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Tourism is a relatively small and developing business for the Cuban government. Patience and Spanish are basic requisites for museum-hopping. The Museum of the Ministry of the Interior is open between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Humor Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Access to Cuba from the United States is limited. Low-cost tour packages are available in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. There are also an increasing number of flights from Caribbean islands for day trips to Castro's isle.

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The US trade embargo forbids US citizens to spend money in Cuba. Journalists, academics, government officials, and Cuban-Americans visiting relatives are permitted to spend a limited amount of money. A small percentage of Cuba's visitors are US tourists who skirt the law by traveling through Mexico or Canada. Cuban officials seem happy to assist by stamping a separate piece of paper instead of the US passport.

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