This is actually a question a friend of mine had that I couldn't answer directly and really don't know the laws specifically.

If a person already has dual citizenship (specifically American and Dutch) but was born Dutch are they still required to follow travel restrictions to Cuba?

It is unlawful for an American citizen to travel to Cuba since the trade embargo without being granted permission. Most countries do not require a visa up front when traveling as an American citizen and a visa can easily be obtained upon arrival.

Of course there are ways around this rule but without bending or breaking the law of the US.

Would such a travel under a Dutch passport be detrimental to a US citizenship? Or traveling with the US passport even not a native citizen?

  • Sorry, typo. Passport not visa. I fixed it.
    – David
    Nov 13 '14 at 0:03
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    As per the linked question, travel isn't illegal, spending money there is. Of course, the US can't tell that you've spent money there, unless you come back with souvenirs.
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 13 '14 at 0:10
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    Illegal from who's perspective? It's not illegal from Cuba's point of view if they allow you into the country. From the US point of view, it is illegal if you spend any money there, however extra-territorial laws are an area of controversy since you would be breaking the law while outside the US' jurisdiction. Either way, I would suggest entering Cuba on your Dutch passport. Nov 13 '14 at 4:55