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LEGALITIES OF TRAVELING TO CUBA, FOR US PASSPORT HOLDERS
CUBA TRAVEL UPDATE – ALL IS WELL
Please rest assured that the US Government People-To-People Program is still intact and it will be intact for the foreseeable future. Our upcoming Cuba travel programs will continue to enroll and proceed as planned.
The People-To-People Program for travel to Cuba has been in place since 1999. People-To-People travel, a program to put US travelers in touch with Cuban people through cultural and educational exchanges, is legal and permitted. (Tourism is not legal!) Our travelers travel with us under Program categories that pertain primarily to Education/Cultural Exchanges and missions.
Reminders – (1) Tourism is still NOT permitted in Cuba by US passport holders. (2) All US passport holders are required to sign a Cuba Travel Affidavit to indicate which People-To-People category they are using. (3) All US passport holders are required to obtain and pay for a Cuba Travel Visa (included in your package price) that is required for US Departure and ticketing and is submitted on entry to and again on departure from Cuba when going through Cuba Customs at the airport.
The recent initiatives of the Obama Administration pertained to: (a) restoring diplomatic relations, (b) increasing trade, and (c) attempting to get the U.S. Congress to end the close to fifty-year economic embargo. The incoming Administration may or may not reverse progress to date on these three fronts. Your Cuba travel with us is not directly affected by any potential changes to any of these.
Yvonne J Butler, CEO, YButler Group, LLC/YButler Tours
*** Tourism travel to Cuba is still not legal for US Passport holders. We can arrange your travel with our group programs or for organizational and other travel programs to Cuba. See below or at the provided link the twelve (12) categories under which you may travel.***
See the US Government site:
Travel to Cuba for tourist activities remains prohibited by statute. There are, however, 12 categories of authorized travel. The Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses in all 12 categories of authorized travel, subject to appropriate conditions. This means that individuals who meet the regulatory conditions of the respective general license they seek to travel under do not need to apply for a specific license from OFAC to travel to Cuba.
The 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are: family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; 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; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials; and certain authorized export transactions.
For specific information on the Cuba sanctions regulations, including fact sheets on recent changes regarding Cuba, applying for an OFAC license online, and more guidance regarding travel to Cuba please visit this Department of Treasury webpage. For travel-specific questions, please see31 C.F.R. 515.560, as well as OFAC's Frequently Asked Questions.