Cuba Travel Warning
September 29, 2017
A series of “incidents” impacted US and Canadian 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 US travelers safely visited Cuba.
There is no evidence of any threat to US travelers. Cuba remains one of the safest countries in the world, even safer than the United States in many respects. 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. At this time, there is simply no evidence of any such threat.
We continue to operate our private journeys with our next departure on October 1st, 2017.
US Political Response
The US Embassy in Cuba will reduce diplomatic staff by 60% and stop processing United States visas for Cuban citizens. The US Embassy in Cuba will maintain a diplomatic presence to assist with emergency services for US citizens. The Trump administration has not blamed Cuba for the "incidents", and the United States and Cuba continue to cooperate in the ongoing investigation. US travelers may still buy Cuban tourist visas directly from US airlines at the airport on their day of travel to Cuba.
One US Congressman called the State Department decision a "dramatic overreaction".
US diplomats expressed their desire to remain in Cuba despite the unexplained incidents. The American Foreign Service Association, an organization that represents diplomats, opposed the reduction of diplomats stating that "there are health hazards everywhere and we want the same choice."
The Canadian government has no plans to remove diplomatic staff or issue travel warnings to Canadian citizens.
The Bottom Line
The Cuba travel warning is more about politics than safety. We are advising all travelers to move forward with their plans to travel to Cuba.