Originally Posted by svjustus
My husband & I (both US citizens with US passports) have been asked to be crew on a sailboat registered in New Zealand (owner of boat has New Zealand passport) leaving from Florida and going to Cuba.
We will have to fly back to Florida from Havana.
The question is, does anyone know what the regulations
We would not be spending any money
or bringing anything back from Cuba.
Just curious as to the procedure. Thanks for your replies!!
Once I am finished refitting my boat Cuba, the Gem of the Caribbean
is one of my planned destinations. However, there have been conflicting reports concerning the ramification Americans will incur if they travel there. Talks with some US boats that have traveled there mention that they get around not being able to spend money by having a non US citizen on board.
I’m sure my Canadian brother-in-law will be up for it…
Check out this site. I have posted a couple of excerpts. I myself would like to hear from other US boats and hear what they experienced on entry and with US customs
Americans in Cuba - Wikitravel
Although the government
of Cuba permits U.S. citizens to visit, the U.S. itself restricts its citizens from traveling there, except with a license
issued by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control . The specific restriction is against spending money in Cuba. However, U.S. authorities consider any visit of more than one day to be prima facie proof that one has spent money there. Furthermore, OFAC also holds that U.S. citizens also may not receive goods or services for free from any Cuban national, eliminating any attempts to circumvent the regulation based on that premise.
There are no regular ferries or boats to Cuba from foreign ports
, although some cruise
liners do visit. Yachters are expected to anchor
at the public marinas
. Also, most ports
are closed and tourists are not permitted to walk around them. Private vessels may enter at Marina Hemingway in Havana or Marina Acua in Varadero. Entry requires a U.S. passport, but there are no visa requirements. Your passport will not be stamped by Cuban authorities unless you request it. You will likely be intercepted upon your return to America and fined $5000, although this is just a formality. You will not be expected to actually pay this fine nor have there been any repercussions or attempts to collect. The only attempt to prosecute was the case of Peter Goldsmith v. United States. This case was dismissed with prejudice in late 2004 in the Miami