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How To Travel To Cuba
Traveling to Cuba is unlike traveling to any other destination in the world. You just can't book a flight-hotel and travel to Cuba. As a non-Cuban American citizen due to the travel restrictions caused by the United States Embargo against Cuba travel to Cuba is limited to people-to-people tours and regulated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign of Foreighn Assets Control (OFAC) under the U.S. Embargo. The result is the only American travelers that are going to Cuba have to obtain a license through the Office of Foreign Assets Control. (Cost about $75). Licensed travel is available for people to people tours, educational travel for businessmen, family travel for Cuban Americans with family on the island, religious travel, sports and agriculture.
You Must Travel in a Group
Under the people-to-people law, we are obligated to take travelers to Cuba in a group. However, even if you plannned on traveling to Cuba solo, being part of a tour allows you the opportunity to travel with compatible people, while adventuring the island with our tour guides.
The tour guides make sure you visit all of the well-known sites, as well as those hidden treasures that you may or may not been aware of. Regardless of where our travelers are from or their age, Cuban experts find joy in making everybody's experience an unforgettable one.
Tyus Tours & Travel offers tours with everything included. We book all the hotels, schedule all of the events, buses and hail all of the taxis. Group travel for people-to-people has many advantages over regular tourist vacations. First, we're able to share our knowledge and take you to locations most tourist would never find or think of travelling to. This will give you a truly once in a lifetime experience that will make you want to return.
There is Free Time for Non-group experience
Full participation by our guests is required by the U.S. Department of the Treasuary's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). It requires that those traveling under a people-to-people license to participate in a full-time schedule of cultural exchange activities resulting in a purposeful interaction bewtween the travelers and Cubans. However, you will have free time to explore or entertain yourselves before the itinerary begins or after the scheduled activities are over. Not to worry our tours are packed with exciting and memorable adventures and activities that you wouldn't find on your own.
Bring Goods To Donate
Donations are a thoughtful gesture when visiting Cuba. While travelers shouldn't feel obligated to bring gifts to Cuba, it is important to keep in mind that anything you may to bring will be very much appreciated. Goods are scarce in Cuba and while Cubans are incredibly resourceful things like clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and toys will be gratefully appreciated.
What to Bring
When you're travelling international it is advised to bring prescription drugs in their original, pharmacy-issued bottles. Make sure to pack comfortable sneakers, bring a bathing suit or swim trunks. It is advisable to pack light clothers and hats for May through September as it gets very hot during the day. Long-sleeved shirts and light sweaters for the evening are more appropriate for October through April. For the evening bring a dresser outfit.
It can be difficult to find specific items in a pinch because goods aren't as readily available on the island. Therefore, if you're accustomed to living a specific lifestyle you should bring all the comforts needed.
Suggested Goods are:
Sunblock, sunglasses insect repellent contact lens solution, toilet paper or tissues for public restrooms, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, dental floss, bandages creams and ointments, toothbrush, reading materials, cigarette lighters, compact umbrella, light rain jacket, feminine hygiene products, over-the-counter drugs, hair dryer, shaving cream and razor.
Laundry Services or Dry Cleaning
The higher rated hotels (4 stars and up) offer laundry and dry cleaning at a reasonable price.
Things you need to know
Credit and debit cards issued by an American bank will not work in Cuba. Cash is required. You may exchange your U.S. Dollars for Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) upon arrival in Cuba.
There is no service for U.S. cell phones in Cuba and callng from Cuba is very expensive. Hotels have internet service available for a fee. However please be aware that service is less reliable and internet speeds are slow.
U.S. travelers are allowed to bring home up to $400 USD worth of good acquired in Cuba for personal use. Please be aware that no more than $100 USD of the merchandise may consist of alcohol or tobacco products.
Please note: the hotel check-in process takes longer than in the U.S. .Each guest may be asked to fill out a form with additional information as some hotels require a copy of your passport information upon check in.
Cuba is a country that has been inaccessible to Americans for decades and it is important to go into the Cuban experience with an open mind and make the most of every moment. The increased interest in Cuba has placed heavy demands on limited resources and infrastructure which may result in lower standards of hotels and amenities than you're accustomed to. Temporary power outages, low water pressre, limited air conditioning are not uncommon in Cuba.
It is important to remain flexible as some changes to the itinerary may be necessary while on tour due to situations beyond our control. Keep in mind, the purpose of this trip is to have meaningful interactions with the locals. Many places you will visit are not typical tourist destinations and thus are not always accessible. If a planned people-to -people exchange isn't available, it will be replaced with another one just as enriching and your full people-to-experience will be preserved.
These are exciting times in Cuba your travels to Cuba is both historic as well as culturally diverse. For more information on Cuba tune into "Its Your Time 2 Travel, February 5 or February 19, 2019 at 8 pm on talktainmentradio.com or bit.ly/Sxlinr for additional information.
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