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HOW TO TRAVEL TO CUBA LEGALLY FROM USA AFTER THE EASING OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
AN OVERVIEW BY AUTHENTIC CUBA TRAVEL



LAST UPDATED: MARCH 16, 2016

After US Cuba travel restrictions that have lasted nearly fifty years, the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, in conjunction with President Barack Obama, announced new categories of legal travel to Cuba in January of 2011.

On December 17, 2014 President Obama made another historical announcement intended to normalize relations with Cuba and to further ease travel restrictions to the Caribbean island.

The highly anticipated easing of travel restrictions were implemented by OFAC on January 16, 2015 through a series of amendments and enhancements to the existing 12 categories under which persons subject to US jurisdiction can travel to Cuba.

On January 26 and on March 16, 2016 new enhancements to the travel restrictions were introduced to better implement the people to people program reinstated by the Obama administration. The latest changes attempt to improve the relationship in between the American and the Cuban people by expanding the ability of US citizens to visit Cuba and making the trips more affordable and accessible.

Even though US citizens are still prohibited to go to Cuba to engage in tourist or recreational activities as Europeans and Canadians do, President Obama made it possible for US persons to go to Cuba without prior permission as OFAC has issued General Licenses within the 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba.

Traveling to Cuba is possible now for educational institutions (faculty, staff and students); cultural , historical and religious organizations; private foundations; amateur sport teams; and US professionals and residents interested in cultural people-to-people exchanges with the Cuban people under the auspices of the General License, which means without having to ask permission to OFAC first.

As an authorized traveler, may I travel from a third country to Cuba and from Cuba to a third country?

Yes, a person subject to U.S. jurisdiction engaging in authorized travel-related transactions may travel to Cuba from a third country or to a third country from Cuba. Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction traveling to and from Cuba via a third country may only do so if their travel-related transactions are authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, and are subject to the same restrictions and requirements as persons traveling directly from the United States.

We also specialize in custom-made programs for US educational and academic institutions, religious and cultural organizations, ect that meet OFAC guidelines.

Please, notice that the following information is provided as a courtesy and does not constitute legal advice or a legal opinion.

General and Specific Licenses



Traveling to Cuba for tourism or recreational activities or free time in excess is not allowed for US citizens. The US embargo remains in place. The US travel restrictions to visit Cuba remain in place for American citizens. US travelers can go to Cuba legally only if traveling under the provisions of the General License or Specific License.

However, it is much easier to travel to Cuba legally now due to the easing of travel restrictions implemented by OFAC (the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department) on January 16, 2015.

There are two license options for Americans looking to travel to Cuba- General and Specific licenses. Here, we will explain both options.

General License



A General License for US travel to Cuba is created through a do it yourself process rather than by submitting an application and awaiting approval. Fast, free and convenient, a General License simply requires you to prepare all of your own documentation in a way that meets all OFAC guidelines.

TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR PEOPLE TO PEOPLE TRAVEL

TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH

TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR RELIGIOUS TRAVEL

TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR AMATEUR AND SEMI- PROFESSIONAL INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATION COMPETITION

TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR PUBLIC PERFORMANCES, CLINICS, WORKSHOPS, OTHER ATHLETIC OR NON- ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS, AND EXHIBITIONS

TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR FAMILY VISITS

TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR JOURNALISTIC ACTIVITIES

TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR OFFICIAL BUSINESS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON USA- CUBA TRAVEL

Specific License



The specific license is much more complex and much lengthier and must be submitted to OFAC. Specific licenses are required for noncommercial academic research or teaching not covered by a general license, people to people educational exchanges, religious activities and professional research not covered by a general license, humanitarian projects, support of the Cuban people, and freelance journalism as well as other professional or educational work and research not covered through the general license program. Approval is dependent on the response received from Washington, and the wait can take anywhere from six weeks to months or even years.

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TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES



A General License for US travel to Cuba is created through a do it yourself process rather than by submitting an application and awaiting approval. Fast, free and convenient, a General License simply requires you to prepare all of your own documentation in a way that meets all OFAC guidelines.

U.S. academic and educational graduate or under graduate degree-granting institutions and their staff, faculty and students are authorized to travel to Cuba under the General License for Educational Activities.

