UPDATE: August 23, 2018
State Department softens Cuba travel advisory again
After reported "sonic incidents" impacting U.S. diplomats in Cuba, the U.S. State Department reduced embassy staff and issued a Level 4 Travel Warning ("Do not travel"), advising U.S. citizens against travel to Cuba. An investigation later showed no evidence of any attacks, and the travel warning was downgraded to a Level 3 Travel Advisory ("Reconsider travel") on January 10, 2018.
On August 23, 2018, the Cuba travel advisory was further downgraded to a Level 2 Travel Advisory ("Exercise increased caution"), the same advisory currently in effect for Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.
Further, the U.S. State Department rates Cuba as a “low-threat” for terrorism and a “low-threat” for political, economic, religious and ethnic violence.
Cuba remains one of the safest countries in the world for tourists to visit, with millions visiting safely every year, including a record high of 620,000 U.S. citizens in 2017. Our travelers have repeatedly stated that they felt very safe in Cuba.
A series of “sonic incidents” impacted U.S. diplomats during a period of ten months from November 2016 to August 2017. There is still no clear understanding of the nature and cause of these incidents. During this ten-month period, over 500,000 U.S. travelers safely visited Cuba.
Cuba named world’s safest destination to visit
Did you know that in January 2018 Cuba was awarded the Excelencia Award as the “Safest Country” in the world for travelers to visit at the annual International Tourism Fair in Madrid, Spain?
A March 2018 study showed that of nearly 500 U.S. travelers who visited Cuba in 2017 and 2018, 99% felt safe or very safe while in Cuba. Less than 1% felt unsafe and zero respondents felt very unsafe.
Our guests’ safety is of utmost importance to us, and we would never hesitate to cancel travel arrangements at the slightest indication of any threat to public safety. There is not and has never been evidence of any threat to tourists.