CUBA - Travel Categories
Preparing your trip to Cuba.
Under the regulations for Americans traveling to Cuba that went into effect on the 17th of January 2015, your trip must fall into one of the categories specified under the title “General Licenses”.
To help you plan and prepare your trip we have included the links below so you may determine under which category you will fall.
Our itineraries are already based on allowed motivations to visit the island - in general falling under the title “People to People”. If, however you are looking for a category not covered or you are organizing a group to visit the island our specialists will be happy to help you plan the itinerary and customize the trip to your exact needs.
If you need help with your trip or want assistance to finalize your program you can easily contact us: chat with one of our counselors, click here to send a message, call our call center at 1-855-55 TOURS (1-855-558-6877) or submit your group request.
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- Family visits
- Official business of the US Government
- Journalistic activities
- Professional research
- Professional meetings or conferences
- Educational activities
- Religious activities
- Public performance, clinics, workshops, athletic
- Support for the Cuban people
- Humanitarian projects
- Activities of private foundations / research / educational institutions
- Exportation & re-exportation of certain internet-based services
- Transactions related to information & informational materials
- Certain export transactions
- Specific License
515.561(a). Persons traveling to visit a close relative in Cuba, who is (i) a Cuban national, (ii) related to me by blood, marriage, or adoption and (iii) are no more than three generations apart from or from a common ancestor, or
515.561(a). Persons who share a common dwelling as a family with a generally licensed family traveler authorized under above, and are accompanying the licensed traveler on a family visit.
515.561(a). Persons visiting a close relative, who is a U.S. Government employee assigned to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, or
515.561(a). Persons sharing a common dwelling as a family with a generally licensed family traveler in 6(a) above, and accompanying the licensed traveler on a family visit.
515.561(a). Persons located in Cuba pursuant to full time educational activities pursuant to CFR 515.565 (a) (1) through (4) provided the authorized traveler will be in Cuba for more than 60 days.
2. OFFICIAL BUSINESS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS & CERTAIN INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
515.562. Persons employed, contractors or grantees of the United States government or any foreign government or a representative of an international organization of which the United States is a member traveling on official business of their government or intergovernmental organization.
515.563. Persons traveling to Cuba directly to engage in journalistic activities in Cuba or regularly employed as a journalist by a news reporting organization, or are regularly employed as supporting broadcast or as a technical person or a freelance journalist with a record of previous journalistic experience working on a freelance journalistic project or broadcast or technical personnel with a record of previous broadcast or technical experience and whose schedule of activities in Cuba does not include free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full time schedule.
515.564(1). Full-time professionals whose travel transactions are directly related to their profession, professional background, or area of expertise, including area of graduate – level full-time study. Their research in their full-time professional area will comprise a full work schedule in Cuba and they will not engage in recreational travel, tourist travel, travel in pursuit of a hobby, or research for personal satisfaction only.
515.564(2). Full-time professionals whose travel transactions are directly related to attending a professional meeting or conference in Cuba, which directly relates to their profession, professional background or area of expertise, including graduate level full-time study, for which the purpose of the meeting or conference is not to promote tourism in Cuba and whose schedule of activities does not include free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full time schedule of attendance at professional meetings or conferences.
General license for educational activities
515.565(a) Faculty members, staff persons, or students of an academic institution (the “University”) whose travel is incident to (1) participation in a structured educational program in Cuba as part of a course offered for credit by the undergraduate or graduate degree granting academic institution that is sponsoring the program, (2) non-commercial academic research in Cuba specifically related to Cuba and for the purpose of obtaining a graduate degree, (3) participation in a formal course of study at a Cuban academic institution, which will be accepted for credit toward a graduate or undergraduate degree, (4) teaching at a Cuban academic institution by a person, who is regularly employed in a teaching capacity at the University,(5) organization of, and preparation for, educational activities authorized in the Regulations,(6) educational exchanges sponsored by Cuban or U.S secondary schools involving secondary school students participation in 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, (7) Sponsorship or co-sponsorship of noncommercial academic seminars, conferences, and workshops related to Cuba or global issues involving Cuba and attendance at such events by faculty, staff and students of a participating U.S. academic institution.
General license for people-to-people travel.
515.565(b) Persons traveling to Cuba directly incident to educational exchange not involving academic study pursuant to a degree program whose travel (1) takes place under the auspices of an organization that is a person subject to the U.S. jurisdiction and that sponsors such exchanges to Cuba to promote people-to-people contact; (2) the travel is for the purpose of engaging while in Cuba in a full time schedule of activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support for civil society, or promote the Cuba people’s independence from the Cuban authorities; (3) Each traveler will have a full time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba (4) an employee, paid consultant or agent of the sponsoring organization is accompanying the group travel to ensure that each traveler has a full time schedule of educational exchange activities, and (5) the predominant portion of the activities to be engaged in will not be with individuals or entities acting for or on behalf a prohibited member of the Cuban communist Party, as defined by 31 CFR 515.338.
515.566 Persons subject to the U.S. jurisdiction, including religious organizations located in the U.S. and members and staff of such organizations, traveling to Cuba directly incident to engaging in a schedule of full time religious activities in Cuba.
General license for amateur/semi-professional international sports federation competitions
515.567(a) Persons whose travel to Cuba is directly incident to athletic competition by amateur or semi-professional athletics or athletics teams traveling to participate in athletic competition in Cuba provided that (1) the competition is held under the auspices of the international sports federation for the relevant sport;(2) the U.S. participants are selected by the U.S. federation for the relevant sport; (3) the completion is open to the public.
General license for public performances, clinics, workshops, other athletic completion or non-athletic competitions and exhibitions
515.567(b) Persons whose travel to Cuba is directly incident to participation in a public performance, clinic, workshop, non athletic competition or other athletic competition not covered by (a) above provided that: (1) the event is open to for attendance and in relevant situations participation by the Cuban public;(2) all U.S. profits from the event after the costs are donated to an independent non governmental organization in Cuba or a U.S. based charity, with the objective of promoting people –to-people contacts or otherwise benefiting the Cuban people: and (3) any clinics or workshops in Cuba must be organized and run at least in part, by the authorized traveler.
515.574 Persons whose travel to Cuba is directly incident to promoting independent activity intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba and the schedule of activities does not include free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full time schedule
515.575. Persons whose travel to Cuba is directly related to the humanitarian projects in or relation to Cuba that are designed to directly benefit the Cuban people set forth in paragraph (b) of CFR 515.575
515.576 Persons whose travel to Cuba is directly incident to activities by private foundations or research or educational institutions with an established interest in international relations to collect information related to Cuba for non-commercial purposes.
515.578 Persons whose travel to Cuba is directly related to the exportation or re-exportation, directly or indirectly, from the United States or for services incident to the exchange of communications over the internet, provided that it is not for promotion of tourism and domain name registration services.
515.545 Persons whose travel to Cuba is directly incident to exportation, importation, or informational materials as defined by CFR 5151.332 provided that the schedule of activities does not included free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full time schedule
515.533 Persons whose travel is directly incident to the conduct of market research, commercial marketing, sales negotiation, accompanied delivery, or servicing in Cuba of items consistent with the export or re-export licensing policy of the Department or Commerce (DOC) provided that the schedule of activities does not included free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full time schedule
For any other purpose persons must obtain a specific license from OFAC, to be issued prior to their trip and the OFAC license number must be entered on the Travel Affidavit.