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Legal Independent Cuba Travel Cuba Still Allowed Under Trump Rules Posted in June 16, 2017

Havana VIP Legal Independent Cuba Travel

U.S. Persons can still travel to Cuba 100% legally under the new Trump Administration Rules.  In fact, the new guidelines mean basically ZERO changes for us here at Havana VIP. We’ve always been 100% compliant with U.S. regulations governing travel to Cuba, and always will be. We’re so confident in our compliance, that we’ll guarantee it.  More on this later.

If, however, you’re a do-it-yourself traveler using TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet to bootstrap your way to Cuba so you can hang out at a resort on Varadero Beach drinking mojitos and puffing Cohibas, you’re out-of-luck.  But really, contrary to much of the misinformation that’s been published on the internet, beach tourism to Cuba was never allowed under Obama-era rules either.

As we explained in a blog post over a year ago, legal independent Cuba travel by U.S. Persons is subject to the Cuban Asset Control Regulations (CACR) issued  by the U.S. Department of The Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). Under the Obama Administration. Those regulations define 12 categories of authorized travel for U.S. Persons who must be engaged in a full-time itinerary of activities pertinent to their reason for travel.  The most commonly used reason for travel to Cuba by U.S. Persons has been the “People-to-People” category.  That’s also the category that’s been most abused by U.S. Persons traveling to Cuba during the Obama-era.  At Havana VIP, most of our clients travel to Cuba under the “Informational Materials Exchange” category which allows travel to Cuba for collecting fine art.

Long story short: for clients of Havana VIP the proposed new Trump rules will cause little to no effect on their travel to Cuba.

At this point, the new rules proposed by Trump are only proposals.  They have not yet been actually drafted as regulations, and so are not yet in effect. According to the Trump admin, new rules will be drafted within 90 days.  As far as meeting the new proposed requirements for travel to Cuba, Havana VIP’s practices and itineraries already comply with the proposed requirements as we understand them to be.

Requirements for 100% Legal Independent Cuba Travel:

1)  We maintain full-time itineraries of activities pertinent to our clients’ reason for travel to Cuba.

2) Most of our clients reason for travel to Cuba is not under the “people-to-people” category, but rather under the “informational materials exchange” category which allows travel to Cuba for collectors of fine art.

3) We do not provide recreational time in excess of what is reasonably considered a full-time itinerary of activities.

4) We maintain full records for all expenditures made for our clients’ travel while in Cuba.

5) We do all of our business transactions with private small businesspeople in Cuba.

6) We do essentially no direct business with GAESA, the Cuban Military-owned conglomerate that is the main target of the proposed new Trump rules.

We certainly appreciate and share our clients concerns about these compliance matters, and we want you to rest assured that we at Havana VIP cut no corners when it comes to the letter of the law.  We have engaged experienced counsel at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, one of the best law firms in Washington DC when it comes to OFAC compliance.  They are reviewing our compliance with OFAC regulations, and will keep us on the straight and narrow.

We’re so confident that our legal independent Cuba travel is 100% compliant with OFAC rules that we offer a 100% money-back guarantee:  If you travel to Cuba with Havana VIP, and while in Cuba follow your itinerary closely, and do not violate any of our Terms & Conditions for Travel, Havana VIP will refund you 100% our fees in the unlikely event that you were to be fined by OFAC.

So, don’t put-off your travel to Cuba any longer. Contact us today to start arranging your 100% legal trip to Cuba – guaranteed.

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We have just returned from a trip to Cuba, arranged by Tony and HavanaVIP. Three couples traveled to Trinidad and Havana, with a particular focus on upcoming Cuban artists. Every plan and arrangement happened flawlessly - guides and drivers were always on time, helpful and endlessly cheerful. Ernesto was our first guide in Trinidad, and he could not have given us a nicer introduction to this amazing country - both the history, and the social state of things today. Attending...

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Glo Harris

My daughter and I travelled together. She was celebrating her 50th BIRTHDAY. From beginning to end this 5 day trip was magical: planning with Tony was seamless, he took care of each detail just as we discussed, his knowledge of Havana was thorough and his attitude patient and sensitive...and I can be annoying with myriad questions. The guides were the best we have had anywhere, the accommodations on the Malecon comfortable. We particularly enjoyed going to individual artists' galleries, most...

