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Ready, Set, Go to Havana - But New Regulations Make That More Difficult to Do

The Trump Administration changed the regulations covering travel to Cuba. Travel is still legal though considerably more restrictive. 

Most dramatically, no U.S. citizen may engage in commercial transactions with Cuban military entities. Since all hotels and restaurants are government-owned, the only stays legally allowed are in private homes available for rent. 

Known as casa particular, these homes, like Air B&B, can be spartan or comfortable but they are far less available than rooms in hotels.  

With this change, the U.S. seeks to put a strangle-hold on the Cuban economy. The situation is similar to what it was during the height of the Cold War, which was when I first visited. 

If you find a way to visit Havana and I hope you do, here is my article about why you should want to go and tips to help you while you are there.
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Over almost twenty years, I visited Havana three times, accompanying my wife along with a d…