Does This Sound Like a Vacation Destination?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs encapsulates concerns about tourism travel to Cuba:
 
Cuba is a totalitarian police state which relies on repressive methods to maintain control.  These methods, including intense physical and electronic surveillance of Cubans, are also extended to foreign travelers.  Americans visiting Cuba should be aware that any encounter with a Cuban could be subject to surreptitious scrutiny by the Castro regime's secret police, the General Directorate for State Security (DGSE).  Also, any interactions with average Cubans, regardless of how well intentioned the American may be, can subject that Cuban to harassment and/or detention, and other forms of repressive actions, by state security elements.  The regime is strongly anti-American, yet desperate for U.S. dollars to prop itself up.