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Flights to Cuba begin, local travel officials say to wait

Relations between U.S., Cuba could change with Donald Trump

Flights to Cuba begin, local travel officials say to wait

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The first direct flights from the U.S. to Havana landed in Cuba Monday, the first in more than 50 years.

Local travel agencies are starting to see some interest in travel to the Central American island nation. Local travel agencies say there are still rules and regulations in order to travel to Cuba.

While the idea of a new place to travel to has some excited, travel officials urge people to wait a few months. Travel officials say relations between the U.S. and Cuba could change following Trump's presidential inauguration, which could impact travel.

"Once things get straightened out, once we figure out exactly what kind of a relationship we're going to have with the country, then it could become more popular. Realize, we haven't had American tourism going there," said Friedman's Hobbit Travel President Dave Friedman.

Travel officials also say the Cuban government wants to prevent people from permanently staying in their country, and are requiring proof travelers will be returning home.

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