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10 Things You Need to Know About Cuba

UPDATE: On June 4, 2019, the US State Department implemented additional travel restrictions on Cuba travel for US citizens. Group educational and cultural trips are banned alongside cruise ships, yachts, and private planes. Despite this news, please note that commercial airline flights remain unaffected, and Ker & Downey’s Support for the Cuban People programs are still permitted. Ker & Downey has been partnering with travelers to create their own journeys to Cuba since August 2015. Recent policy changes on American travel to the country have stirred up questions about traveling to Cuba and the future of visiting a place that is so close but was once too far out of reach for many. The good news: Cuba is not out of reach with Ker & Downey. What Do the Policy Changes Mean? In short, the style of travel offered by Ker & Downey and our in-country partners is not impacted, for the time being. The changes will impact self-planners, group tours, cruise ship passengers, yacht charters, and private plane travelers the most. Arranging a journey on your own that avoids

ALYSSA HILLER – A WEEKEND IN HAVANA

Cuba stole our hearts months before we arrived. Images of vintage cars, colorful facades and expressive locals mesmerized, gratified and consumed us, so we acted on the desire. We booked a spontaneous, four-day trip from Boston to Havana to experience and photograph the country ourselves, proving to be a timely and opportune decision (new regulations announced two days before our departure will make it more difficult for Americans to visit in the near future). While we anticipated incredible pictures in Cuba, we knew very little about the people and the culture. American travel is still relatively new, so there’s not an overwhelming amount of information available online. With that, although both well-traveled, we had initial concerns as two young females alone in a country in which communication isn’t readily available; however, all of our worries subsided at the onset of our trip. Cuba is vibrant and alive. Buildings are brightly painted, and the streets carry an unmistakably powerful and contagious energy. Cubans are incredibly inviting, warm and inquisitive; they’re just as interested in us as we are in them. We

Understanding Legal Travel to Cuba

Frequently Asked Questions About Traveling to Cuba Am I allowed to travel to Cuba? Yes. US residents and citizens are able to visit Cuba, but there are restrictions on the type of travel and the businesses in Cuba a traveler is permitted to work with. How can I travel to Cuba legally? With Ker & Downey you will be traveling to Cuba under one of the 12 travel categories authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of Treasury. Specifically, our organization supports the Cuban people by using private local entities to provide your full schedule of activities. This general license falls under OFAC travel category CFR §515.574. You can review more about OFAC regulations around travel to Cuba at this link. What constitutes a full schedule of activities? The US Department of Treasury requires that U.S. residents and citizens traveling under the general license mentioned above participate in a full-time schedule of daily activities that support the Cuban people and strengthen civil society. In order to ensure you are compliant, and to meet Ker & Downey’s