Direct travel from the US to Cuba, which became possible again in December 2014 following more than 50 years of embargo, is about to be impacted in a major way yet again: on June 16, 2017, President Trump announced new restrictions that will limit the ability to visit the island country, located just 103 miles from Florida.
What Will Change?
Americans looking to travel to Cuba will no longer be able to visit without a specific license or outside an organized group. Instead of booking a flight independently, you’ll have to look up a travel organization that offers trips, such as Smithsonian Journeys, Cuba Educational Travel, and the Center for Cuban Studies.
What Has Changed Already?
Average daily searches for RT flights from the US to Cuba have seen a 39 percent decrease following the June 16 announcement as a share on Hipmunk.
- However, flight searches from the US to Cuba spiked 61 percent from the month prior as a share on Hipmunkon the day of the announcement.
Average daily searches for hotels have seen a 33 percent decrease following the June 16 announcement as a share on Hipmunk.
- As with flight searches, hotel searches spiked 111 percent from the month prior as a share on Hipmunk on the day of the announcement.
Experts estimate that it will take at least 90 days from the announcement for restrictions to take effect. For those fantasizing about taking a trip before the three months are up, here’s how much travelers are paying, on average, from the most-booked departure cities:
|2||New York City||$509|
|24||Salt Lake City||$427|
*Search Methodology: Hipmunk analyzed RT flight and hotel searches to Cuba post-announcement (June 17- July 24) and the equivalent amount of days prior (May 9 – June 15), in addition to searches the day of the restrictions announcement (June 16, 2017).