In January 2016, the US Government has announced further enhancements to the 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba that previously required a specific license (this is, lengthy applications to OFAC). Now travel to the Caribbean island is allowed under a general license (this is, self-completed paperwork with no application to OFAC needed).
Subject to criteria established for each general license in the Federal Register published in February 1, 2016, travel to Cuba is permitted for educational and academic institutions, private foundations; research and religious organizations as well as other US based organizations.
Traveling to Cuba for professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects is also permitted by a general license now.
Persons (organizations and individual travelers) subject to US jurisdiction do not need to submit a written request to OFAC for permission to travel to Cuba if falling within the scope of 12 categories of the general license.
At Authentic Cuba Travel, we have been working with educational institutions, research organizations and religious institutions for many years. We take care of all details of your travel arrangements from designing custom-made itineraries that meet your criteria and OFAC requirements to visa and flight arrangements from USA to Cuba.
Individual travelers can join one of our tours sponsored by US organization or they can visit Cuba to conduct professional research and/ or attend professional meetings, clinics, workshops, in their area of expertise and study. We can help in most cases.
“We want you to know that we did, indeed, have a fantastic time in Cuba! It was a unique vacation and one we will cherish particularly because everywhere we went we got the impression that Cubans were welcoming an imminent change to their country. This made us grateful to witness Cuba before the unknown changes occur. Cuba is a gorgeous country, rich with history that your tour enabled us to witness. "
Bob and Linda Magni, USA
“Good morning! Our school year ended here yesterday so I though I'd take a few minutes to write you and thank you for facilitating our group's tour to Cuba!!! There are really no words to describe the impact that the trip had on each member of our group!
Our tour guide and driver, Myrelis and Juan, were simply incredible. We were cared for as if family and indeed we became such a family.
Gordon Hatchett, Brooklyn Academy, USA
“First of all, I must tell you that we had a wonderful trip, as usual (this being our third trip with you). Every day was filled with interesting and fun activities. Our tour guide, Israel, was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable. We were fortunate also to have a great group of people to travel with for the week.
Since this is our third Jazz Festival trip we were pleased to have some variations to the itinerary e.g. the trip to Cienfuegos and Trinidad. We really enjoyed the visit to the home of the local Cubans and enjoyed dancing with them. "
Myrna and Peter Tydd, USA
“First, Roma and I would like to thank Authentic Cuba Travel for everything you've done to make for a remarkable experience. As artists, we were blown away by the quantity and quality of the art we saw as well as by the professionalism and training of the artists. The Art School was most impressive and easily the best use for a golf course we've ever seen. We did buy some works and are savouring them as we speak. In addition to the art, we did get to interact with the Cuban people and experience the culture, history and get a feel for the current situation."
Howard and Roma Kaplan
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