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September 2020 Cuba Travel Rules Update

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Forever passionate about Cuba and its people, it’s been difficult for us to not be able to send clients (or travel ourselves) since March to enjoy what Cuba has to offer.

While Cuba has not yet re-opened its borders for American visitors, there have been some updates to the U.S. rules for travelers. As of September 24, 2020, the Trump administration has essentially banned staying at any and all government-owned hotels as well as bringing back any rum or cigars with you from Cuba.

It's important to remember that despite these changes is that U.S. travelers can still visit Cuba on a land-based trip under the Support for the Cuban People general license. You’ll stay in accommodations that are privately-owned casas particulares such as upscale B&Bs, apartments and villas – all vetted by Almaz Journeys staff. While rum and cigars cannot be taken home as souvenirs, we’ll still connect you with the best of both to enjoy during your Cuba trip when travel resumes.

As always, Almaz Journeys focuses on private, cultural trips to Cuba that are full-service and compliant with the U.S. rules.

Other ways travelers can meet the requirements include: dining in privately-owned restaurants (paladars) which we can reserve for you in advance of your trip, and a full daily schedule of culturally significant activities that support Cuban people, like local entrepreneurs, our drivers and guides, as well as shop and gallery owners, and more.

While waiting for Cuba to reopens its border to travel, Almaz Journeys continues to dream up new ways for our travelers to explore this one-of-a-kind culture and its amazing people.

For more detailed information on travel to Cuba and its restrictions, please contact us for our Fact Sheet with answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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