CET Statement on travel warning downgrade

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Cuba Educational Travel

August 23, 2018

Havana, Cuba

Cuba Educational Travel President Collin Laverty released the following statement regarding the State Department’s decision to reduce the Cuba travel warning from a Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) to a Level 2 (“Exercise Increased Caution”).

“It is a breath of fresh air in a highly politicized process of confusion, anxiety and speculation which led to an excessive measure by the State Department,” said Collin Laverty, president of Cuba Educational Travel. “Given the initial decision to increase the Cuba travel warning was politically motivated, the United States government is righting its wrong by assessing that Americans need not reconsider travel to Cuba in order to stay safe,” he added. 

“Cuba continues to be one of the safest countries in the world to visit and hundreds of thousands of Americans - and millions of global travelers - enjoy all that it has to offer each year with no health or security risks to note,” said Laverty.

“Foreign service officers in Washington and diplomats on the ground in Havana favor increased travel to support the Cuban people and this is a step in the right direction,” said Laverty. 

“I look forward to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo addressing Cuba in a smart and respectful manner and opening up travel and trade further,” he added.