic reforms by depriving the communist nation of U.S. trade dollars.

But the fact is that Cuba is still a communist country, which suggests the embargo has done little to sway Cuba toward democracy. Many are now calling for President Obama (who has, at times, said he favored easing some restrictions) to take further steps toward undoing more of the embargo.

Could a Cuba vacation be in your future? Maybe, but probably not in the near future. Still, the prospect seems likelier than ever, so I ask: Would you travel to Cuba if the U.S. lifted its embargo?

(Photo: state.gov)

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Reader Comments

if I could drive a car like that around Cuba I would be there in an instant!

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 03:58 PM by Baby Suri

I never been to Cuba, I am American citezen. But I have friends that talks beautifull abouth this Island. So, Yes in a future If I have enough money I can travel to Cuba as a tourist.

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 12:32 PM by Ana Velez

I would be one of the very first to embark to that island!

Posted on March 15, 2009 at 01:56 AM by Angela

How one president after another can justify this embargo amazes me!

Posted on March 15, 2009 at 01:16 PM by Joe

Wow can't wait for the day, I'll be there as soon as they let me!

Posted on March 18, 2009 at 10:56 PM by Fabian

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