US citizens travel to Cuba

Since President Obama's visit to Cuba earlier this year, we have seen a large increase in the numbers of US citizens wishing to visit the wonderful country of Cuba. Although the doors to Cuba have opened a little in recent months, it is still not currently possible for US citizens to visit Cuba in a tourist only capacity. Travel to Cuba for tourist activities remains prohibited by statute. There are, however, 12 categories of authorized travel.  The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses in all 12 categories of authorized travel categories, 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.
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