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Why does the USA have a law like this?

That's so easily gotten around? Whats the point of having it then?

Going to Cuba from the USA directly is against the law for US citizens, however, its perfectly legal to go to Cuba via another country. Then why not just let people fly directly there?


Asked by Zoeyis at 5:55 AM on Jan. 2, 2011 in Travel

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  • It's sort of like this - because we're a free country, the US doesn't stop it's citizens from traveling there. BUT - since we don't have diplomatic relations with them, (or acknowledge them as a legitimate government) once you're there - you're on your own. There's no Embassy, no Consulate, etc that you can go to if, say, you get mugged and your passport is stolen, etc. By allowing flights directly there and back, then that would be saying, from the official government point of view, that would be the government version of saying that we do acknowledge the government of Cuba, and, therefore, we should have an Embassy, Consulate, etc there.

    This way - the govt is saying "hey, you're a grownup, go if you want, but you're on your own..."

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:14 AM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • I think it's more about the appearance of power than actually preventing anyone from traveling there.

    Answer by degsyuna at 7:23 AM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • Puerto Rico is different in a lot of ways, because it's a territory of the US, just like Guam and America Samoa. In a lot of ways, they have the best of both worlds - because since they're a territory and not a state (or DC) they don't have to pay taxes, etc - yet they can collect government assistance and stuff from the US government - that's the "plus". The downside is they don't get to vote in federal elections of have a voting member of the House of Reps or Congress.


    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:23 AM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • It does seem like a school yard type of argument otherwise, but I agree with Samurai's response. That seems more professional an answer.

    Answer by Mandz1 at 5:45 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • Don´t know for sure but I´m pretty sure it´s because Castro dislikes Americans and won´t allow flights from America.

    Answer by Syphon at 6:40 AM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • same logic then lol

    Americans can still go there, just not from the USA itself. So there seems little point in it.

    Comment by Zoeyis (original poster) at 7:17 AM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • But places like Puerto Rico are different because its still technically American soil?

    Comment by Zoeyis (original poster) at 8:18 AM on Jan. 2, 2011