Silver Airways: Goodbye Cuba

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Even though looser restrictions have made Cuba more accessible for Americans, travel to the island can still be confusing.

Silver Airways is stopping service to Cuba, with the final flight scheduled for April 16 of this year. This will end the 8 routes that the airline was operating from Ft. Lauderdale to Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, and Varadero.


Americans can still go to Cuba, but only if the trip falls within certain categories, such as visiting close relatives; to participate in academic programs, professional research, and journalistic or religious activities; or to participate in public performances or sports competitions. Americans can also go to organize a professional event or competition, to film and produce television programs and movies, to record music, and to create art in Cuba.

Travelers are able to go independently or with a tour operator on educational people-to-people trips, but they are expected to have a full-time schedule of activities with documents that prove how they will be spending their time while in the country. Ordinary tourism still remains off-limits.