All travelers must have a passport valid for six months after your return to the United States. U.S. Citizens and Non U.S. Citizens are advised to check with their respective consulates as to visa requirement for the countries they are visiting. IWorld of Travel is not responsible for any delays, damages, losses,missed portions of tours or other missed services incurred by passengers who fail to obtain necessary travel documents.
RESERVATIONS, DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
Air/Land & Land Only Programs: A deposit of $500 per person is required in order to proceed with your reservations, together with Optional Insurance. Additional deposits may be required for other services appearing in this brochure and will be advised at time of booking.The balance is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Some Cruises and Lodges will have earlier final payment deadlines to be advised at time of booking.
GENERAL CANCELLATION PENALTIES PER PERSON PRIOR TO DEPARTURE (except Cruise Programs,Lodges & Special Hotels, per person)
Please note that the listing shown below is a general guideline of the penalties accessed for cancellations. These penalties may vary. Additional penalties may be charged by specific hotels and excursions during peak periods.
61 days or more prior to departure: $500 (per person)
60 – 31 days prior to departure: 50% (per person)
30 days or less : 100% (per person)
Cruises,Lodges and Special Hotels: Deposits, Cancellation, Penalties and any special condition will be advised at the time of booking.
A brochure tour offers set departures, itineraries and prices based on group participation. A custom tour is designed to meet your special needs and interests. Often, this will include all of the features of a group tour, but usually tailored for smaller groups from 2-8 participants.
We recommend that you purchase adequate and comprehensive insurance before departure. A comprehensive Travel Protection Plan offered by Travel Guard Insurance is available with all of our tour programs. The insurance covers the following: Accidental death and dismemberment: medical expense and emergency assistance; trip cancellation and interruption; trip delay; baggage loss and delay; 24 hour emergency assistance. Additional information will be sent with your initial invoice regarding costs according to your tour program.
“People to People” Travel
People to People travel is a unique program and currently one of the only legal ways to visit Cuba. This program was implemented by President Obama and it allows tour operators to receive a license, issued by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to run programs to Cuba. All People to People programs must include a full schedule of educational activities that allow Americans to meet and interact with local Cubans. It is designed as a unique educational experience, rather than being tourist oriented. You will see a range of arts organizations, schools, and projects on this program which will both allow you to interact with ordinary Cubans and gain a wider experience of Cuba’s culture, seeing things many tourists never do.
Why are you offering travel to Cuba?
Cuba is a fascinating country with a rich culture and heritage. Latour is a long established tour operator for travel to South and Central American markets. We are very happy that we are now able to offer this exciting destination to our customers.
Can I travel to Cuba without a group?
No, currently all travel to Cuba is done in groups. We are not currently able to offer individual travel to Cuba.
What kinds of programs are you offering to Cuba?
We are currently offering a general interest program to Cuba, as well as Jewish Heritage and LGBT interest programs.
How am I able to travel to Cuba?
Our programs to Cuba are legal as we operate under a license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). We operate under the General People to People license to run these special programs.
What is OFAC?
OFAC is the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. It oversees the issuance of licenses for travel to Cuba and enforces sanctions passed by Congress that are a part of American foreign policy and national security. Because these are economic and trade restrictions, all Cuba related travel is handled by OFAC. OFAC has given us a license to operate People to People educational exchange programs to Cuba.
Can I travel to Cuba with my children under 15?
We are only accepting children at least 15 years old on these programs.
Do I need a visa to travel to Cuba?
You are required to travel on a visa, also known as a Tourist Card. Latour will arrange a visa for you after your trip is booked. We will mail your visa and other travel documents before the group departs.
What documents do I need to travel to Cuba?
You will need a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return date. In addition, your airline tickets and your Cuban visa.
Will Cuban immigration stamp my passport?
The policy of the Cuban government is to not stamp the passport of Americans entering Cuba. If you want your passport stamped as a souvenir, you may request it from the immigration officer.
When I return to the U.S., what do I write on my immigration form?
You can write that you traveled to Cuba on your customs declaration form, just like you would when returning from any other country.
Can I spend U.S. Dollars in Cuba?
U.S. dollars and credit cards cannot currently be used in Cuba. You will not have access to any American bank accounts.
Will my cell phone work in Cuba?
Your American cell phone will not have any network signal while it is in Cuba. If your smart phone is unlocked, you can purchase a SIM card upon arrival in Cuba. Your smart phone can connect to the hotels’ WiFi in Havana but will not be working anywhere else in the country. There is no WiFi in Cienfuegos or Santa Clara.
Will I be able to explore Cuba on my own?
During the day, you are required to attend all activities, meals and events relating to the program. In the evenings, you can explore on your own.
Who are your guides in Cuba?
We use prescreened, handpicked licensed English speaking guides in Cuba.
Are there any precautions I should take when traveling?
No, other than normal safety precautions taken when traveling anywhere.
How are Americans received in Cuba?
Americans are generally well liked in Cuba. Many Cubans have American relatives. Most Cubans are friendly and happy to converse with visitors.
Is Cuba a friendly destination for LGBT people?
Popular opinion toward LGBT people is changing rapidly in Cuba and the country has a vibrant LGBT community.
Is Cuba a safe destination for women?
Cuba is extremely safe for female travelers and women can generally come and go as they please without being worried. We do recommend our travelers exercise their good judgment and travel with a friend if you will be out very late at night.
How do I fly to Cuba?
Multiple us carriers offer daily nonstop flights to Cuba from major gate ways throughout the US. These flights can be purchased on the internet or your local travel agent.
Can I pay for my flights with frequent flyer miles?
You will need to contact your preferred carrier for their policy regarding frequent flyer programs.
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How much baggage can I take on transatlantic flights? What about domestic flights within countries?
Transatlantic flights allow two checked bags per person, with neither to exceed 62 inches. In addition to are allowed to take one carry-on bag not to exceed 39 inches. Most airlines will not accept oversized roller-bags to carry on to the plane. When traveling between countries and on domestic flights within each country, baggage is weighed, allowing 44 pounds in economy and 66 pounds in First Class.
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The following credit cards are accepted for deposits and full payments: Visa, Master Card, Discover Card and American Express.
On many tours, we do accept children and offer children’s discount. And, we recently have developed many family vacations with special prices for children. In some cases, and in some destinations, children should be over the age of eight. Of course, we can customize a tour, designed for your specific needs and the ages of the children.
Can I use my Frequent Flyer mileage to upgrade to Business Class or First Class when purchasing an Air & Land tour from IWorld of Travel?
Since our Air & Land packages are based on special low-priced contract airfares, it is not possible to upgrade. However, please note that all of our tours indicate the amount of the “Land only” portion; you may purchase the land from us and then make arrangements for your own Frequent Flyer air ticket.