Cuba Travel Restrictions Won’t Disappear Immediately

(CBS) — Don’t rush to book that flight to Cuba just yet.

Despite the announcement of lifting the longstanding U.S. travel ban, there are still some restrictions. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look at what you need to know before you go.

The chance to visit Cuba, a country that’s been off limits for more than 50 years, is intriguing to many Americans.

While President’s Obama’s announcement of restoring diplomatic ties with the island nation opens the door for individuals to hop on a plane for vacation or business, it’s not immediate.

Kendra Thornton of Royal-Travel.com estimates it may take a year or two.

If and when travel restrictions are fully lifted, the American Society of Travel Agents predicts the number of Americans heading to Cuba will soar — an estimated 2 million by 2017.

Tom Popper should know. He operates InsightCuba, a travel agency that takes tour groups to Cuba legally. In the last 15 years, he’s only taken 10,000 people. He says web traffic and phone calls have surged this week.

It’s a pricey trip. Five to 13 days can cost $2,400 to $5,800 per person, double occupancy. And you have to stay with the tour group.

Book today and you’re traveling during peak season. You’ll find lower tour packages after April 15 until mid-November. You will need a visa but that usually comes with the cost of the package.

 

 

 

 

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