U.S.-Cuba relations have come a long way this year, with new embassies, new charter flights, and new rules about visiting. But despite all of these developments, it’s still technically illegal for Americans to visit Cuba for tourism, and regular non-charter flights are yet to happen.
That, however, maybe changing.
This week Reuters reported that the U.S. wants a deal that would let U.S. airlines schedule flights “as soon as possible.”
Delegations will convene in Havana on Sept. 28-29 as the countries inch toward normal relations after more than half a century of hostility that followed Cuba’s 1959 revolution. The two nations restored diplomatic ties and reopened embassies this summer.
There’s no timeline on this, though the fact that the meeting is happening this month is exciting. There are also a lot of potential hang ups including security and legal complications. But in any case the fact that there is a desire to make this happen is promising.
Related reading: I interviewed Rick Steves about going to Cuba. This is what he said