Entries by Havana Live

Kayak adds Cuba to Its travel search engine

HAVANA, 29 January  President Barack Obama’s decision earlier this month to ease restrictions on travel from the United States to Cuba has already increased demand from travelers, and travel websites are responding. Kayak, a travel search engine, announced on Thursday that it will now include Cuba hotel and flight information to its search results, a […]

Bipartisan Senate group introduces bill to end Cuba travel ban

HAVANA, 29 January  (AP)  A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to end travel restrictions on Americans seeking to visit Cuba, saying it would help foster change in the island nation. Current law generally bans travel to Cuba, although there are numerous exceptions.  Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said similar legislation to end the […]

‘Godfather II’explains why Dominicans worry over U.S.-Cuba ties

HAVANA, 29 January (Bloomberg Ezra Fieser) Why is the Dominican Republic worried about improving ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Just watch the movie “Godfather II.” The scenes of mafia don Michael Corleone driving through the streets of Havana on the eve of the Cuban revolution were shot in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo. The […]

American Express plans to start operations in Cuba

HAVANA, 28 January The credit card company hopes to open for business in Cuba following the loosening of trade restrictions with that country. American Express  said it would launch operations in Cuba following President Barack Obama’s decision this month to ease sanctions against the communist-ruled island. MasterCard  said last week it would allow its cards […]

Fidel Castro sort de son silence et prend acte du rapprochement avec Washington

LA HAVANE, 27 Janvier (AFP Par Francisco JARA) L’ex-président cubain Fidel Castro a rompu un silence de plusieurs mois en approuvant implicitement dans une lettre le récent rapprochement avec les Etats-Unis, tout en réaffirmant sa méfiance à l’égard de son vieil ennemi. “Je n’ai pas confiance dans la politique des Etats-Unis, et je n’ai échangé […]

Brazilians Rush To Cuba Before It’s “Americanized”

HAVANA, 27 January (Marc Alves)  When Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced the two countries would “normalize” relations between the two countries, most observers were quick to point out that this unexpected move would eventually benefit the Cuban economy by boosting the tourism industry, among other sectors. And according to Folha de S. Paulo, […]

Fidel Castro appears to lend support to Cuba talks with U.S.

HAVANA, 27 January (Reuters BY DANIEL TROTTA)  Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comments about his longtime adversary since both countries agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties. But Castro stopped short of an enthusiastic endorsement of the rapprochement, announced […]

Havana triathlon brings Americans and Cubans together

HAVANA, Jan 26   Seizing on US-Cuba detente, Americans swam, biked and ran in a triathlon in Havana for the first time, and even heard their national anthem on the island. Jim Donaldson and Robert Plant wore “USA” logos on their clothes as they stood in the capital’s “anti-imperialist” esplanade, built by Fidel Castro in […]

Cuban tour operators jumping to meet new US demand

HAVANA, 26 January  Cuban tour operators are gearing up for an explosion of US travellers — adding a spate of tours focused on everything from architecture to art to gourmet food — following the recent detente between the two long-time Cold War rivals. Travel company InsightCuba, one of the top agencies specializing in visits to […]

U.S.-Cuba diplomatic thaw puts Mariel port back in spotlight

HAVANA, 25 January ,(By Tim Johnson) The deepwater port of Mariel, once the site of a massive exodus of refugees to the United States, may soon be the stage for a new chapter in Cuba’s history, one that flirts gently with global trade and free markets. A $1 billion project to modernize the port and […]

Cartes de crédit américaines bientôt à Cuba

LA HAVANE, 24 Janvier  Les cartes de crédit MasterCard émises aux Etats-Unis seront utilisables à Cuba à partir du mois de mars dans le cadre du rapprochement diplomatique entre la Havane et Washington, a annoncé le groupe américain. Dans un communiqué MasterCard a annoncé la levée prochaine du blocage des transactions réglées avec une carte […]

Art from Habana Vieja to the Bronx

HAVANA, 24 January  (By Christopher Smith) When President Barack Obama made the startling announcement in December of last year that the United States would begin the process of normalizing relations with the island nation of Cuba after decades of animosity & strict embargoes, the ripple effect could be felt on a global scale. With both […]

MasterCard to lift restrictions on credit cards on March 1

HAVANA, 24 January  MasterCard announced Friday it will begin handling U.S. credit card transactions in Cuba on March 1, making the credit card company the first to adjust to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s plan to lift a ban on doing business in Cuba. Allowing credit card transactions will make traveling in Cuba more convenient […]

Cuba-US take first step to normal relations

HAVANA, 23 January   By Isaac Risco (dpa) The governments of Cuba and the United States will meet again in the coming weeks to continue working on details for resuming diplomatic relations, the negotiators said today after a first round of talks in Havana. In their first encounter the diplomats were unable to establish a […]

Les conversations migratoires entre les États-Unis et Cuba se terminent à La Havane

LA HAVANE, 22 Janvier (RHC/agences)  Josefina Vidal, directrice générale des États-Unis au ministère cubain des affaires étrangères et le sous-secrétaire adjoint du Bureau pour les Questions de l’Hémisphère Occidental du Département d’État des États-Unis, Edward Alex Lee, ont reconnu que des progrès ont été faits dans plusieurs thèmes migratoires. Au cours d’une conférence de presse […]

Will Starbucks pop up all over Cuba ?

