|Subject: Re: Americans traveling to Cuba|
This discussion pertains to Americans who wish to travel to
Cuba. A journey which is illegal according to U.S. economic
sanctions leveled against Cuba dating back to the early
1960's. There had been a period of a decade or so where the
U.S. government was not stringently enforcing this ban. Even
so, Americans who wished to travel to Cuba were wise to make
sure that the Cuban immigration stamp was not put into their
passports as this was clear evidence of a violation.
Punishable by very high fines.
The current U.S. administration has decided to return to enforcing the "no travel" policy to Cuba. And, apparently they have also decided to make it more difficult for non-U.S. citizens transiting through the U.S. who have the dreaded "Cuban stamp" in their passports.
Undoubtedly, Portugal (and the rest of the world, for that matter) has no such sanctions in place against Cuba. Therefore, it is not surprising that you've never heard of the practice.
But other countries have used this device over the years. I recall that many Arab nations refused to admit travelers who had an Israeli immigration stamp in their passports.
These practices are all political in nature and certainly do not reflect the true sentiments of the people living in the affected nations.
John in San Diego