DIVIDENDS OF PERSISTENCE
Over the next four years, we tried several avenues to get the permission to go. The U.S. does not allow Americans to travel to Cuba as tourists, so first you need a reason to go that fits within the 12 categories of allowed activities. Every cruiser must obtain a CG 3300 “Application to Enter Cuban Territorial Seas” from the U.S. Coast Guard. For our extended travel we also had to get a BIS Export License which required approval from the Treasury Department, Homeland Security, Department of Defense, the State Department, the Department of Energy, Department of Justice, and the Intelligence Community. We advise anyone wanting to go to find both a lawyer familiar with the process and a Cuba travel guide company to pave your way.
Finally, we saw the amazing words “THE ABOVE PERMIT HAS BEEN APPROVED.” In 2017, our Fleming 65, Blue Pearl,