HAVANA, 22 January  Cuban officials sitting across the table from Americans in Havana this week are hoping to sort out the next steps in normalizing relations. That’s on the heels of President Obama’s request for the US Congress to lift the embargo on trade with Cuba. But even if that momentous step is taken, progress […]

Discussions constructives” entre responsables cubains et américains à La Havane

LA HAVANE, 22 Janvier (Euronews)  Des responsables américains et cubains se sont réunis à La Havane ce mercredi.Une première depuis 35 ans. Ces discussions concrétisent le rapprochement historique entre les Etats-Unis et l‘île communiste annoncé en décembre. Des discussions qualifiées de productives et constructives. Elles reprendront ce jeudi sur la question du rétablissement des relations […]

Havana talks start with promises by Obama

HAVANA, 21 January (AP) The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades begins two days of negotiations with grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the government. U.S. moves to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and loosen the five-decade trade […]

The Latest on Travel to Cuba

HAVANA, 21 January   Following the publication of new regulations for travel to Cuba on Jan. 16, Americans may travel there more easily than at any time in the past half-century. Travelers cannot just hop on a plane and go, though. As Michael Sykes, founder of Cuba Cultural Travel, put it, while there is now less […]

Un navire espion russe s’amarre à La Havane

Le «Viktor Leonov», de la flotte du Nord, est arrivé mardi à La Havane à la veille d’une rencontre diplomatique historique entre Cubains et Américains. LA HAVANE, 20 Janvier  (AFP) Le navire espion russe SSV-175, de classe Vishnya, de 91,5 mètres de long et 14,5 de large, est arrivé au port de la capitale cubaine […]

Russian spy ship in Havana on eve of US-Cuba talks

A Russian intelligence warship docked in Havana on Tuesday, the eve of historic US-Cuba talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations. HAVANA, 20 January  The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 was moored to a pier in Old Havana where cruise ships often dock, but its arrival was not announced by Cuban authorities. The Vishnya or Meridian-class intelligence ship, […]

US officials in Cuba to discuss embassies

LA HABANA, 20 January  (WASHINGTON POST) The first scheduled meeting between U.S. and Cuban officials to reestablish diplomatic relations may not lead immediately to the opening of embassies here and in the United States, a senior State Department official said Monday. State Department officials said those talks, to be held here Thursday, would focus largely […]

US, Cuba set for historic talks in Havana to normalise ties

HAVANA,19 Jan (AFP) The United States and Cuba will hold their highest-level talks in decades on Wednesday, ditching decades of Cold War-era hostility to pave the way to reopen embassies and normalise ties. Senior US and Cuban officials will meet over two days in Havana to discuss immigration issues and a roadmap to return ambassadors […]

More airlines eager to fly to Cuba

HAVANA, 17 January  (CNN) It has been decades since U.S. airlines could make commercial flights from the States to Cuba, but that is about to change. JetBlue (JBLU), Delta (DAL) and United (UAL) airlines are already expressing interest in adding the route. On Thursday, the White House announced details about new regulations that will make […]

Private restaurants in Havana are exploding

Cuban entrepreneur Jorge Luis Trejo oversees his family’s private restaurant, La Moraleja, in Havana, Cuba on Dec. 22, 2014. The restaurant offers such dishes as wild rabbit flambe and serves clients on white tablecloths with real silverware. Family heirlooms fill the shelves and photos of Old Havana grace the walls. HAVANA, 17 January  Private restaurants […]

United Airlines plans Houston to Havana flights

HAVANA, 16 January  United Airlines plans to offer flights from Houston to Cuba, pending government approval. A United spokesperson told NBC News, “We plan to serve Cuba, subject to government approvals, and look forward to doing so from our global gateways of Newark and Houston.”The flights would most likely travel from Bush Intercontinental Airport to […]

Cuba to print higher-denomination peso banknotes

HAVANA,16 January (ANDREA RODRIGUEZ AP)  Cuba will print bills of 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos that will start to circulate in February, a step forward in the government’s plan to unify its dual-currency system. A Cuban Central Bank resolution published Thursday said the new banknotes will extend the range of the current bills, which only […]

US eases Cuba embargo Friday, island open to greater trade and travel

HAVANA, 15 January (By Bradley Klapper AP)  The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment. The new rules also open up the communist island to greater American travel and allow U.S. citizens to start bringing home small amounts […]

Cuba expanding Wi-Fi

HAVANA,15 January (AP) Cuba’s telecommunications company says that it will offer Wi-Fi service in a public park in the country’s far east but only for access to the island’s restricted Cuba-only intranet. Cuba’s official journalists union said Monday that the government would offer Wi-Fi internet access in a park in the city of Santiago for […]