Disclaimer: We are are not lawyers and none of the below is meant to be taken as legal advice. If you have further questions please contact us and/or consult your own legal council. 

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IS IT LEGAL TO TRAVEL TO CUBA? 

It is! As long as your reason for traveling falls under one of the 12  general licenses issued by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

1) family visits 

2) official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations 

3) journalistic activity 

4) professional research and professional meetings 

5) educational activities 

6) religious activities 

7) public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions 

8) support for the Cuban people 

9) humanitarian projects 

10) activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes 

11) exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials 

12) certain authorized export transactions

 

WHAT LICENSES DO YOU TYPICALLY TRAVEL UNDER?

By staying at privately owned accommodations, dining at privately owned restaurants, interacting with local entrepreneurs, and maintaining a schedule of meaningful interactions with the Cuban people our programs satisfy the requirements for the general license of support for the Cuban people.  

However, if you are interested in traveling under any of the other categories we can arrange the needed activities to satisfy the requirements.

 

DO TRAVELERS WHO FALL WITHIN THE SCOPE OF A GENERAL LICENSE NEED TO SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO OFAC FOR PERMISSION TO TRAVEL OR CONDUCT TRANSACTIONS?

No. No further permission from OFAC is required to engage in transactions by a person who meets all criteria in a general license. Individuals wishing to engage in activities that may fall within the scope of a general license should review the relevant general licenses contained in the CACR to determine whether their travel-related transactions are covered by such general licenses. Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction who wish to engage in any travel within the 12 categories of activities specified in the CACR that does not meet the requirements of a general license will need to apply for a specific license from OFAC.

*OFAC is part of the Department of treasury and these documents are available here for your further reveiw:

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/cuba.aspx