Traveling To Cuba, The Future Is Here
For those interested in exploring Cuba, there is some good news – it’s only getting easier. Just last month we covered this story, Cuba Becomes Available To US Citizens On Airbnb. Since then countless travel agencies and airlines have been trying to get in on the growing tourism reported The New York Times.
This past December President Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba which removed the travel limitations that had been in effect for decades. Technically “tourism” is still banned for Americans and they must meet certain requirements to be allowed to travel. A complete up-to-date list of Frequently Asked Questions related to Cuba can be found on the U.S. Department of Treasury website.
Americans must qualify in one of 12 categories of activities in order to make the trip according to the U.S. Department of Treasury. A few of the “categories of activities” are visiting a close relative, journalistic activity, professional research and support for the Cuban people.
JetBlue is one of the airliners that is eager to start offering flights to Cuba, announcing that beginning in July they will have weekly flights from New York to Havana. JetBlue’s senior vice president of airline planning, Scottt Laurence told Buzzfeed News, “We will be very aggressive in trying to get as much service as we can to Cuba. We went into this decision with an eye on the open market; we wanted to establish not only getting into the market but being the leader there.”
Another future alternative may also be available soon. The Treasure Department recently issued licenses to three different Ferry companies which will most likely travel from Florida to Cuba. This method of travel will be more affordable reported The New York Times.
Whether we go by ferryboat or plane, we look forward to exploring Cuba.