Getting the flavor of…
The new Cuba travel restrictions
It just became a lot harder to travel to Cuba, said Andrea Sachs in The Washington Post. Last week, the Trump administration announced several new rules, including bans on “people-to-people” educational travel and on cruise visits—Americans’ favorite way to visit the island nation. The changes, which are expected to disrupt the vacations of 800,000 cruise passengers alone, aim to shut down mass tourism in retaliation for Cuba’s support of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Fortunately, travelers who booked and paid for flights, hotels, or tours before June 5 can proceed with their plans, and cruise lines are rerouting itineraries and refunding fares. “Airlines, meanwhile, survived without a scratch,” and “while the U.S. government has closed some windows, the door to Cuba remains open a crack.” Americans can visit as long as they avoid state-run businesses and volunteer in community projects.