Published on : Monday, November 20, 2017
The administrative and the foreign policy of U.S. President Donald Trump outlines of several months ago on U.S. travel to Cuba have become reality.
Americans will no longer be able to travel to Cuba without a tour group, or stay in a hotel or spend money with any business that has ties to the Cuban government and military, among other restrictions.
With these, there causing a confusion for many U.S. travelers who have reservations for Cuba trips or plan to visit the country and for this the changes give an advantageous position to tour operators and travel agents that are once again the default gateways for any American wanting to visit Cuba. Some cruise lines, too, say the changes will make them a more favorable option for visiting the country.
There are many tour operators stand to grow from these new restrictions given individual, unguided travel is no longer allowed, but many also worry the changes will send mixed messages that Americans can’t travel to Cuba at all.
U.S. travellers’ dreams of individual travel to Cuba were short-lived. The Americans could go by themselves without a tour guide from March 2016 to November 9 thanks to Obama-era regulations that eased restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba.
But the new regulation on Cuba will not affect U.S. travelers who already had one element of a trip to Cuba booked prior to June 16, 2017.
For the educational tours and the excursion from different colleges and schools of USA, this deadline applies for trips with elements booked before November 9, 2017.
But there are some tour operators who also feel that the changes aren’t a complete backtrack from the U.S.-Cuba bilateral relationships that began in December 2014.