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Watch "An American In Cuba," our entertaining travelogue on the history of US-Cuban relations that follows Mike Cloonan as he travels around the island. 

​​​​ Join us in March 2017 for an in-depth tour of Havana, Cuba under the guidance of Innovative Immersions® founder Mike Cloonan, who has toured our Caribbean neighbor several times, while producing the travelogue documentary "An American in Cuba".  
 This "People-To-People" general licensed tour is specifically designed for American citizens and provides numerous, scheduled encounters with the Cuban people to learn about their lives and the changing relationship between our two countries.
  See where Hemingway was inspired to write some of his best known novels.
  Learn about agricultural practices and the production of the finest tobacco products in the world.
  Discover Old Havana and what this UNESCO World Heritage Site is doing, with international assistance, to preserve its rapidly decaying baroque and neoclassical architecture .
​  As the US and Cuba rediscover and redefine their relationship, we will learn directly from those on the ground what this may mean for both countries.
  This trip is operated under a General License for People-to-People Travel and led by Michael Cloonan, a U.S. citizen subject to U.S. jurisdiction and owner of an IATAN accredited U.S.-based travel agency.  The group has a full-time schedule of educational activities and records of the travelers and activities are maintained by Innovative Immersions®.  Details of the license requirements are listed here. ​​

General license for people-to- people travel. The travel-related transactions set forth in 1 C.F.R. § 515.560(c) and such additional transactions as are directly incident to educational exchanges not involving academic study pursuant to a degree program are authorized, provided that:
(1) Travel-related transactions pursuant to this authorization must be for the purpose of engaging, while in Cuba, in a full-time schedule of activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities;
(2) Each traveler has a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba;
(3) The predominant portion of the activities engaged in by individual travelers is not with a prohibited official of the Government of Cuba, as defined in § 515.337 of this part, or a prohibited member of the Cuban Communist Party, as defined in § 515.338 of this part;
(4) For travel conducted under the auspices of an organization that is a person subject to U.S. jurisdiction that sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people contact, an employee, paid consultant, or agent of the sponsoring organization must accompany each group traveling to Cuba to ensure that each traveler has a full- time schedule of educational exchange activities; andNote to § 515.565(b)(4): An organization that sponsors and organizes trips to Cuba in which travelers engage in individually selected and/or self-directed activities would not qualify for the general license.