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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiosita View Post
    As most are well aware, it is illegal for US citizens to travel to Cuba without special permission. Even on flights originating outside the US. Even if that US citizen is not a resident of the United States.

    In recent years U.S. law enforcement authorities have increased enforcement of these rules (who knows where Obama will take things). Plus, if you travel to Cuba illicitly you could face fines and/or criminal prosecution (250k/ 10 years) upon return to the United States. There are also several cases of professional licenses (eg. doctors, lawyers, teachers) being revoked for prohibited travel to Cuba.

    As we are living abroad, US citizens often forget this limitation. But, I know more than one individual who has gotten into trouble for this (including a friend whose passport got noticed because of stamps in the DR and Haiti... among other places.).
    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.......

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    That restriction is about to be lifted, according to Mrs. Clinton.

    http://www.dr1.com/forums/general-st...ing-up-us.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainannie View Post
    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.......
    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?

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlos View Post
    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?

    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, 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.....

    scratch Cuba til they change the policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edm7583 View Post
    I wouldn't hold your breath.


    The reason Cuba flights are so expensive is the total lack of direct competition. Cubana and AeroCaribbean (both state entites) have nearly total control of access to the island on all routes except Canada, where there is a little more competition from charters.

    From The DR there are, as far as I know 3 options

    Cubana SDQ-HAV on an utterly decrepit Soviet aircraft with service only once or twice a week
    AeroCaribbean with ATR propeller service from SDQ-SCU (I think this is only once a week)
    Copa, via Panama. Which is just as expensive if not more, but you will have an infinitely better chance of making it alive than on the Cuban airlines, but considering you have to fly all the way to Panama, than another flight almost equally as long to HAV, no wonder why its so expensive.

    Besides charters, relatively few foreign airlines serve Cuba.
    Mexicana via Cancun
    Bahamasair via Nassau
    Taca via San Jose, Costa Rica
    Copa, via Panama City
    Air Canada via Toronto
    Air Jamaica
    Cayman airways
    Iberia via Madrid
    Air Europa via Madrid

    All flights to/from the US are charters. (A US travel agency licensed by the US government to transport eligible passengers to Cuba charters an entire aircraft and sells seats on the plane.) US Customs goes through absolutely everything baggage wise(you are strictly limited to 44lbs your own personal effects including cabin baggage) and interviews passengers before departure. Most of the travel agencies require arrival at the airport 6 hours before departure.
    Delta Hold the rights to flight to Cuba...right now as a Charter because the embargo...but after that they will operate that route.

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    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.

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    "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.

    See: travel.state.com

    Look around and find the answer. There are several, depending on your circumstances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tink23 View Post
    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.
    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.

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    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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