Yesterday,  President Obama announced a slight thaw in the strained relationship between Cuba and the United States.  For the first time in decades, Cuban-Americans with family in Cuba will be allowed to go back and visit as often as they like. They will also be able to send back as much money as they like to their Cuban relatives-as long as the relatives in question aren’t senior government officials or high-ranking members of the Communist Party.

Right now, unless you’re a Cuban American visiting family, you aren’t technically forbidden to travel to Cuba, but you are forbidden to spend any money there. Of course, it’s kind of hard to do one without the other.  Naturally, there is a good deal of speculation about whether or not President Obama will lift these restrictions, as well.

If you are a Cuban-American and you and your family would like to take advantage of the relaxed restrictions, the first thing you need to do is get passports if you don’t already have them. Before you book your flight, keep in mind that applications for passports can take months to be processed. If you want to leave for Cuba in the near future, you should consider using a private passport expediting company instead.

An expediting company will deliver your family’s passport applications directly to the US Department of State, resulting in remarkably fast processing times. In fact, with an expediter, you can have your passports processed in as little as 24 hours! Even better, you don’t have to spend a lot of time making appointments with a passport office, driving to the passport office or waiting in line at the passport office.  The expediting company does all of that for you!

Plus, you’ll have someone to help guide you through the process of applying for passports.  The best expediting companies, like, also offer online order tracking for your peace of mind.

Order your US passports today, and get ready to travel!