Cuba Travel: Frequently Asked Questions

Check here first for Q&As about our Cuba people-to-people exchanges


Cuba is like virtually no other place on Earth: it is a mix of old and new. But it’s also on the cusp of rapid change and significant progress. With all the recent developments in the news you likely have questions about travel in Cuba. To help we’ve had Ralph Hammelbacher, our Vice President of Expedition Development and frequent Cuba traveler, answer the most common concerns. For additional questions please contact one of our Expedition Specialists.

Can I still travel to Cuba?
Cuba is welcoming and open for travel, and traveling on our people-to-people exchange is 100 percent legal and in compliance with U.S. regulations. According to Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism, 500,000 U.S. citizens and over 3 million other foreigner travelers have visited Cuba since January 2017.

Are you still running expeditions in Cuba?
The safety and well-being of our guests is our paramount concern and we have been closely monitoring the situation with help from a security consultant, as well as our contacts on the ground in Cuba. As a result of this assessment we will continue operating our Cuba By Land and Sea expedition as planned. Meeting the Cuban people and seeing their country is an extraordinary experience, and we’re delighted to be able to continue making this possible for our guests.

Is traveling to Cuba safe?
There is no evidence that any tourists have been targeted by the “sonic attacks” on U.S. and Canadian diplomats.

Can I still obtain a visa to visit Cuba?
Travel to and within the region has not been affected. Visas for Cuba are still being issued to U.S. citizens by the Cuban government. When you travel with Lindblad you will receive your visa (which is on a separate piece of paper) from our staff at Miami International Airport.

What if something happens while I’m in Cuba?
Emergency services continue to be available for U.S. citizens through the embassy in Havana.

What is known about the recent reported symptoms or how they are targeting individuals?
No one, including the U.S. government, knows exactly what has caused these symptoms. The symptoms, which were reported to have afflicted 24 U.S. diplomats, were first recorded in November 2016 and have happened as recently as August 2017. News of these health issues was made public knowledge by the U.S. Department of State in July.

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