Cuban-Americans hopeful they will still be able to travel to, from island in future

It was days ago that the U.S. announced Cuba must send 15 of its Washington embassy staffers back to Havana, crippling operations and possibly affecting thousands of Cuban-Americans who want to travel back to the island.

On Tuesday, Cuba's foreign minister said the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., will only have one official left to deal with consular issues. 

Despite coming from the U.S., some Cuban-Americans arriving at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana were scared to talk about the issue. 

Other newly arrived visitors told Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela that they're hopeful. 

A woman from Cape Coral told Vela that she believes things will soon go back to normal. 

She said people just need to have faith, although others have a different solution.

"I'm planning to move my people over there," one woman said. 

The woman, who traveled to Cuba with her daughter, said her family is still in Cuba, so traveling back and forth is important for her.

"We have to wait and see what happens," she said. 

She said she hopes things go back to normal as soon as possible. 

Meanwhile, there are still a lot of questions from Cubans who want to know what will happen with visa appointments they had scheduled. 

On Thursday, the state department announced it is returning passports and visas that have been processed prior to the Sept. 29 news that has American diplomats leaving Havana because of alleged sonic attacks. 

Click here for information from the State Department regarding visas for Cubans on the island.

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