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Re: US Citizens now Banned from Visiting Cuba! 2019
The law does not actually ban an Americanís presence in Cuba. It forbids, without permission, having any economic transactions with Cuba. You canít spend any money there, nor allow anyone to spend it on your behalf. Since US insurance is inapplicable in Cuba, they require you purchase a short term policy, when you arive. A really good idea, BTW. The US should do the same, if a tourist or immigrant is uninsured. So there is no way to avoid spending money, even if you brought your boat and didnít have to pay for a room or food.
There have always been valid reasons to apply for permission. From memory, those included having family there, or being in the press or clergy on business, among a few others. Vacation was never one of them.
The Obama administration added a ďpeople to peopleĒ valid reason. Essentially a group had to have some formal program associated with it. It was just a silly way to get around the law they obviously didnít want to change. I know several who went on one of these people-people things. They were simply approved tour groups and pretty pricey. Thatís what they will no longer grant as an exception.
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