Travel to and from Cuba
The trip will depart from Tampa, Florida on the morning of Saturday, March 5, 2016. The exact time is to be determined, however, it will likely be early and students should plan on arriving in Tampa the evening prior to departure (March 4, 2016). The trip will conclude in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, March 13, 2016. The roundtrip airfare from Tampa to Havana is included in the cost of the program. The cost of travel from your home location to Tampa is NOT included and it is the student’s responsibility to make adequate travel plans in order to arrive in Tampa in time for the flight to Havana.
However, students should not book their travel to Tampa until receiving explicit directions from the program coordinators. Exact travel times to and from Havana will be provided in December 2015, and travel to and from Tampa should not be booked until that information is received.
A valid U.S. passport AND a Cuban visa will be required for travel. If you wish to participate in the program, you must obtain a passport immediately. The program administrators will aid students in obtaining Cuban visas, but passports are required in order to obtain the visa.
Money and Communications
U.S. credit and debit cards will not work in Cuba. Students MUST take cash to Havana to be converted to Cuban Pesos. The recommended amount of spending money is $75 per day. Most students find this more than adequate. Additionally, U.S. cell phones will not work in Cuba. Students may call the U.S. from phones at the hotel for a fee. While the hotel does offer internet, students should not expect the same standard of internet service available in the U.S. and should not rely on having constant or fast service.
A U.S. Department of State “Consular Information Sheet” on Cuba is available on the Department of State’s Website. See http://travel.state.gov/travel/. This is a U.S. government overview of information concerning Cuba for U.S. travelers. Please check it periodically for updates. In the unlikely event that Cuba is declared an “area of instability” by the U.S. government before or during the trip, or if the U.S. issues a “travel warning” for Cuba, students will be permitted to withdraw from the program and will receive a full refund of monies paid to MC Law.
The U.S. Department of State recommends (but does not require) U.S. citizens to register trips abroad with the Department of State. MC Law will register all program participants with the Department of State prior to the program.
MC Law does not anticipate that the program will be cancelled. However, in the unfortunate event that cancellation occurs, MC Law will refund all monies paid within 20 days of cancellation, and assistance will be provided in finding a similar study abroad program if so desired.
If there are any changes to significant aspects of the program (classes offered, teachers, dates, etc.), these will be communicated promptly, and students will be permitted to withdraw from the program and obtain a full refund of monies paid to MC Law for the program.
Access for Persons with Disabilites
Persons with disabilities should speak with program administrators in advance of applying. Transportation and accommodations in Cuba are not as accessible to those with certain disabilities. MC Law will make every effort to ensure students can participate.