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Visa for Cuba

Sailing from Miami to Cuba in December, but cannot get a tourist visa for Cuba. Cuban embassy in Canberra won't help as I'm not travelling directly from Australia. Cuban embassy in Washington say it's illegal to issue a tourist visa for Cuba since Trump.
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We have alternate destinations but would love to visit Cuba

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Yes, go there for professional reasons. Photography seems to be a popular one.
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First, I'm no fan of the guy personally, but the current US President is not the one that put restrictions on US citizen travel to Cuba.

Second, something isnt adding up. I've lost count of the US citizens I know that have first gone to Canada or Mexico and then flew to Cuba. I don't once recall hearing of waiting to organize a visa. I'm sure you need some official document, but I would swear it is instant issue for a fee. I have this recollection that to enter Cuba, you must have health insurance that covers you in Cuba. You buy it in customs, on the spot, if you don't. Check around online. There has to be a way to obtain what you need online, if you're not a US citizen.

However, if you are a US citizen, departing from the US, that will be very difficult to do legally. Has been for about 50 years now.
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I'm confused, are you a Yank or an Aussie?

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With Sydney and Canberra listed he probably eats vegemite...'stralia

Hemingway Marina is the most popular entry port, iirc.
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[QUOTE=RegisteredUser;2051251185]With Sydney and Canberra listed he probably eats vegemite...'stralia/QUOTE]
Yeah, I did see that but perhaps they bought the boat down under and sailed her here? I don't understand why the Aussie Embassy can't issue Cuban visas to their citizens in DC. I didn't think our embargo involved them. It certainly doesn't seem to matter to the Canadians.

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I'm guessing that he was given and/or received bad info.
That country wants your $s.

I'm very interested in Cuba. Reads like the read deal...along with some hoops and hurdles, naturally.
I'm most interested in the southern coast, and not sure where to get the most current charts.
Navionics is doing a webinar on Cuba (never done/attended one before) 11/15/17.
I'm guessing much of the north coast took a big Maria hit.
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Like Minnie not a fan, I think he knows its the right time but he's delaying for personnel gain. Let us know how it turns out I would like to do this soon.
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The embassies in Canberra & Washington have not been helpful. They just send thru some pdf telling me what I already know. Makes me think they didn't bother to read the email.
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I'm guessing that he was given and/or received bad info.
That country wants your $s.

I'm very interested in Cuba. Reads like the read deal...along with some hoops and hurdles, naturally.
I'm most interested in the southern coast, and not sure where to get the most current charts.
Navionics is doing a webinar on Cuba (never done/attended one before) 11/15/17.
I'm guessing much of the north coast took a big Maria hit.
From what I've been told by those who have been there over the last 3 or 4 years, one is not free to go where one wishes, Canadian, American or Australian. There are approved marinas and at times certain bays where one may anchor, but I don't think the south coast is open to sailing yachts.
Not having been there I can't say for sure, but the stories of the restrictions have prevented us from venturing that way. However, the feeling about Cuba from those I've met who have been there is generally favorable.

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