Vietnam vs. Cuba
August 23, 2007 12:20 PM Subscribe
I am an American citizen. If I want to travel to Vietnam, all I need is a valid passport and visa; if I want to travel to Cuba, I either have to sign up for a special tour, be part of some pre-approved humanitarian/scientific/educational group, or be willing to break U.S. law. I know that there are extralegal ways for U.S-ians to travel to Cuba; this is not my main question.
posted by rtha to Law & Government (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The State Department describes Vietnam
as a “developing, mainly agrarian country in the process of moving from a centrally planned to a market economy.” Cuba
gets “Cuba is a totalitarian police state, which relies on repressive methods to maintain control.” Last time I checked, Vietnam was still Communist, and they beat us badly in a war, which Castro’s Cuba hasn’t.
I don’t know when or why travel by U.S. citizens to these countries began to be treated differently by the U.S. Please help me understand – recommend articles, books, blogs, etc.