As of December 17 2014, relations between the USA and Cuba have begun to normalize. It’s assumed that travel restrictions will soon be easing. Updates will come to this page soon!
Overall, the U.S embargo on Cuba isn’t simply one specific trade or tourism act. It’s more complicated than that, and involves several legislations that have been enacted over the past several decades.
I will try to provide some of the basics facts about the relations between the United States and Cuba, but international economics and politics are not simple subjects. This is just a brief outline of the American embargo against Cuba and its history
Basically, it is illegal for any American company or individual to do business of any kind in Cuba. In the past few years, some exceptions have been established for humanitarian supplies of food and medicine. But overall, there is just no trade allowed. Some acts have been established to penalize other countries for trading with Cuba, but that has met with resentment as most nations don’t think the USA should be allowed to force other countries to follow the U.S embargo on Cuba.
I’m guessing this is what you really want to know about, isn’t it? The restrictions on travel are just an extension of the above laws, because individuals are not allowed to enter into any financial transactions in Cuba and that includes tourists. Since U.S travel to Cuba is prohibited, you cannot purchase any airline tickets from the US or Cuba. But that doesn’t mean you can’t skirt the rules a bit, and take a more round-about route.
And because no ticket-sellers in America offer flights to Cuba, that means this restriction also applies to any non-Americans who are in the USA, and wanting to travel to Cuba.
A Bit of History
Back in the 1960s, tensions grew between the USA and Cuba due to the revolution and new socialist government of Fidel Castro. After the Cuban Missile Crisis, the United States decided to put economic pressure on Cuba to encourage democratic change.
As I’m sure you’ve figure out, it didn’t work. Today, Cuba continues to struggle under the trade restrictions as well as its own government policies. New legislation has been introduced to finally end these old Cold War policies, so you might find that travel to Cuba is going to be easier.
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