Sooo…. every friend who knows I am a Cuban American has been lovely about congratulating me on the move toward re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. They then comment on how happy I must be that I will now be able to easily travel to Cuba,
Unbeknownst to most people, for many years U.S. (born) citizens have had the ability to travel to Cuba through the People-to-People licenses that many travel agencies have received through the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury. Yes, YOU TOO, if you have a valid U.S. passport, can visit the beautiful island if you contact one of these licensed travel agencies. Did YOU know that?
I am happy to say that some of my friends visited my birthplace because I made them aware of this possibility.
I, on the underhand, cannot take advantage of this opportunity because —- wait for it! —- I am actually from Cuba!!!! Who knew, or better, who would believe, that because I was actually born in Cuba, I have more restrictions than any typical U.S. citizen.
Oh, and did I say that I AM A U.S. CITIZEN?
Yes, I am. And have been for decades. And I have a valid U.S. passport.
But, for me, it is not quite as simple as it is for you, my fellow Americans.
Oh, well. In Washington, D.C., the Cuban flag has been raised over an embassy that been closed for 50 years. It is 2016, and word is that the Cuban government will pull back some of the tight cordon of security on Cuban Americans.
I can only hope, right?
Stay tuned for more on this confusing situation!