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Cuba: Government to Eliminate Dual Currency

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

The Cuban government has approved a plan to eliminate its dual currency system, working instead on merging the two forms of money over time. The two local currencies are the peso (CUP), which is used to pay local wages and purchase local goods, and the convertible peso (CUC), which is used in the tourism industry [read more]

Cuba: New Cholera Outbreak Confirmed

Date: January 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Health officials in Havana have confirmed a new outbreak of cholera and are taking rigorous measures to contain it. Transmitted through contaminated water and food, cholera causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, and can kill within hours if left untreated. So far, 51 cases of the highly infectious disease have been identified, all traced to a [read more]

Cuba: U.S. Travel Restrictions Eased, But Permits Hard to Come By

Date: August 28th, 2012 | No Comments

After five decades of embargo that restricted travel to Cuba, the U.S. government loosened its grip in 2011 with the “people-to-people” program, designed to promote meaningful cultural exchange between the two countries. Obtaining a visa, however, may still prove difficult for U.S. citizens. Hundreds of travel service providers applied for tour permits in 2012, yet [read more]

Cuba: New Airports Designated as Ports of Entry to Cuba

Date: March 16th, 2011 | No Comments

Nine airports are now designated as ports of entry for approved travelers wishing to go to Cuba for “purposeful” travel. This includes educational and religious purposes as well as medical or agricultural business. Joining the ranks of Los Angeles, Miami and New York are the airports of Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, [read more]

Cuba: Cuba Now Requires Health Insurance for Tourists, But Will Sell Policies for a Latte a Day

Date: May 5th, 2010 | No Comments

On May 1 Cuba began requiring visitors to carry valid health insurance or buy a Cuban policy on arrival. Because of the U.S.’s 48-year trade embargo, Cuba does not accept American insurance policies, so Americans have to purchase local coverage. The cost, however, will be a big surprise: roughly $3 a day for up to [read more]

Cuba: Cholera Outbreak Continues

Date: September 5th, 2013 | No Comments

At least 163 cases of cholera have been reported this year, with most cases linked to Havana, Santiago and Camaguey provinces. Two food service centers confirmed that infected food handlers with no symptoms may have prompted outbreaks in Havana. Spread through contaminated food and water, cholera causes severe dehydration through acute diarrhea and vomiting and [read more]

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

Date: November 14th, 2012 | No Comments

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 [read more]

Cuba: Relaxed Travel Rules Take Americans to Cuba

Date: August 23rd, 2011 | No Comments

Thirty American tourists were the first to arrive in Cuba under the new, more relaxed travel rules of the Obama administration. The “people-to-people” exchanges are aimed at advancing the flow of information between the island nation and the United States. It is estimated that some 30 to 35 travel agencies have obtained licenses to [read more]

Cuba: More Golf Coming to the Island

Date: May 12th, 2010 | No Comments

Fidel loved baseball but clearly he has not been a fan of golf, because Cuba currently has only two golf courses, the other ten eliminated by the revolution in 1959. That is going to change soon, however, because the tourism ministry announced a new policy to allow foreign companies to build new tourism facilities in [read more]

USA-Bound Travelers from “Countries of Interest” Face Tightened Security

Date: January 6th, 2010 | No Comments

Anyone flying to the U.S. from or through countries the U.S. government considers state sponsors of terrorism or “other countries of interest” will face enhanced screening under new security measures that took effect Jan. 4. Countries the U.S. considers state sponsors of terrorism are Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria, and the “other countries of interest” [read more]

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