Participants in these programs must carry a letter on official school letterhead that has been signed by a designated representative of the sponsoring academic institution at all times. OFAC defines a designated representative as the dean, academic vice president, provost, or president responsible for overseeing the institutions Cuban travel program.

For many years, Authentic Cuba Travel has organized educational programs for the most prestigious U.S. academic and educational institutions. Read some of the testimonials of American professors and teachers who have taken their students to Cuba with us.

Some of the US academic institutions Authentic Cuba Travel has helped visit Cuba legally:



Darlington School (Rome, Georgia)
Eastside Preparatory School (Kirkland, WA)
The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT)
Schenectady High School (Schenectady, NY)
Kansas City Kansas Community College (Kansas City, KS)
Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
Bellevue College (Bellevue, WA)
Morningside College (Sioux City, IA)
Culver-Stockton College (Canton, MO)
Sierra Nevada College (Incline Village, NV)
Lorain County Community College (Elyria, OH)
Philadelphia University ( Philadelphia, PA)
Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)
Santa Clara University School of Law (Santa Clara, CA)
Belmont University College of Business Administration (Nashville, TN)
Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
Friends University (Wichita, KS)
University of La Verne (La Verne, CA)
The Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business (Boston, MA)
University of Maine at Augusta (Augusta, ME)
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
Washington State University (Pullman, WA)

The purpose of the Cuba travel should be for:



_ the participation in a structured educational program offered for credit as part of a course of the sponsoring institution;

_ educational exchanges sponsored by U.S. secondary schools for secondary students to take part in courses or structured program offered by the secondary school or other U.S. academic institution provided that a reasonable number of adult chaperones escort the secondary students in their Cuba trip.

_ attendance at non-commercial academic seminars, conferences and workshops related to Cuba sponsored or co-sponsored by U.S. academic institution.

_ non- commercial academic research related to Cuba for the purpose of obtaining a graduate or undergraduate degree;

_ the participation in a formal course of study at a Cuban academic institution provided that credits will be accepted toward the student’s graduate or undergraduate degree;

For further information, please do visit:

http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/pages/cuba.aspx

Please, do notice that we offered several educational familiarization tours for U.S. educators who want to travel to Cuba before taking their students. Qualifying teachers get to travel for free! Click here for more information.

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    Legal Cuba Travel for US residents

    TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR PEOPLE TO PEOPLE TRAVEL



    A General License for US travel to Cuba is created through a do it yourself process rather than by submitting an application and awaiting approval. Fast, free and convenient, a General License simply requires you to prepare all of your own documentation in a way that meets all OFAC guidelines.

    GENERAL LICENSE FOR PEOPLE TO PEOPLE TRAVEL TO CUBA FOR INDIVIDUAL TRAVELERS

    According to new changes implemented on March 16, 2016, US citizens can now go to Cuba under a general license for individual people-to-people educational travel. The trip should consist of a full-time schedule of activities intended to promote the exchange with the ordinary citizens of Cuba.

    This full-time schedule must also include educational activities that result in meaningful interaction in between U.S and Cuban nationals. Persons traveling to Cuba under this license must retain records related to transactions and demonstrating that a full time schedule of authorized activities was followed.

    Previously, the General License for People-to-people Educational Travel required these trips to take place ONLY under the auspices of US organizations, and all travellers to be accompanied by a representative of the sponsoring institution to observe that a full-time schedule of educational activities was maintained.

    This requirement has been removed as of March 16, 2016 making more affordable and accessible for Americans to visit the Caribbean island.

    Example: a USA citizen wants to visit Cuba to engage in discussions with Cuban artist about community projects, exchange with members and staff of art institutions and foundations; to have extended dialogue with city planners and architects to learn about historical restoration projects in Old Havana or with religious leaders about Afro-Cuban religion and influences in Cuba today, or with farmers and food producers about cooperatives structures and agricultural farming in the island; ect. This USA individual is going to have a full-schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interaction with Cubans and keep proper records about the trip. This trip qualifies for the general license.

    GENERAL LICENSE FOR PEOPLE TO PEOPLE TRAVEL TO CUBA FOR US ORGANIZATIONS

    U.S. organizations can now organize trips to Cuba for educational exchanges not involving academic study to promote people to people contact. This is one of the new amendments to the 12 categories of legal USA Cuba travel implemented on January 16, 2015. Previously, organizations subject to U.S. jurisdiction had to apply for a Specific License for People to People Travel to Cuba to organize such Cuba travels.

