In a go to to Little Havana in Miami, US President Donald Trump introduced a re-imposition of the ban on tourism by particular person People, in addition to tighter controls on commerce with the federal government of Raul Castro. The restrictions reverse many, however not all, of the embargo sanctions lifted by President Obama in early 2016.
The restrictions on particular person travel (which beneath the Obama deal allowed travel by people for academic or people-to-people pre-arrangements) will affect the surge of American tourism and US-based airline travel that in 2016 allowed greater than 600,000 People to go to the island nation as guests and vacationers. Canadians nonetheless far outpace that variety of guests, making properly over a million journeys to Cuba every year.
What’s going to this imply for Canadians visiting Cuba? It ought to imply much less congestion when searching for lodge and resort room house—which was getting cramped by growing numbers of latest vacationers from the US. And it could imply much less incentive for tourism suppliers to boost costs. Tourism analysts consider that when People enter any tourism market, retail costs rise.
There may be additionally the chance that builders, who’ve been increasing the variety of rooms in anticipation of a surge from the mainland simply 90 miles away on the closest level, could really feel the necessity to fill these rooms at decrease costs.
It’s going to imply a drastic cutback in scheduled American airline arrivals, which simply final 12 months underwent an enormous growth, when Cuba and the US authorities agreed to enlargement of airline touchdown permits all through Cuba. In truth, the enlargement had already begun to retreat even earlier than the latest announcement, because the variety of airline seats far outpaced demand. For Canadians this could have little affect, as air travel between Cuba and Canada continues to flourish.
Canadians can count on little change of their travel relations with Cuba. Journey Canada continues to warn that Canadian guests to Cuba should have their travel paperwork so as together with legitimate passports, vacationer playing cards which are accessible by way of their travel supplier, entry to ample money to deal with sudden emergencies, and personal travel insurance with protection past that supplied by their provincial well being plan. Journey Canada emphasizes that although proof of provincial travel insurance could also be ample to permit entry to Cuba, it doubtless wouldn’t be ample to cowl the prices of any critical medical emergencies, and Cuban authorities won’t enable anybody with excellent medical payments to depart the nation.
In order it seems at this level, don’t let the information of a re-imposition of US restrictions on travel to Cuba deter you from making your individual plans—as long as you travel instantly from and to Canada. No week-long facet journeys from Florida or Texas should you’re Canadian snowbirds. That may land you in an entire lot of hassle.
Have you ever discovered the right resort to your travels to Cuba? Congratulations! Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance.