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Cultural Cuba Travel for US Citizens
It is possible for US citizens to travel to Cuba legally after the publication of the new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (31 CFR Part 515) on September 24, 2020. US Professionals interested in conducting Professional Research in the traveler’s profession, professional background, or area of expertise can travel to Cuba under the General License for Professional Research among others. US citizens can also go to Cuba under the Support for the Cuban People General License, General License for Educational Activities; and other authorizations still in place. None of the existing 12 categories of Cuba legal travel have been eliminated, the US embassy in Havana will remain open and commercial flights will continue to Havana only. Learn more at our website about
US Cuba Travel Authorizations
Cuba Tours
Whether you want to go to Cuba for Professional Research, Support for the Cuban People, Professional Meetings, Religious Activities, Public Performances, Exhibitions or Workshops, chances are you can find a Cuba tour that matches your interest in our 2021 & 2022 rooster. Here’s our full roster of Cuba tours:
Cuba Real Tour 10 From Oct 9 to Oct 16, 2021
Cuba Engage 10 From Oct 9 to Oct 16, 2021
Performing Arts Tour From Oct 10 to Oct 17, 2021
Dance Cuba Tour From Oct 10 to Oct 17, 2021
Seven Historical Cities I From Nov 4 to Nov 15, 2021
Cuba Nature Tour From Nov 5 to Nov 14, 2021
Jo Jazz Havana Trip From Nov 10 to Nov 17, 2021
Cuba Business Tour From Nov 13 to Nov 20, 2021
Healthcare Cuba Tour From Nov 13 to Nov 20, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 11 From Nov 13 to Nov 20, 2021
Cuba Engage 11 From Nov 13 to Nov 20, 2021
Film Festival Cuba Tour From Dec 6 to Dec 13, 2021
Cuba Real Tour 12 From Dec 25 to Jan 1, 2022
Cuba Engage 12 From Dec 25 to Jan 1, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 9 From Dec 25 to Jan 1, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 10 From Dec 25 to Jan 1, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 11 From Dec 25 to Jan 1, 2022
Bird Watching Cuba Tour From Dec 25 to Jan 1, 2022
Cuba Architecture Tour From Dec 25 to Jan 1, 2022
Cuban Art Explorer IV From Dec 25 to Jan 1, 2022
Photography Tour IV From Dec 25 to Jan 1, 2022
Family Discovery Tour From Dec 25 to Jan 1, 2022
Jewish Heritage Tour From Dec 27 to Jan 3, 2022
Havana Jazz Festival From Jan 16 to Jan 24, 2022
Santiago Jazz Festival From Jan 17 to Jan 24, 2022
Cuba Jazz Festival From Jan 19 to Jan 24, 2022
Cuba Real Tour 1 From Jan 15 to Jan 22, 2022
Cuba Engage 1 From Jan 15 to Jan 22, 2022
Havana Book Fair From Feb 4 to Feb 11, 2022
Cuba Al Natural From Feb 11 to Feb 22, 2022
Cuba Real Tour 2 From Feb 12 to Feb 19, 2022
Cuba Engage 2 From Feb 12 to Feb 19, 2022
Habano Cigar Festival From Feb 19 to Feb 26, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 1 From Feb 26 to Mar 5, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 2 From Mar 5 to Mar 12, 2022
Cuba Real Tour 3 From Mar 12 to Mar 19, 2022
Cuba Engage 3 From Mar 12 to Mar 19, 2022
Cuba Art Explorer I From Mar 12 to Mar 19, 2022
Bird Watching Cuba Tour From Mar 12 to Mar 19, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 3 From Mar 12 to Mar 19, 2022
Cuba Business Tour From Mar 12 to Mar 19, 2022
Healthcare Cuba Tour From Mar 12 to Mar 19, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 4 From Mar 19 to Mar 26, 2022
Photography Tour I From Apr 9 to Apr 16, 2022
The Nature of Cuba From Apr 9 to Apr 18, 2022
Cuba Engage 4 From Apr 9 to Apr 16, 2022
Cuba Real Tour 4 From Apr 9 to Apr 16, 2022
Four Biosphere Reserves From May 6 to May 15, 2022
Cuba Engage 5 From May 14- May 21, 2022
Cuba Real Tour 5 From May 14- May 21, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 5 Jun 11- Jun 18, 2022
Cuba Engage 6 Jun 11- Jun 18, 2022
Cuba Art Explorer II Jun 11- Jun 18, 2022
Cuba Real Tour 6 Jun 11- Jun 18, 2022
Photography Tour II Jun 11- Jun 18, 2022
Fire Festival Cuba Tour Jun 28- Jul 5, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 6 From Jul 2- Jul 9, 2022
Cuba Real Tour 7 From Jul 2- Jul 9, 2022
Cuba Engage 7 From Jul 2- Jul 9, 2022
Cuba Business Tour From Jul 2- Jul 9, 2022
Healthcare Cuba Tour From Jul 2- Jul 9, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 7 From Jul 9- Jul 16, 2022
Jews of Cuba Travel From Aug 11- Aug 18, 2022
Cuba Real Tour 8 Aug 13- Aug 20, 2022
Cuba Engage 8 Aug 13- Aug 20, 2022
Photographers On Tour Aug 13- Aug 20, 2022
Cuba Education Tour 8 Aug 13- Aug 20, 2022
Cuba Art Explorer III Aug 13- Aug 20, 2022
Cuba Architecture Tour I Aug 13- Aug 20, 2022
Lawyers Cuba Travel Aug 13- Aug 20, 2022
Seven Historical Cities II From Aug 13- Aug 24, 2022
Cuba Real Tour 9 From Sep 10- Sep 17, 2022
Cuba Engage 9 From Sep 10- Sep 17, 2022
Cuba Baseball Tour From Sep 10- Sep 17, 2022
Cuba Ballet Festival From Oct 25- Nov 1, 2022
Havana Art Biennial From Nov 19- Nov 26, 2023

