US State Dept. Recommends Canceling Trips to Cuba

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HAVANA TIMES – The US State Department issued a warning today urging US citizens to avoid traveling to Cuba, severely hit by Hurricane Irma, reported dpa news.

The State Department noted that there are numerous areas in Havana where there is no electricity or potable water supply, as well as considerable damage outside the capital.

The United States does not allow its citizens to engage in tourism in Cuba, but certain categories of travel are allowed, including visits by Cuban-American families, educational trips, and cultural exchanges.

However, in a forum on the Facebook page of Havana Times several US citizens and people from other countries differ on whether its a good idea to maintain travel plans to Cuba and make their suggestions. We encourage you to go on to the page and add your opinion.

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9 thoughts on “US State Dept. Recommends Canceling Trips to Cuba

  • You have to change your paradigm. For example, the NFL player, JJ Watts of the Houston Texans, immediately organized a relief charity that has raised tens of millions of dollars for displaced Houstonians. I can’t name a single rich or famous Cuban who has done the same for Cuba. There may be such an effort going on, I just don’t know about it. Instead, 3 generations of Fidelismo has left Cubans, inside and outside of Cuba waiting for the Castros to do everything. As far as I have heard, and I have asked around, there is no non-governmental relief effort organized. No international charity set up. No celebrity telethon. That’s the price a society pays after a 3 generations of government handouts when facing the aftermath of a tragedy like this. No individual initiatives. It’s every man for himself.

  • Although you responded to Carlyle Ellis, I think your comment abouyt spraying homes in Cuba was addressed to me Ginni. The control of mosquitoes is as you know a massive problem involving everything from chemistry to genetics.
    Yes, in Cuba teams were formed in each area to endeavor to combat those pesky critturs to reduce in particular chances of Zika. As I earlier indicated, Cuba has a history of public health concerns dating back to Dr. Carlos Finlay.
    So, yes, what happens is that a grey uniformed man or woman arrives at the door to tell you that they are about to spray and everybody plus in our case the dog, has to get out of the house for 45 minutes. (We go and sit on our patio).
    A masked man then arrives with a motorized pump, starts the noisy engine and sprays the interior of every room. This takes only a short time. The ticket which is affixed to the interior of the entrance door is then dated and initialled. When the system first started they used to enter the house looking for still water (for example on the back of the refrigerator or around potted plants and add chemicals, then that was succeeded by the system described.
    As one with some knowledge of pest control I wonder about the efficacy of the system, for in my experience mosquito control requires killing the larvae in still waters. Canada is a country with much knowledge and experience of mosquitoes (the further north you go, the BIGGER they get) and within Canada the City of Winnipeg (shades of Winnie the Poo) which has two slow flowing rivers and much low lying lake and pond areas, is notorious for the pests. There the concentration is upon spraying the breeding areas to destroy the larvae with trucks driving down the streets spraying outside, not inside.
    So Ginni, I am a touch dubious about the Cuban system – but at least they try! As we have slats not glass windows, we still have the odd ZZZzzzzz in the night!

  • What are some local relief efforts happening? I would like to still travel and help but it’s been difficult to get in touch with local relief efforts.

  • Yes, both Texas and Florida that are in hurricane victims and tropical climates as CUBA is will have to be hypervidulent about everything. I rode out KATRINA here in Biloxi, MS so I have a lot of recall what we went through. The CDC Center for Disease Control will be well enforce to pursue any out break of anything. I was not aware that your homes are sprayed every 10 days. Thanks for sharing that.

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