I heard once that there was a ferry from DR to Cuba. Maybe it was PR, cant remember. Its not information I ever planned to make use of so I didnt pay much attention.
Oh, this is sooooo foolish...
Thanks for the reminder, yes, I guess I had forgotten about how stupid our foreign policy towards Cuba is/was... However, I guess my question was really - I had heard that they (meaning CUBA) do NOT stamp the US passports of incoming people and that - well, if you carry cash, how will they know if you go from here? I do assume that we are going to CHANGE that Cuba policy soon,,,,, and since civil disobedience is a long and proud tradition,,.just wanted any info.......
Originally Posted by curiosita
That restriction is about to be lifted, according to Mrs. Clinton.
you are correct, the Cuban gov't won't stamp the passport when you get there. However, won't the DR gov't stamp your passport when you leave DR? Won't they also stamp your passport when you return to the DR from Cuba?
Originally Posted by mountainannie
A US Customs official may question this. When you return to the US, there is a form you fill out that asks where else have you visited while in DR.
my post is in no way saying you should or should not do it. Just look at the situation from every angle.
One last thing I want to clairfy, it is NOT illegal for a US Citizen to visit Cuba. It is illegal for a US citizen to spend money in Cuba.
You can visit Cuba if you can provide documentation that someone will sponsor your visit there. For example, a Dominican family member or friend who is not restricted can do this for you. Paperwork and red tape is involved so some people tend to just go illegally and risk it.
thanks so much
thanks so much, Carlos, for that- I hadn't even thought about the gap in my passport- Never thought that they looked that hard at it -- but now, of course, I would ALWAYS think about it and then be really really nervous and look like a terrorist so of course they would scour my passport.....
Originally Posted by carlos
scratch Cuba til they change the policy.
Delta Hold the rights to flight to Cuba...right now as a Charter because the embargo...but after that they will operate that route.
Originally Posted by edm7583
I'm Canadian I went to Cuba in 2005, and they only stamped my tourist visa card and not my passport. Is there a reason for this? because as you all know there is no embargo for Canada to Cuba.
"One last thing I want to clairfy, it is NOT illegal for a US Citizen to visit Cuba. It is illegal for a US citizen to spend money in Cuba."
Quoting "Carlos": above.
It is impossible to travel to a foreign country and not spend money.
Look around and find the answer. There are several, depending on your circumstances.
Perhaps they do this for everybody to lessen the chance of making a mistake when handed a passport by somebody who is not supposed to be there.
Originally Posted by tink23
You can travel with a well-to-do dominican and claim he has gifted you a trip to cuba. I have personally seen americans who travel to cuba on regular basis from Dr and canada. i know of guys who have gone there 4 times a year and have spent a great length of time there. One person travels from canada to havana regularly. he is an american passport holder.
So what is this fuss about getting caught? The only people who have been caught were the ones who brought back some merchandise from cuba or had a stamp or something very obvious. remember there are some people who do stupid things. They travel with a brand new passport with only 2 stamps in it. they they get caught by the gap in traveling. Example: they get a new passport. they enter DR and get an entrance stamp. then they go to cuba so upon leaving DR they get an exit stamp with date posted on it. They spend 4 days in cuba and come back to DR and get another entrance stamp posted with date. Then they leave DR so they get another exit stamp with date posted. now they come to USA and get their first arrival stamp. With only 4 stamps from DR and empty time out from DR to no where entrance stamp, it raises red flags.
So passports with high number of stamps will become challenging for the immigration office to put things in real time frame. So you get away. this is my understanding.
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