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Cuba Cultural Festivals

Cuba Travel, Havana Film Festival 2021. Cuba Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The Havana Film Festival is a cultural event with no parallel for the promotion of Spanish language filmmakers. It draws thousands of movie goers and cultural buffs from all over Cuba each December.

Cuba Travel, Havana Jo Jazz Festival 2021.Jo Jazz Festival of Havana The Jo Jazz Havana is the result of music education in Cuba. As talented young jazz musicians emerged from Cuban music schools every year, they are eager to showcase their talents in Havana’s most popular jazz venues.

International Jazz Festival of Havana Cuba Cultural Tour 2022;Authentic Cuba cultural travel goes to Havana for the 36th Jazz Festival of Havana 2022 organized by renowned Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdes will run January 19- 23, 2022 at several locations in Havana.

Travel to Cuba for the International Havana Book Fair, 2022.Travel to the festival with the highest attendance in Cuba: the 31st Havana International Book Fair 2022 that will begin in Havana City on February 2022, and then it will spread east and west of the capital. The book fair will end in Santiago de Cuba.

Cuba Tour, Habano Cigar Festival 2022The Habano Cigar Festival 2022 is considered by experts as the biggest world party to promote the Premium type cigar. It only competes with this one, without surpassing its quality, the Big Smoke of Las Vegas in the United States.

Cuba Travel, Fire Festival 2022.Travel to Santiago de Cuba for the Fiesta del Fuego Festival 2022 (Fire Festival 2022) that highlights the cultural expressions of the region. The annual Fire Festival is a very well-known street party taking place in the month of July in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

Cuba Travel, Havana Ballet Festival 2022.International Ballet Festival of Havana 2022. Organized by the Cuba’s National Ballet, the International Ballet Festival of Havana draws dancers, choreographers and companies from all over the globe.

Cuba Tour, Havana Art Festival 2023 The Havana Art Biennial 2023 is an exciting celebration featuring not only the best of Cuban visual artists, but also artists from other countries from Latin America, the Caribbean, and from developing countries.

Cuba Festival Tours, Authentic Cuba Travel® Flagship

Support for the Cuban People Tours & Travel Discount Cuba Tours Support for the Cuban People Tours & Travel Official Festival Tours to Cuba Jo Jazz Havana Competition 2021 Official Tour to the Havana Film Festival Cuba jazz festival 2022 Jazz Festival, Santiago de Cuba 2022 Havana Jazz Festival Jazz Plaza 2022 Official Tour to the Havana Book Fair Habano Cigar Festival Cuba Beach for Spring Break 2021 US Organizations Cuba Travel by Authehtic Cuba Travel Cuba School Travel and Study Tours Fire Festival, Santiago de Cuba 2022 Havana Ballet Festival 2022 Havana Art Biennial 2023

Cuba Festival Travel, Your Doorway to Authentic Cuba


Authentic Cuba Travel® escorted tours to Cuba's international Festivals & Events, Cuba Jazz Festival, Cuba Book Fair, Havana Art Biennial, Jo Jazz Havana, Fire Festival, Habano Cigar Festival, Havana Film Festival and more...

