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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 01:14
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Wait, are you saying you're a US citizen and you made it into Cuba? How did that work?


No, I am not a citizen. But my girlfriend is and she travelled with us without any problems.

The Cuban immigrations does not stamp your passport. They issue a tourist card.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 01:25
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Wait, are you saying you're a US citizen and you made it into Cuba? How did that work?


No, I am not a citizen. But my girlfriend is and she travelled with us without any problems.

The Cuban immigrations does not stamp your passport. They issue a tourist card.


Is that even legal? What if US immigration finds out?
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 03:42
if you want something less posh - go to Dominicana. Been there last May with my wife and we both loved it. The white beaches lined with coconut palms were gorgeous.

It is also an interesting place from a historical point of view. Consider visiting the very first city of the New World, standing on the baclony of governors mansion overlooking the very first square of the New World, walking along the very first street of the New World, visiting the maucoleum of Columbus (also some people would argue that the remains of Columbus are authentic).They also have some very nice diving sites for the beginners.

There were also quite some Eurpean couples getting married right there on the beach!
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 04:02
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DJM wrote:
johnnyx9 wrote:
Wait, are you saying you're a US citizen and you made it into Cuba? How did that work?


No, I am not a citizen. But my girlfriend is and she travelled with us without any problems.

The Cuban immigrations does not stamp your passport. They issue a tourist card.


Is that even legal? What if US immigration finds out?


You worry too much....
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Well then how does she get back in to the country? I thought that was a serious offense, apparently not?
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 09:36
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Well then how does she get back in to the country? I thought that was a serious offense, apparently not?


we flew from Cuba to Bahamas and then to the US.

FYI: Visiting cuba is not an offense, since that would be curbing your freedom. However, spending US Govermnet issued currency is an offense. Thats how US limits its citizens going to Cuba.
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Interesting, didn't realize that.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 19:45
We went on our honeymoon last fall. We ruled out the Pacific islands due to travel time, as well as Europe. Since it was hurricane season we chose Mexico, and were really happy with Cabo San Lucas. There are probably better places out there to see, but we loved it. Every day we went into town for dinner and never got sick. Each day we enjoyed perfect weather, and were able to scuba dive, deep sea fish, or do just about any other activity for reasonable prices.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2007, 07:53
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Well then how does she get back in to the country? I thought that was a serious offense, apparently not?


we flew from Cuba to Bahamas and then to the US.

FYI: Visiting cuba is not an offense, since that would be curbing your freedom. However, spending US Govermnet issued currency is an offense. Thats how US limits its citizens going to Cuba.


I did not know that either. I thought you were not allowed to buy anything, which is a different issue. Can you use credit cards? I want to go to Cuba!
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2007, 08:36
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Although the government of Cuba permits U.S. citizens to visit, the U.S. itself restricts its citizens from travelling there, except with a license issued by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control. The specific restriction is against spending money in Cuba, however U.S. authorities consider any visit of more than one day to be prima facie proof that one has spent money there. Furthermore, OFAC also holds that U.S. citizens also may not receive goods or services for free from any Cuban national, eliminating any attempts to circumvent the regulation based on that premise.


http://wikitravel.org/en/Americans_in_Cuba
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2007, 09:45
Credit Cards issued by American Banks dont work. Cards from any other country should work.

We took care of our expensed in two ways, all the big expenses (hotel bills mainly) were pre booked by a traveling agency in Canada, which will accept American cards! (Since the agency is based in Canada)

For everything else, I converted Dollars to Euros BEFORE I reached cuba. There is a 10% fees of converting dollars in cuba and hence it can get pricy. Its Fidel's way of sticking it back to the Bush family.

I know its sounds complicated, but I really think its worth it. I am thinking of making another trip this april/may (once I am in).
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