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I read about travel to Cuba by US citzens being ilegal ....as recent as 97 a bill was passed and signed by Pres. Clinten enforcing current laws with fines as much as $50,000 for anyone caught traveling there. I have read books explaning travel may be made through Canada,Mexico,Caymen Is.and Bahamans.My only concern is the ilegal part. I have also heard that travel to Cuba was OK but spending U.S. dollars is forbiden .Some people buy all-enclusive travel deals obtained in foriegn countrys or use foriegn currencies . Does anyone know the exact law ? Please enlighten me .

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    I read an article last Sunday in the Pittsburgh Press about US citizens visiting Cuba. It can be done legally. You have to apply for a special permit to visit. Wanting to go there on vacation isn't good enough reason for a permit. I think it has to be done thru the State Department.

    The article also stated that it was illegal for Americans to spend over $100 a day in Cuba and that INCLUDED room and meals. I figured that had to be a mis-print. You'd think they would want people spending money in their country.

    You can visit there by going from other countries, but once they swipe your passport, they'll know where you are and where you've been. I heard Cubans don't stamp passports, but I don't have $50,000 that I want to gamble on that one!

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    The United States does not directly ban people from travelling to Cuba. HOWEVER, before you go rushing off to make plans, the only Americans who are permitted to visit are academics, journalists, and people with family in Cuba. These people can visit the country only be obtaining a waiver, not through the State Department, but the Treasury Department (I believe the Office of Foreign Assets Control - they are the ones that impose the fines). Exceptions have been made, but it is rare. For example, last year President Clinton permitted Americans to go for the Pope's visit. Regarding the previous post, $100 a day is not a misprint; the restrictions the United States has placed on Cuba are finanicial. Also, remember, it is illegal for those who do not obtain a waiver to spend US money in Cuba. In addition, Cuba will not accept credit cards issued by American banks. Also, if you insist on go to Cuba through another country in spite of the restrictions, remember that the US does not have diplomatic relations with the country. Therefore, if you get into trouble, do not count on the US to bail you out. Frankly, as much as I would like to visit Cuba, I would not be that stupid as to circumvent the current restrictions, regardless of how I feel about them.

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