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Spanish Language Homestay Immersion Programs in Santiago de Cuba
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In March 2016, President Obama announced that educational "people to people" trips did not need to be taken with a licensed group; instead, individuals may take educational trips of their own design, without having to get permission from the government in advance. Travelers who take these trips must keep records of what they did in Cuba for five years.
Despite what you may have heard, the Trump administration has not made it illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba. It's just a bit more complicated. Learn more here.
This Homestay Spanish Immersion Program qualifies as a people-to-people trip because you will take Spanish lessons every day, live with a Cuban family, visit cultural sites, etc. All these activities “… facilitate cultural exchange and promote contact with the Cuban people, support for civil society…”
Santiago de Cuba was established in 1515 and was Cuba's most important Spanish settlement until Havana gained prominence in the mid-sixteenth century
All visitors to Cuba require a tourist card which can be acquired in the Cuban consulates or in the authorized travel agencies and airlines. The tourist visa is valid for an entrance and exit from Cuba and lasts for 30 days. The counting starts on the arrival date to Cuba, with the possibility to extend it for it for other 30 days. This can be done in the Cuban Immigration Office (Dirección de Inmigración y Extranjería)
New rules allow Americans to travel independently to Cuba on what they call “Support for the Cuban People” trips.
US Citizens: The latest on Travel to Cuba
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Download Maps.me, an amazing free map app for Cuba, before you come. Wifi is extremely hard to come by in Cuba. Galileo is another fantastic offline vector map option
The Cuban government requires U.S. tourists to apply for a visa (tourist card), handled by U.S. tour operators on behalf of their clients. Americans need a passport that doesn't expire until at least six months after their Cuba trip is completed.