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Travel tips for Cuba-bound yachts

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By Michael T. Moore

The travel to Cuba scene and business in Cuba scene (the new power curve) continues to develop rapidly.

Homeland Security has been fantastic. We had 16 permits issued this week and not once has Homeland Security failed to issue a permit in a timely fashion.

But you still need to file your application for a permit 21 days in advance of your trip if possible.

Here are some things that came up this week so make a note:

  1. No firearms, drugs, pornography or pets.
  2. Cash in U.S. dollars, the current interpretation seems to be no more than $5,000 per person onboard.
  3. Keep receipts of items you and your guests purchase in Cuba
  4. Hemingway Dockmaster monitors VHF Channel 16
  5. Ask for permission to enter when 12 miles out
  6. Do not use your SAT phones; wrap them up and tape them so it is clear you do not intend to use.

The Hemingway Billfish Tournament (June 13) is completely sold out with over 100 boats going over.

We are now assisting clients on Fishing Tournaments planned for later in June and July.

Clients have reported that the El Aljibe restaurant has amazing chicken dishes!

Michael Moore is a maritime and aviation lawyer at www.moore-and-co.com and chairman at International Seakeepers Society.

For more photos of Cuba visit Ft. Lauderdale-based Photographer James Schot’s website:www.jamesschotgallerystudio.com

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  1. John Wampler

    Is the a company that can guide us towards the 12 OFAC qualifiers for owners and guests to qualify for for visiting Cuba?

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