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So, this is kind of a random question, but have any of my American flisters ever gone to Cuba? Or, non-American flisters tried to go to Cuba while living in the US?

Like, I realize you can't exactly catch a flight to Cuba from the US, but would you get in trouble at the boarder if you were honest with the boarder guard that you were leaving the country to head over to Cuba (with a non-American passport)?

This is mostly theoretical at this point, but I want to go on a tropical vacation, and Cuba's my first choice at the moment but I want [personal profile] raxhel to come with me, and she's living and working in the US right now. I figured that meant we couldn't go but some people at work seemed to think it wouldn't be a problem for her to go, since she's Canadian. Still seems risky to me though....

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bonniebb
Sep. 16th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
To go to Cuba from the US, you must first travel to Canada or Mexico and then continue on to Cuba from there. US citizens should request that Cuba *not* stamp their passport. Non-US citizens can get the stamp just fine, but still need to travel to Cuba from either Canada or Mexico if they are currently in the US.
paraka
Sep. 16th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm just wondering what would happen if they found out you went to Cuba. According to here: "Transactions related to tourist travel are not licensable. This restriction includes tourist travel to Cuba from or through a third country such as Mexico or Canada. U.S. law enforcement authorities enforce these regulations at U.S. airports and pre-clearance facilities in third countries. Travelers who fail to comply with Department of the Treasury regulations could face civil penalties and criminal prosecution upon return to the United States."

I think maybe it's not worth the risk for a vacation :(
stargate_sg1sg1
Sep. 16th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Do the Americans ask why you are leaving? I thought that it was just when you got over the bridge that the Canadians asked why you are entering the country. If they do ask just say I am going on vacation or returning home for a visit. You can leave out the flying to Cuba part, because you are going on vacation so you aren't really lying.
paraka
Sep. 16th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
They ask what you did when you come back. And, I guess I'm just worried if she got caught, because according to the US Department of State, if you're caught traveling to Cuba, even through a different country, like Canada, you can face civil penalties and criminal prosecution when you return to the US. :|

That would be a sucky thing for raxhel to lose her job over.
stargate_sg1sg1
Sep. 16th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Just say she was on vacation, don't worry about it. I also highly doubt they would actually file a suit for going there. That is even if they used their resources to even find out that she went there.
paraka
Sep. 17th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Well, that certainly not a decision I can make for her. I'll let her know about what I found and she can decide. But honestly we'll likely just end up going somewhere else instead.
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