Every year Cuba’s International Festivals brought travellers to Cuba from all over the world. Every year Authentic Cuba Travel® makes sure that those attending international events such as the Havana Jazz Festival, the Havana Book Fair, the Havana Film Festival, the Havana Art Biennial, the Fire Festival, the Havana Ballet Festival or the Habano Cigar Festival get the most out of their Cuba travel experience and get to know the authentic Cuba.

Our authentic Cuba tours are fully hosted by Cuba’s ministries and organizing committees, giving the Cuba travellers official status and the opportunity to enjoy backstage tours, rub shoulders with renowned personalities, stay well-informed and have unlimited access to festivals’ happenings.

There are many things that help set Authentic Cuba Travel® apart from the crowd when it comes to Cuba festival travel. For starters, our Cuba festival tours include more than just tickets and premium seats; our Cuba tours offer stops at some of the most picturesque and authentic cities, towns, villages and neighborhoods in Cuba fully escorted by Cuba’s best tour guides

While festivals and events may be the main draw of our Cuba tours, we make sure that every aspect of the Cuba travel experience is perfect. We are Cuba’s doorway to Cuba’s Festivals and Events; we offer you the best value for your money and we show you the authentic Cuba like no one else can.

Authentic Cuba Travel® provides legal travel services to Cuba for authorized US educational institutions and organizations (including religious organizations). We also facilitate travel arrangements for American travellers looking to go to Cuba under the authorizations of the General License for Professional Research, the General License for Semi-Professional & Amateur International Sports Competition, the General License for Support for the Cuban People, the General License for Educational Activities, and others.

We take care of flights to Cuba’s main destinations departing from USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US travelers can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.

Notice to US Arts Organizations, Foundations and Institutes; US Ballet Theatre Companies; US Centers for the Performing Arts; US International Centers of Photography, US Museums of Photography Arts, and other Cultural Organizations and Associations from US:



US Arts Organizations, Foundations and Institutes; US Ballet Theatre Companies; US Centers for the Performing Arts; US International Centers of Photography, US Museums of Photography Arts, and other Cultural Organizations and Associations from USA can organize a trip to Cuba under the provisions of the General License for Educational Activities, the General License for Support for the Cuban People, the General License for Professional Research, the General License for Semi-Professional & Amateur International Sports Competition, the General License for Humanitarian Projects, the General License for Activities of Private Foundations or Research or Educational Institutes among others. Certain conditions are to be met to comply with OFAC General License requirements for each category of USA Cuba travel though.

The mission of your organization and the objective of your trip to Cuba determine under what general license you can travel to Cuba legally. In general, most trips 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. Free time in excess or regular tourists' activities are not permitted.

We take care of all details both in North America and in Cuba, including VISA and flight arrangements to Cuba's main destinations via USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, or other) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US organizations can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.

At Authentic Cuba Travel®, we have been organizing such educational and cultural travel experiences from the United States of America for years with great success.

Authentic Cuba Festivals

Fire Festival of Santiago de Cuba


In Santiago de Cuba every July, locals and visitors alike take part in the annual Festival del Fuego. During the Cuba Fire Festival, events start during the morning hours and last well into the nighttime hours. The main streets of the city are lined with temporary bars and stalls comprised of palm fronds and bamboo, and Santiago residents and travelers alike gather together to take part in one of the island’s largest parties.

Havana Film Festival


The Havana Film Festival promotes the cinematographic works of Spanish- language filmmakers from Latin America, Spain and Cuba mainly and it is sponsored by the Cuban Institute of the Cinematographic Art and Industry, ICAIC. The Festival draws thousands of film buff from all over Cuba to Havana during the first two weeks of December each year.

Jazz Festival of Havana


Started in 1979 as a number of concerts by Cuban jazz master Bobby Carcasses and other famous Cuban musicians, the first official Cuba Jazz Festival took place in 1981 in the Casa de la Cultura in Havana’s Plaza municipality (from which the festival was named). The 2021 Havana Jazz Festival, or Jazz Plaza 2021, which is organized by famed Cuban jazz artist Chucho Valdes and is sponsored by ICM, or the Cuban Institute of Music, will be held at many locations throughout the capital city.

Havana's International Book Fair


Every February, the International Book Fair of Havana serves to turn the ancient Spanish fort known as San Carlos de la Cabana into one of the largest book events on earth. The International Book Fair of Havana will use “To Read Is to Grow” as its theme and will work to celebrate the interrelations, cultural heritage, and traditions of the many Caribbean nations.

