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Cuba: “People-to-People” Travel Program Back on Track

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | November 14th, 2012 | Trackback

Travelers hoping to visit Cuba will be happy to hear that the groundbreaking “people-to-people” program, which allows tourist visas through approved cultural exchange tours, appears to be back on track for 2013. Launched in 2011 after 50 years of embargo, the popular program hit a snag this past summer when the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) became so backlogged with applications that some operators were forced to cancel sold-out tours. Apparently the permit process is flowing again, although documentation requirements remain intensive—“think Ph.D. dissertation,” one successful applicant said. In spite of the difficulties, demand remains strong and operators who have obtained permits expect to sell out their Cuba trips in 2013.

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