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As you may have gathered from all the coverage this year, TPG is a huge fan of Cuba. His first trip to the island nation, which took place in January, was quickly followed by a second visit. While he definitely found the visits more than worthwhile, booking was (and still is) quite a hassle, though travel agents can you help you navigate the reservation process. Fortunately, that’s all about to change.

Cuba is about much more than amazing people and scenery. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Just this morning, the State Department announced that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to begin scheduled flights between the two countries. Charter flights will continue, but travelers should also eventually be able to book scheduled flights through airlines. Technically, US residents are still prohibited from visiting as tourists, but there are plenty ways around that temporary restriction.

It’s not clear exactly when scheduled air service will begin — the FAA will need to sign off as well — but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the major US airlines to begin operating regular flights sometime in 2016.

Are you planning a visit to Cuba?

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