Habano Cigar Festival


Considered by many to be the world’s biggest premium cigar celebration, the Habano Cigar Festival has competition in only one other festival- Las Vegas’ The Big Smoke. It is often said, however, that The Big Smoke cannot surpass the Havana Cigar Festival in quality largely because American regulations prevent the festival from importing and showcasing the many premium cigars made in Cuba.

Havana Ballet Festival


The Cuba Ballet Festival is held every two years. Dancers, ballet companies, and choreographers from across the world look forward to taking part in the event, which is hosted by Cuba’s National Ballet. The International Ballet Festival of Havana offers the unique opportunity to witness some of the world’s biggest talents as Cuba’s capital city briefly becomes a mecca for talented dancers from all across the globe.

Havana Art Biennial


As the name implies, the Havana Art Biennial is held in the capital city every other year. For Cuban artists hoping to make their works famous on an international level, the Havana Art Biennial is a major event. For a brief time, the entire capital city becomes a giant art gallery where multiple mediums, themes, ideals, and genres come together.

US Cuba Cultural Travel

Authentic Cuba Travel® offers escorted cultural tours to Cuba in the fields of arts, photography, dance & music, ballet, performing arts for US travellers under the provisions of the General License for Support for the Cuban People.

For example: an American individual plans to travel to Cuba on his/her own (or with a group of friends) to learn about the Cuban culture and support the Cuban people in order to 1) launch a new privately-owned business venture; or 2) volunteer with a nongovernmental organization; or 3) carry activities aimed at strengthening civil society; or others with similar intent.

During this Cuba trip the US traveler stays in a Casa Particular (private rental accommodation owned by a Cuban family or individual) or in a hotel (not on the OFAC restricted list of Cuban entities); the American individual or group of individuals does eat most of his/hers meals in Paladares (family restaurants owned by a Cuban family or individual) and shop at stores owned by Cuenta Propistas (self-employed Cuban entrepreneurs); all while engaging with the Cuban owners of these entities in conversations about their day-to-day life, way-of-living, and entrepreneurial challenges and dreams.

The full-time schedule of activities of the American individual traveler (or group of travelers) will result in a meaningful interaction with the Cubans and; therefore, it may qualify for the General License for the Support for the Cuban People.

Here’s a shortcut to our main Cuba Festival Tours for 2021 & 2022.

Havana Film Festival 2021 Cuba Tour.,

Havana Jazz Festival 2021 Cuba Tour,

Havana Book Fair 2021 Cuba Tour,

Santiago de Cuba Jazz Festival Cuba Tour,

Fire Festival 2021 Cuba Tour.

Cuba Travel NEWS

On September 24, 2020, the Department of The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published the new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 CFR part 515. None of the existing 12 categories of Cuba legal travel have been eliminated, the US embassy in Havana will remain open and commercial flights will continue to Havana only. Read more...

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Notice to US Schools of the Arts; US Schools of Photography; US Ballet Schools; US Schools of Music & Dance; US Schools for the Performing Arts; and other Academic Institutions from USA:



In January 2016, the US Government 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).

After President Trump’s policy change on USA Cuba travel on September 24, 2020, the General License for Educational Activities remains in place. Accredited U.S. graduate or under graduate degree-granting institutions; U.S. Academic Institutions; and U.S. Schools can organize and sponsor an educational trip to Cuba for their students, faculty and staff under the General License for Educational Activities, provided that the trip meets OFAC guidelines; and that an employee or other representative of the organization escorts the trip to make sure such guidelines are followed by all participants.

US Schools of the Arts; US Schools of Photography; US Ballet Schools; US Schools of Music & Dance; US Schools for the Performing Arts; and other Academic Institutions from USA can organize and sponsor a trip to Cuba for educational activities. 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 Cuban or U.S. secondary schools involving secondary school students’ participation in a formal course of study or in a structured educational program offered by a secondary school or other academic institution, and led by a teacher or other secondary school official are authorized. This authorization allows for participation of a reasonable number of adult chaperones to accompany the secondary school students to Cuba.

_ 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;

_ participation in a 10-week structured educational program in Cuba as part of a course offered at the U.S. institution;

_ participation in a formal 10-week course of study at a Cuban academic institution, provided the formal course of study in Cuba will be accepted for credit toward the student’s undergraduate or graduate degree at the U.S. institution;

We take care of all details both in North America and in Cuba, including VISA and flight arrangements to Cuba's main destinations via USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, or other) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US organizations can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.

At Authentic Cuba Travel®, we have been organizing such educational and cultural travel experiences from the United States of America for years with great success.

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