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post #16 of Old 10-21-2017
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Red face Re: Visa for Cuba

First a little clarity. The only restriction to and through Cuba is applied to American citizens by the American administration. Though Americans have recently been granted permission to travel to Cuba they do not have unlimited access. (Number of days and itinerary need approval by the America administration) The Cuban government never banned American tourists travel to Cuba. It is a misconception that citizens of any other country were not permitted to travel to Cuba.

Cuban visa is granted by customs at the point of entry. Foreign traveler medical insurance is mandatory - show up without it and you may be turned away.

One of the problems with sailing to Cuba is infrastructure. After over 50 years of economic embargo, and the loss of Soviet support when the USSR collapsed, Cuban infrastructure is either in sad disrepair or non-existent. There are marinas in Havana and along the Hicacos Peninsula (Varadero) but they serve local needs and the tourist trade for day cruises. I have seen private boats sporting American and Canadian flags at dock, but they are likely not set up for the needs of large numbers of tourist vessels.

Sure hope this helps a bit, cheers & feliz!

The Walrus, Collins Bay, Lake ON
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