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December 17, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Take our poll: Should all travel to Cuba be opened up?

Cubans drive their 1950s cars to the beach near Havana. (AP photo by Ramon Espinosa, 2014)

Cubans drive their 1950s cars to the beach near Havana. (AP photo by Ramon Espinosa, 2014)

There’s a shakeup in the travel world, as President Obama has announced an easing of restrictions on travel to Cuba, part of a general thawing of relations with the island nation.

But while the thawing of relations announced Wednesday will allow for family visits, official U.S. government business and educational activities, changes notably do not extend to ending the general ban on tourist travel by Americans who simply want to go to Cuba on vacation.

An increasing number of travelers from the Pacific Northwest have been visiting Cuba in recent years as part of permitted educational or cultural tours. Others have simply skirted the rules by flying into Cuba on a foreign airline from Canada or Mexico, and Cuban authorities cooperate by not stamping American passports.

Should the two governments go all the way and open up tourist travel between the U.S. and Cuba? Take our poll, and click on “Comments” to add your thoughts — especially if you’ve visited Cuba in recent years.

Comments | More in Tourism industry | Topics: Americans visiting Cuba, Cuba tourism, Cuba travel

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