Travelling To Cuba The Hard Way
Replies: 37 - Last Post: Jun 25, 2013 4:52 AM Last Post By: quilombo
Jun 17, 2013 7:51 PM
15#1 Bob, vessels come and go to Cuba from the US all the time. In fact it is quite legal even for a US citizen and registered vessel to go to Cuba and return if they do not spend any money in Cuba. A non-citizen can go to Cuba and not worry about it as long as they don't have Cuban good with them. Its a de facto travel ban that can be skirted if you don't spend money in Cuba and in a boat that moors outside of a paid marina is the way to go without a license.
As for Chloe, she is cute so I envy the jellyfish who got to wrap their tentacles around her.
Jun 18, 2013 5:11 AM
16I thought this myth (if you don't spend money) had been put to rest year's ago. Apparently, not.
So you moor outside of a marina, if they let you. Do you disembark and enter Cuba ? If you do, you buy a tourist card. You've spent money.
There are ways to skirt the travel restrictions but, none legally, without a license.
Remember, the onus is on YOU to prove you didn't spend any money, if the government chooses to go after you (hardly likely these days).
Jun 18, 2013 11:48 AM
17How about you anchor off of Matanzas and swim or tender to shore with a few beers and a sandwich in your backpack and have lunch on Cuban soil then back to your boat, what US law have you broken? Yes, of course you may be breaking Cuban law by entering without a tourist card, but the point is that it is not a travel restriction, but a spending US jurisdictional funds.
In any case, none of this applies to Chloe or her boat unless it is a US registered vessel or she has a US visa.
Jun 18, 2013 1:19 PM
18As soon as you enter Cuban waters you will be instructed to sail into a marina. You think you can sail to Cuba and not attract anyone's attention. Well maybe if you have a very fast boat, do it at night, and get out of there real fast....lol
Maybe things have changed but even moving between marinas required permission and strict protocol such as no stopping along the way or deviating from your course.
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Jun 18, 2013 5:24 PM
21Funny that my friends mom just landed here on one of those very boats, perhaps is was the Havana-Miami ferry or perhaps a fairy tale. They have always prosecuted in the US if they caught them, nothing has changed. You sure know a lot for a Canadian eh? :-) You are correct that by paying the mooring at the marina you are in violation of the law, but really, its done all the time without an issue.
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