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For the first time since 1961, Washington, D.C. and Havana are on speaking terms again. ¡Viva diplomacia!
This historic step comes on the heels of President Obama having met Raul Castro in April, and then announcing in May that Cuba was to be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. And now we’re going to have embassies in each other’s countries! That’ll mean US citizen support, passport (and possibly visa) services and overall a major step forward in the effort to rebuild relations.
Now, we’re sure that you’ve been hearing it all over the news, so let’s get down to what we all really want to know: How soon can we go to Cuba, and how is that going to work now that the ice of the Cold War is officially a puddle on the floor?
As The Points Guy previously reported, the Obama administration has been easing travel restrictions to Cuba for a while, but they hadn’t yet figured out how they were going to handle the new reduced travel restrictions. But when Havana finally gets regularly scheduled commercial service from the US, it’ll make for a perfect 4,500 Avios one-way destination on American Airlines. Meanwhile, Cancun and Grand Cayman make easy connecting ports.
And if you want to take it slow, there are also ferry services that will be ramping up their schedules in anticipation of the flood of tourists sure to come.
For more information on Cuba, check out these posts:
Is it Safe to Visit Cuba? Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
My Amazing Experience Exploring Trinidad, Cuba
Casa Particulares: One Incredible Weekend with Three Cuban Families
5 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent for Visiting Cuba
10 Types of People Who Need To Visit Cuba Now
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.