Being that we were on only the second sailing to Cuba in over 60 years – we were fortunate that the cruise line discovered the “Self Guided People-to-People” option on the Affidavit for Travel to Cuba form and pointed it out to us! We were already on the ship and were asking if we would be allowed to do anything in Cuba on our own. They said that we would if we had checked both boxes on the Affadavit form! Oh NO! We had not! It is EASY to miss…. Especially when you are at the check in desk at the port and all you can think about is getting on the ship!! Thankfully we were able to re-do our form on the ship….
We wanted to do this quick post to help others avoid the mistake we made!!
It is really important that you check TWO boxes on the form! The only two boxes you will need to check are on Page One!
Pictured below is, page one of the Fathom Passenger Affidavit for Travel to Cuba that passengers are required to sign by the U.S. Government, for a deeper travel experience, one where you are not required to stay with the Group! If you check the appropriate boxes you can join any of the tours OR go out on your own to do things like ride in one of the Classic American Car Taxis or take a walk through Old Havana….
This is VERY important to know because you have to sign the Affidavit at embarkation. They will hand it to you, ask you to read, check appropriate boxes, and sign. You are required to keep a copy of it with you. I suggest also photographing it!
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