yes, if they meet certain criteria set down by the US Treasury - essentially your trip needs to be for the purposes of education, cultural exchange, sport or professional research. So no resort holidays yet.
Read the criteria here:
https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf about 3 years ago
I went in May for vacation via Mexico City there and via Cancun on the way back. On the way there, the airline will ask you sign a form that you are visiting for one of the approved reasons (as shared above) so we checked off "cultural" I believe. Then upon arriving we were singled out in line by a customs agent. After being initially nervous they were going to make us leave Cuba because we were there without a visa, we were instructed to buy a tourist visa at a booth in the airport. Other than that, we came and left without issue. One major source of stress was that US debit and credit cards are not accepted anywhere. This means you have to travel to the island with enough cash on you for your whole stay (bring euros or British pounds as USD is a worse exchange rate). Cabs, restaurants and buses in between cities were a lot more expensive than we were anticipating so running out of cash which was so nerve-wracking. I would recommend booking and paying for as much as possible beforehand (tours, hotels, etc) as this is not yet a budget, backpacker-friendly destination yet for Americans - as we learned the hard way! Let me know if you need any other tips. almost 3 years ago
Exactly like the answer above me, just visited Cuba for a month last November. Travel via Mexico, the Cubans don't care as long as you get a visum when you get to customs. They stamp only this visum and take it from you when you leave again so when you get out there's no proof. Make sure you bring enough cash or somehow get a Visa card because MasterCard is not accepted.
It can be pretty expensive there but if you stay in casa particulates, speak some Spanish and watch your budget but still go for awesome (if self-planned) day-trips and have the occasional cuba libre, it can be done for about 34-40USD pp/pd with two [because sharing a room saves a lot].
I would definitely recommend using all the local transport like horse-carries, trains, local busses, etc. It's mega cheap and a lot of fun :)
And go to see a baseball-game!
If you want more advise, let me know. Hope you can make it, what a wonderful island!! almost 3 years ago
Hi, I'm planning a trip this August with my family - do we have to travel to mexico first, or is it possible to travel directly to Cuba from the USA now? We plan to stay in casa particulates - and would love to take some spanish and music classes as we travel around, we have 2 musical teens. Any advice is MOST welcome!! Thanks over 2 years agoAnswered by Rachel via Travellr.com