    The trip should consist of a full-time schedule of activities intended to promote the exchange with the ordinary citizens of Cuba. This full-time schedule must also include educational activities that result in meaningful interaction in between U.S and Cuban nationals. The trip to Cuba must be escorted by an employee of the organization must escort the trip.

    Example: a cultural or educational organization subject to U.S. jurisdiction organizes and sponsors educational and cultural trips to Cuba for its members and general public. The educational exchange does not involve academic study towards a degree program. These Cuba educational & cultural trips do consist of a full-time schedule of activities where US citizens will meet, and learn side-by-side, with Cuban artists, curators, private art gallery owners and ordinary Cubans about Cuban arts, art history, ect. These Cuba travels qualify for the General License for People to People Cuba Travel.

    The same applies for an organization that promotes architectural studies, environmental protection, anthropological studies, music research, ect or any other subject of study not pursuant to a degree program.

    At Authentic Cuba Travel, we have been organizing such thematic people-to-people exchanges and educational trips to Cuba from the United States of America for years with great success. We have provided Cuba travel services, in putting together this sort of educational exchanges to Cuba, to prestigious U.S. organizations.

    We have a long list of U.S. referrals, and all the tools, resources and contacts needed in North America and in Cuba, to put together the most amazing cultural and educational exchange for your organization in a way that meets OFAC guidelines and regulations. Experience counts; call us today for a free consultation.

    Some of the US organizations Authentic Cuba Travel has helped visit Cuba legally:



    American Institute of Architects
    American Library Association
    Minnesota District Judges Association
    Historic Macon Foundation
    Historic Windsor, Inc., Preservation Education Institute
    Knox Heritage Foundation
    The Landmark Society of Western New York
    The Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs
    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
    Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
    Georgia Dental Association
    Travel Health of New Hampshire

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  • Legal Cuba Travel for American Professionals

    TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH



    The General License for Professional Research for US travel to Cuba is created through a do it yourself process rather than by submitting an application and awaiting approval. Fast, free and convenient, a General License for Professional Research simply requires US professionals to prepare their own documentation in a way that meets all OFAC guidelines.

    In order to meet OFAC guidelines, the purpose of your trip to Cuba should be to conduct research related to your profession, professional background or area of expertise, including your area of graduate-level full time study.

    You Cuba travels should consist of a timetable of activities that are consistent with a full time schedule of professional research. Your trip to Cuba should not include free time or recreational activities in excess. Tourist travel to Cuba is not allowed.

    With so many thematic tours in our Authentic Cuba roster, chances are that whatever your profession you can find a tour that suits your profession, professional background or area of expertise.

    Click here to see all the tours to Cuba we have scheduled for 2015. If you do not find a tour that suits you, simply contact us or join our Cuba Real Tours. With monthly departures these tours are organized under the auspices of US organizations that have been authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to run cultural and educational people-to-people programs to Cuba.

    When traveling to Cuba under a general license, you must carry with you documentation that proves how you qualify for the license.

    Your documentation package should include the following:



    _ A professional research license affidavit signed by a notary public. Download travel affidavit
    You must have a notary public witness your signature to this document.

    _ A resume or CV (curriculum vitae).

    _ A written work plan that supports your intention of engaging in a full-time research schedule (will be provided by Authentic Cuba Travel)

    _ A brief letter that describes your research project. Download sample letter

    _ A letter from your employer, organization, agency, or other documentation that shows that you are engaged in a professional capacity. Recommended options include a letter supplied by your employer or organization, a pay stub, or a letter explaining your employment if you are self employed.

    We also recommend you take a copy of the actual US Treasury Department regulations pertaining to a General Research License with you to Cuba in case US immigration officers have any questions as to the legality of your trip on return. download a summary

    "It is the responsibility of individuals wishing to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba to demonstrate or document that their proposed activities in Cuba are authorized by a general license or, with respect to qualification for specific licenses, that they meet the application criteria set forth in the Application Guidelines." (quoted from OFAC May 2012 Revised Guidelnes)




    Legal Cuba Travel for American Professionals

    TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS



    The General License for Professional Meetings for US travel to Cuba is created through a do it yourself process rather than by submitting an application and awaiting approval. Fast, free and convenient, a General License for Professional Meetings simply requires US professionals to prepare their own documentation in a way that meets all OFAC guidelines.

