Ya’lla Tours Advises American Travelers to Remain Cautious When Making Cuba Travel Plans

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    Ya'lla Tours Advises American Travelers to Remain Cautious When Making Cuba Travel Plans

    Only Licensed Companies are Authorized to Collect Funds

    PR Newswire

    PORTLAND, Ore., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Some tour operators have been soliciting travelers in the United States and have suggested that they are licensed to provide travel services to Cuba. Although there has been some easing of restrictions, there are still strict U.S. government rules in place. Not every tour operator is legally allowed to provide travel services to U.S. persons, who are licensed to travel to Cuba.

    "While there may come a day when there is unrestricted and free travel to Cuba, that day is not now. Nor does it seem like it will be anytime in the near future," said Ronen Paldi, President of Ya'lla Tours USA. "Travel agencies and travelers need to be very careful if they are making plans for travel to Cuba. Some operators out there seem to be coming close to violating strict regulations, and travelers will end up paying the price."

    Ya'lla Tours USA has been a licensed Travel Service Provider (TSP) providing legal travel services to Cuba since 2002.

    They key points regarding Americans traveling to Cuba are:

    • The U.S. Department of Treasury has a list of licensed TSPs to Cuba. A licensed TSP is legally allowed to provide travel services to licensed travelers, and to collect money from these travelers for the travel arrangements.
    • Only those travel agencies and tour operators listed as TSPs are legally allowed to provide these services.
    • Any unlicensed travel agent or tour operator that promotes Cuba travel services, makes travel arrangements, or collects funds for travel to Cuba from Americans is in violation of Federal law and is subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.
    • For further information, visit http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_tsp.pdf

    About Ya'lla Tours USA

    Founded in 1993, Ya'lla Tours USA delivers life-changing travel experiences in many exotic Mediterranean destinations such as Egypt, Morocco, Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Greece. Ya'lla Tours USA is a wholesale tour company licensed by the US Treasury Department to provide travel services to Cuba. More information on Ya'lla, which means "let's go" in Hebrew and Arabic, is available at www.yallatours.com/ or by calling 800 644 1595.

    SOURCE Ya'lla Tours USA