can americans travel to cuba
Can I Travel to Cuba ?

NEW Guidelines: 07-01-2017

Things are still "a little cloudy" as to who can / can not travel to Cuba since the speech a couple of weeks ago. Feel free to contact us. We will post the changes as soon as available.


Here are the new rules in a nutshell:

  • Travelers will no longer need to obtain a license from the Treasury as long as their trip fits a broad range of categories. However, technically, pure tourism is still forbidden.
  • Americans can spend as much money as they want in Cuba each day.
  • They'll be able to use their American credit and debit cards to do so.
  • Travelers can bring up to $400 worth of merchandise back to the States, including $100 worth of cigars or liquor.
  • American airlines and travel agents will be able to provide services to the island without a special license.
  • U.S. insurance firms can now sell global health, life, and travel insurance policies to those visiting Cuba.
  • American firms can now also sell items such as computers, TV sets, and cell phones directly to Cubans.
  • Cuban-Americans can send up to $2,000 per quarter to family members on the island.
  • Banks can now transfer remittances without a special license.
  • Cuban-Americans in particular are now allowed to return to the Island with $10,000 in cash.
  • Journalists and academics can export items to the island deemed necessary for their work.
  • U.S. companies can export items such as building materials and agricultural equipment for use in Cuba's private sector.




THESE ARE GENERAL GUIDELINES...See LINKS at the top of the page for your individual needs.

The answer is YES, for a lot of people. The USA allows for many Americans to travel to Cuba legally every year. One must simply qualify under the various "licenses" allowed.

Many TRAVEL AGENCIES host trips under these categories.


We do not have any information listed herein about the rumors that many Americans travel to Cuba via Cancun with no
adverse marking on their US passport, as we not only think it may be risky, but we found little savings in money in many
cases when we calculated the costs from our location (Dallas)


Application to Travel to Cuba

To travel one must fall under these licenses:- See Full Guide



The Regulations currently contain eight general licenses authorizing travel-related transactions

involving Cuba. General licenses constitute blanket authorization for those transactions set forth in the

relevant regulation. No further permission from OFAC is required to engage in transactions covered

by a general license. Individuals wishing to engage in the following activities involving Cuba should

first review the general license contained in the Regulations to determine whether their travel-related

transactions are covered by a general license:

--click on the MAIN LINK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE for more information.

-- usen el LINK PRINCIPAL al principio de esta pagina para mas informacion.


1) visiting “close relatives” who are nationals of Cuba or visiting “close relatives” who are

U.S. Government employees assigned to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba (See

2) official business travel by officials of the U.S. Government, foreign governments, or

intergovernmental organizations of which the United States is a member3) journalistic activities by persons regularly
employed as journalists by a news reporting

organization or by persons regularly employed as supporting broadcast or technical


4) professional research conducted by full-time professionals in their professional areas,

attendance at certain professional meetings or conferences organized by international

professional organizations, or participation in certain telecommunications-related

professional meetings

5) educational activities by faculty, staff, and students of accredited U.S. graduate and

undergraduate degree-granting academic institutions

6) religious activities under the auspices of a religious organization located in the United


7) the commercial marketing, sales negotiation, accompanied delivery, or servicing in Cuba

of telecommunications-related items that have been authorized for commercial export or

8) the commercial marketing, sales negotiation, accompanied delivery, or servicing in Cuba

of agricultural commodities, medicine, or medical devices by employees of a producer or

distributor or an entity duly appointed to represent a producer or distributor SPECIFIC:


OFAC will consider the issuance of specific licenses on a case-by-case basis to permit
travel-related transactions where the proposed activity is not covered by a general license
but is addressed by one of the statements of licensing policy listed in section 515.560(a)
and set forth in related sections of the

Regulations. A specific license applicant must wait for OFAC to issue the license prior to engaging
travel-related transactions. Individuals wishing to engage in the following travel-related transactions involving Cuba should first review the specific license policies to determine whether their activities may qualify for a specific license:

1) visiting a close relative who is neither a national of Cuba nor a U.S. Government employee

assigned to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba

2) journalistic activities for a free-lance journalistic project

3) professional research and professional meetings that do not qualify for the general license

4) academic educational activities not authorized by the general license for accredited U.S.

graduate or undergraduate degree-granting academic institutions

5) educational exchanges not involving academic study pursuant to a degree program and that

take place under the auspices of an organization that promotes people-to-people contact

6) academic seminars, conferences, and workshops related to Cuba or global issues involving

Cuba and sponsored or co-sponsored by the traveler’s accredited U.S. graduate or

undergraduate academic institution

7) religious activities not authorized by the general license for religious organizations located

in the United States Revised 7 April 19, 2011

8) athletic competitions by amateur or semi-professional athletes or teams selected by the

relevant U.S. federation

9) participation in a public performance, clinic, workshop, other athletic or non-athletic

competition, or exhibition in Cuba

10) activities intended to provide support for the Cuban people

11) humanitarian projects in or related to Cuba designed to directly benefit the Cuban people

12) activities by private foundations or research or educational institutes that have an

established interest in international relations to collect information related to Cuba for

noncommercial purposes

13) activities related to the exportation, importation, or transmission of information or

informational materials

14) the marketing, sales negotiation, accompanied delivery, or servicing in Cuba of exports

that appear consistent with the export or re-export licensing policy of the Department of

Commerce and that are not authorized by a general license

15) the marketing, sales negotiation, accompanied delivery, or servicing of medicine, medical

supplies, or certain telecommunications equipment by a U.S.-owned or -controlled firm in

a third country to Cuba