    In order to meet OFAC guidelines, the purpose of your trip to Cuba should be to attend professional meetings or conferences in Cuba that are NOT for the promotion of tourism in Cuba. Such event should be related to your profession, professional background or area of expertise, including your area of graduate-level full time study. Your trip to Cuba should not include free time or recreational activities in excess. Tourist travel to Cuba is not allowed.
    Religious Cuba Travel for Americans

    TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR RELIGIOUS TRAVEL



    A General License for US travel to Cuba is created through a do it yourself process rather than by submitting an application and awaiting approval. Fast, free and convenient, a General License simply requires you to prepare all of your own documentation in a way that meets all OFAC guidelines.

    Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction can travel to Cuba to engage in religious activities in Cuba. This includes religious organizations, its staff and members. The religious travels to Cuba must consist of a full-time schedule of religious activities.
    Legal Cuba Travel for US amateur and semi professional athletes

    TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR SEMI-PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL SPORTS COMPETITION



    A General License for US travel to Cuba is created through a do it yourself process rather than by submitting an application and awaiting approval. Fast, free and convenient, a General License simply requires you to prepare all of your own documentation in a way that meets all OFAC guidelines.

    Traveling to Cuba to participate in athletic competitions in Cuba is possible for amateur or semi- professional athletes. The athletic competition must be sponsored by an international sports federation relevant to the sport; and it must be open to attendance by the Cubans.
    Attend Public Performances, Clinics, Workshops, and Exhibition in Cuba!

    TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR PUBLIC PERFORMANCES, CLINICS, WORKSHOPS, OTHER ATHLETIC OR NON-ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS & EXHIBITIONS



    A General License for US travel to Cuba is created through a do it yourself process rather than by submitting an application and awaiting approval. Fast, free and convenient, a General License simply requires you to prepare all of your own documentation in a way that meets all OFAC guidelines.

    U.S. citizens can travel to Cuba under this general license to participate in a public performance, clinic, workshop, athletic competition or exhibition in the Caribbean island if meeting certain OFAC criteria. Such as; the event held in Cuba is open for attendance by the Cubans. U.S. profits (after cost) will be donated to an independent Cuban organization or U.S. based charity for the benefit of the Cuban people and to promote the people-to-people exchange in between American and Cuban citizens.

    Clinics and workshops in Cuba must be held under the auspices and sponsorship of an authorized US authorized organization or traveler.

    Example: a U.S. baseball team can travels to Cuba under this General License to compete with a Cuban baseball team in a series of friendly games at a Cuban stadium or sports school. These games are not held under the auspices of an international organization. However, the game will be open to the public and any profits after costs will be donated to a Cuban non-governmental organization or U.S. charity.

    TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR FAMILY VISITS



    OFAC regulations generally authorize U.S. persons and those sharing a dwelling with them as a family to visit a close relative in Cuba, including a close relative who is a Cuban national or ordinarily resident there, who is a US Government official on official government business, or who is a student or faculty member engaging in authorized educational activities in Cuba with a duration of over 60 days. A close relative is defined as any individual related to a person “by blood, marriage, or adoption who is no more than three generations removed from that person or from a common ancestor with that person.”

    TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR JOURNALISTIC ACTIVITIES



    Travel to Cuba for journalistic activities is now authorized under the General License; provided the traveler is at least regularly employed as a journalist or supporting broadcast or technical staff; or a freelance journalist with a previous journalistic experience. And whose schedule of activities does not include free time or recreation in excess and it is consistent with a full time schedule of journalistic activities.

    TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE GENERAL LICENSE FOR OFFICIAL BUSINESS



    Employees, contractors, or grantees of the United States Government, any foreign government or any intergovernmental organization (of which US is a member or observer) can travel to Cuba on official business on behalf of their government or intergovernmental organization.


    Legal Cuba Travel for Americans

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT USA-CUBA TRAVEL



    The following FAQs will help you understand OFAC regulations more completely and will provide more information on licenses and license qualification.

