Since well before I was born , there’s been a travel embargo to Cuba for US citizens. Today, we may have moved closer to a change in that long-standing policy.
First and foremost, it’s great that he’s being reunited with his family after such a long time.
President Obama is scheduled to address the country about Cuba shortly, and it makes me wonder if there’s a potential thaw in relations that may lead to free travel for US citizens to Cuba.
Shortly after the news story came out, my sister contacted me. She’s a bit of a nomad, always in search of a great place to sail or explore. She’s been to Cuba and loved it. But, I can recall helping her plan those flights. You have to travel to somewhere outside the US on a separate ticket and then board a different flight bound for Cuba. It may seem odd, but it’s not uncommon for US citizens to fly North to Canada to then fly South to Cuba.
The airlines would likely welcome open travel to Cuba as a means of increasing profits with a new desirable destination close to the US.
The current administration has shown a desire to end what is largely a US-only effort to punish Cuba, but the capture and imprisonment of Alan Gross complicated matters. With that issue hopefully in the rear view mirror, Cuba might be on the horizon.
Have you been to Cuba? Would you go if the travel ban was lifted?