Last week, the U.S. State Department released a travel warning advising its citizens not to travel to Cuba. There have been reports that a number of diplomats became ill after suspected sonic attacks against U.S. government officials in Havana. These attacks reportedly occurred in the homes of government officials and in hotels where American diplomats were staying. No tourists were harmed.
Something strange is definitely afoot as even Canada is admitting to diplomats suffering similar symptoms. Unlike its southern neighbour however, the Government of Canada has not advised travellers to stay home. This leads us to believe the U.S. State Department’s warning is a smokescreen for another agenda. Namely, to justify rolling back Obama-era changes and diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Regardless of intentions or agendas, the reality is a warning exists. The tourism industry is not taking it lightly, either. CNBC reports that most of the travel industry is sticking with their Cuba trips, and Skift (a travel industry news site) agrees. In addition, major tour operators like Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, and Exodus Travels are all sticking by their booking conditions, with slight relaxation of terms for clients who wish to change bookings with more than enough notice.
Along with these airlines and tour operators, OUT Adventures will continue to operate tours within Cuba for the 2017/18 season. There is no change to the way Cuban tourist cards are issued, and no other countries (such as Canada, Australia and the U.K.) have issued travel warnings.
For more information, please visit the official U.S. travel website.
The Out Adventures team