    We also suggest taking the time to read OFAC’s latest regulations on their website at the following address: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/pages/cuba.aspx

    Please, do not miss the FAQs published by OFAC at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/pages/cuba.aspx

    Additionally, if you are looking for resources on Cuba Legal Services, the link below can prove helpful: http://cubalegalservices.com

    Can Americans Travel to Cuba Legally?



    Yes, there are many avenues to legal Cuba travel for Americans. In fact, the process is often simple and quick. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call for more information on joining one of our tours.

    Who can travel legally?



    Individuals falling in the following categories are permitted under current US regulations to travel into Cuba:
  • Full time professionals attending professional meeting or conferences in Cuba.
  • Full time professionals conducting research in their specific professions and professional areas while in Cuba.
  • Accredited universities and schools participating in structured educational programs as part of a for-credit course with their sponsoring US institution.
  • Secondary schools and secondary teachers, students and staff to take part in courses or structured program offered by the secondary school or other U.S. academic institution.
  • US residents interested in participating in educational exchanges and people-to-people trips that promote the interaction with the Cuban people, and are sponsored by organizations that promote such sort of exchanges.
  • Amateur or semi-professionals athletes attending athletic and non-athletic competitions in Cuba.
  • US residents attending certain clinics, workshops, exhibitions and public performances in Cuba.
  • Members and staff of religious organizations.
  • Those travelling for official government business.
  • Journalists.
  • Persons visiting close relatives who are Cuban nationals.
  • Persons visiting close relatives who are government employees that have been assigned to the US Interests Section in Havana.
  • Persons who have received a Specific License to travel to Cuba.

  • As a full-time professional, do I qualify for a General License?



    Yes, provided that the purpose of your trip to Cuba should be to conduct research related to your profession, professional background or area of expertise, including your area of graduate-level full time study.

    Do I need to apply with the government to receive a General License?



    No, you do not. Current regulations state very clearly that a person travelling to Cuba on a General License may do so “without needing to write in to OFAC for a letter of specific authorization” (quoted from OFAC regulations)

    How does the General License work?



    A general license will be prepared and written by you and with no need for further permission from OFAC. You must have the license with you when traveling to Cuba and must present it to US Immigrations officials upon departure (if flying directly to Cuba from a US airport) as well as upon return if asked.

    If I qualify for travel via the General License, can I take my family on the trip?



    Each traveler must have their own general license.

    As a university professor or secondary teacher, can I take my students on legal Cuba tours?



    Yes. Thanks to changes in travel regulations as of January 2011 and January 2015, accredited secondary schools and universities are now eligible to take students, faculty, and staff (including but not limited to adjunct and part time staff) to Cuba.

    As the leader of a religious organization, can I organize a religious trip to Cuba for members of my organization?



    Yes. You are required only to carry a letter on official letterhead that has been signed by a representative of the sponsoring US religious organization who has been designated to be the official responsible for that organization’s Cuba travel program.

    As a US Citizen, am I allowed to spend money in Cuba?



    The per diem rate previously imposed no longer applies, and there is no specific dollar limit on authorized expenses. Authorized travelers may engage in transactions ordinarily incident to travel within Cuba, including payment of living expenses and the acquisition in Cuba of goods for personal consumption there; other expenditures, other than those directly incident to the traveler’s authorized activities in Cuba, are not authorized.

    What can I bring back from Cuba?



    According to updates to US travel regulations, as of January 2015, now you can bring as accompanied baggage, Cuban merchandise with a value that does not exceed $400 per person_ provided that only $100 of the merchandise consist of tobacco or alcohol products.

    You can also bring back items that are informational in nature, such as books, films, posters, CDs, and photographs, and artwork. These items are statutorily exempt from regulation and may be freely transported. Artwork is defined by the government as “paintings, drawings, and pastels (executed entirely by hand), original engravings, prints and lithographs, original sculptures, and statuary in any material”.


    Can Americans go to Cuba legally using a Canadian Agency?



    Absolutely! US authorized travelers can make their travel arrangements with any travel service provider (including travel agents and airlines) in USA or abroad.


    Please, notice that the information herein is provided as a courtesy and does not constitute legal advice or a legal opinion. We encourage you to read CUBAN ASSETS CONTROL REGULATIONS


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