Dear American Travellers, many of you may have heard that travel to Cuba is illegal after the restrictions put in place by the Trump administration in 2019. Although the regulations are a bit trickier than before, the good news is that all of Out Adventures’ gay Cuba tours are unaffected! Read on for the most important takeaways.
What are the major changes affecting American travel to Cuba?
Prior to June 5, 2019, American travellers were able to legally visit Cuba under specific licensed categories. The two most common recreational licensed categories were ‘People-to-People’ and ‘Support for the Cuban People’. The restrictions introduced in 2019 eliminated People-to-People tours, but thankfully Support for the Cuban People – the license Out Adventures’ tours run under – did not change.
In addition to removing People-to-People licences, the US is preventing any recreational vessel from visiting Cuba. This includes cruises and yachts.
I’m interested in travelling to Cuba on a gay tour with Out Adventures. Can I still go?
Yes. Out Adventures offers two gay Cuba tours: Cultural Cuba and Cuba New Year Fiesta. As mentioned, both of our tours run under the Support for the Cuban People licence which is not affected by the Cuba travel restrictions.
Are commercial flights to Cuba available?
Commercial flights from the US to Havana are still available, with a number of direct flights being offered from airports such as Miami, Newark, JFK, Houston and Atlanta. If you heard in the news that flights are no longer available from the US to Cuba, it may be because the US no longer allows direct flights to provinces outside of Havana. Flights from the US direct to Havana however, are still widely available.
All of Out Adventures’ gay Cuba tours are still legal and you’re welcome to make a new booking.
If you have any questions about the new Cuba travel restrictions, never hesitate to contact our gay travel experts by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (CAN/US: 1-866-360-1152. International: +1-416-531-8795).
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