IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING VISITING CUBA OR ARE SIMPLY CONCERNED FOLLOWING THE SITUATION IN LIGHT OF HURRICANE IRMA AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S CLAIMS OF ‘SONIC ATTACKS,’ YOU’RE PROBABLY WONDERING HOW IT POTENTIALLY IMPACTS YOUR TRAVEL PLANS
Recently Cuba has been in the news quite a bit. First, the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Then accusations by the Trump administration of alleged ‘sonic attacks’ on diplomatic staff in Havana.
First, I wish to assure you that Cuba is up and running post-Irma, and the recovery is beyond impressive. As the New York Times reported, Cuba’s disaster response effort is “a well-oiled machine” and was geared up for action the moment the hurricane passed.
I’ve made several visits to Cuba in recent months and you would never know that a hurricane had recently passed through. Fantastic! Even the resorts of Cayo Santa María, which were badly damaged by Irma, are already repaired and open for business.
More importantly is the lasting effect of charges by the Trump of ‘sonic attacks’ on diplomatic personnel and the corollary State Department advisory warning against travel to Cuba, which have caused understandable trepidation among potential travelers to Cuba.
In my opinion, that was the desired effect! The allegation has the appearance of (pardon the pun) being trumped up as a politically motivated attempt to scare potential travelers and reduce U.S.-Cuba travel.
It’s worth noting that no names of diplomatic personnel supposedly affected have been released, nor any corroborating evidence whatsoever presented. Moreover, Cuba even invited the FBI to investigate, and the four FBI teams (and Royal Canadian Mounted Police team) that were sent to Havana found no evidence of the purported ‘attacks.’
The charges thus remain very questionable allegations.
Many of my industry colleagues have been in regular contact with the State Department, and I share their unanimous belief that the advisory is unwarranted. With the utmost respect to the State Department, these claims are clearly defined as ‘unconfirmed’ and ‘unverifiable,’ and seem to be based more on politics, paranoia or other factors. (Indeed, leading U.S. and British neurologists concur that the symptoms reported most likely reflect psychosomatic “mass hysteria”: read more.)
I feel strongly that the advisory is not based on fact and that there is no evidence to support it.
As I stated, I’ve visited Cuba with several groups since the accusations were made… and no-one suffered any headaches!
Cuba remains the safest country in Latin America and its doors are open for travel.
Your motorcycle tour should not be affected at all.
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