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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuba

Uh, thanks. You might want to take a look at Wikitravel:Cooperating with Wikipedia for more about how we like to link to wikipedia. 194.73.231.93 11:24, 20 Feb 2004 (EST)


Here's a link to a site I made about my trip to Cuba in January 2002

http://ltw.free.fr/cuba/Main.htm

(moved from article by Nils 13:33, 14 Apr 2004 (EDT))

Legality

I was under the impression that it's perfectly legal to visit Cuba, the only hitch being that it's illegal to spend any money as that would violate the sanctions...? Jpatokal 22:03, 21 Sep 2004 (EDT)

It's all explained (using gratuitously threatening language) in the US State Department link [1] I added. Generally though, I suspect they only go after conspicuous violators like peace activists. (I should probably add similar notes to North Korea and Iran, since I believe they are also on the "thou shalt not visit" list). -- Colin 23:46, 21 Sep 2004 (EDT)
I was under the same impression that Jpatokal had. I thought the only legal way to get in is if a non-US resident paid for trip, however, the American traveler would be prohibited from repaying the costs or working them off. Sapphire 23:43, 15 Apr 2005 (EDT)

That is strictly correct - though the traveller would need to prove they had not spent money (onus on them, not the US government). -- Beardo 01:11, 20 Feb 2006 (EST)

Related links

  • Cuba eXPlorer — Information about Cuba (mostly related to travel), picture galleries, daily news, forums, a directory of cubans sites and more]
  • Cuba Maps — Maps of all the provinces of Cuba, and maps of the major cities.]

Visas and legal issues

It was wrongly stated that the tourist card fee is payable on departure. There is a separate CUC 25 departure tax.

It is stated "Usually, your travel agency will give you a discount of those 25 CUC when booking an holiday arrangement." I don't believe that is true, and intend to delete the statement unless others can say that it is correct.

It was stated that the tourist card can be extended twice - again, not true - only one extension. (Unless everyone else that writes has got it wrong.)

-- Beardo 01:21, 20 Feb 2006 (EST)

US section

The link [2] does not seem to work.

I removed the statement "(Euro are changed 1:1, so it means at current exchange rates also a loss of around 6%)" as it is not correct. (Current rate 1.066 - http://www.bancopopulardeahorro.com/).

-- Beardo 01:31, 20 Feb 2006 (EST)

By car

The gas prices were wrong. I can't recall the correct price for Regular - I'll check tomorrow.

Money

I have taken out "Some advise to take Euros (EUR), because EUR exchange rate seems to be about 10% better than of US dollars. (Official rate in December 2005 was 1CUC=1.04 EUR=0.89 USD (before surcharge)). However taking the exchange rates between the USD and EUR into account the actual difference is only 5% and then still you have to pay commission when exchanging your USD into EUR." because it was confusing, may change from week to week and was a written from a US point of view.

-- Beardo 02:03, 20 Feb 2006 (EST)

The intro

Too much in the past; too much US. Why should a traveller want to visit Cuba now. The equivalent on world66 is a lot better. -- Beardo 23:36, 27 March 2006 (EST)

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