Although the previous administration made a concerted effort to restore relations with Cuba, making it significantly easier to visit the popular island destination as an individual traveler, the present government has worked to undo many of these steps.
As such, what many predicted to be a flood of American tourists descending on Cuba has dried up to a trickle, and it’s still one of the more difficult countries for U.S. citizens to visit.
There are several hoops that interested Americans will need to jump through, including not spending money at businesses tied to the military, which many hotels, stores and other businesses are. You also must select one of 11 travel categories that makes you eligible for independent travel, including “family visits,” “religious activities” or “humanitarian projects.”
The easiest to select is “support for the Cuban people”; for this, you must meaningfully interact with the locals, and keep records of the trip to show the American government if asked.
Getting to know the people of Cuba is, happily, a wonderful way to spend your vacation anyway.