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Havana VIP sorted our honeymoon for us. Tony was a pleasure to deal with, and the activities he sorted out for us were perfect. Our guides - Kenia, Ginetet, Eduardo - and drivers - Damaso, Darvel, Eduardo - worked overtime to make us happy. Would highly recommend this company if you ever head to Cuba; they know what they're doing, and they make things simple. Unbelievable trip.

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Martha Whetstone

We just got back from Cuba and we highly recommend Havana VIP. The quality of the trip was first rate. The guides and drivers were just great and all went out of their way to make our trip run smoothly. The accommodations were all comfortable and we enjoyed our conversations with our hosts. We felt like we really got to see a variety of cities, towns, and countryside. We traveled with two doctors and the guide arranged for us to...

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Jacqueline Postell

Havana VIP made every aspect of travelling to Cuba a breeze. Working with Tony was effortless. Tony and I spoke about the things we were interested in experiencing and then was able to create a seamless itinerary that was startlingly impressive. We met the kindest people; our tour guide, Jorge Gonzalez Estrada and driver, Eduardo, were so knowledgeable, accommodating and welcoming, we felt like family by the end of the trip. The flow of the activities were well timed and...

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Lisa Mastronardi

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Havana VIP Tours did a fantastic job with our trip. My husband and I loved how everything was handled smoothly from the moment we arrived in Cuba until we left. The housing, the tour guides, the drivers, the dinners, and more were all fantastic and well planned out. We learned so much about Cuban culture and history and met some amazing people along the way. If you're looking for an immersive, informative and fun experience of Cuba, this is the...

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Tony & Havana VIP Tours did an outstanding job from inquiry to finish. We couldn't have asked for more. We were 8 people traveling (4 cousins) whose grandmother & aunts & uncles lived in Havana for 4 years prior to being allowed to enter the US from 1922 - 1926. So we decided to visit where they lived. My wife found the address & we said let's go. We contacted Tony and explained about our journey that we wanted. Tony...

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Josh Poling

My wife and I traveled to Cuba with my parents in November 2016. Tony and Havana did a great job coordinating a custom trip to meet our interests. All of the guides and drivers they set up were very professional. I honestly can't imagine travelling to Cuba any other way! We made sure all of our guides knew we wanted to experience the real Cuba and get off the beaten path, and they were always more than happy to oblige....

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Nancy Pettersen

From our first conversation with Tony we felt we were in the right hands. He listened to what we wanted down to small details like food and music, customizing our trip for 4 adults. The wonderful Cuban people who guided us through Trinidad, Cienfuegos, and Havana were interesting and a great highlight, even down to our Havana driver Pedro who was so much fun. We found our days informative, educational and great fun filled with history, culture and the arts...

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Elizabeth Furst Frank

Tony organized a fantastic family visit to Havana for us. Magalys was a wonderful guide - full of information, always on time, and very friendly. Lidice gave a family cooking lesson in traditional Cuban food. And we loved our family salsa dancing lesson as well. We highly recommend Tony and his team.

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Lj Pruitt

I struggled with finding a tour operator that understood the new laws for Americans to legally travel to Cuba. I called Havana VIP Tours and was pleasantly surprised to speak with someone that knew more than me – Tony. In addition, it was clear that Tony had a deep knowledge of places and things to do in Cuba.

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James West III

Having traveled extensively, allow me to say that in all aspects the service provided by Havana VIP Tours was the probably the best in all aspects; Communication, Logistics,Transportation, Lodging, On the ground support services, and, well, everything. Tony laid out what was to be offered in the Tour package, and unlike many in the business, he delivered to the most minute of details. His coordination of Flights was well taken care of, as well as necessary Visas. He communicated what...

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Judith Chevalier

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Paul Audia

An amazing experience from start to finish.

From the planning of the trip to the people we met and guided us through the country, this was an educational and informative trip filled with Cuban culture, history, and Art.

I'm not big on planned trips but I am so glad we found you and your team for this experience! Thank you!

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Deisy Suarez

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Our visit to Cuba was a fabulous experience. We learned so much about its interesting history, rich arts and culture through a very full and diverse set of daily activities. Our interactions with Cuban people were insightful. The trip took a lot of advance planning and precise scheduling by Tony and his Havana VIP Tours team. Our guides and drivers, as well as our hosts at the casa particulares, all took good care of us – special recognition for Hector,...

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