On September 3rd, 2009 the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended three major areas in a series of regulations concerning travel to Cuba, in order to implement President Obama’s initiative of April 13, 2009. These areas are: family visits, family remittances, and telecommunications.
OFAC issued a general license authorizing travel related transactions for visits to “close relatives” (aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins) who live in Cuba with no limit on frequency or duration of these visits, and eased restrictions on remittances to those relatives. OFAC also issued a general license to certain telecommunication services as well. Please go to the following websites for more information:
US Department of the Treasury. Resource Center. Cuba Sanctions
Fact Sheet: Treasury Amends Cuban Assets Control Regulations To Implement the President’s Initiative on Family Visits, Remittances, and Telecommunications
Hoja Informativa: Tesoro Modifica Reglamento Para el Control de Bienes Cubanos A Fin de Implementar El Programa del Presidente Sobre Visitas Familiares, Remesas y Telecomunicaciones.
What To Do
In order to travel to Cuba to visit family, every passenger must have a valid Passport – or U.S. Green Card – and a valid Cuban Visa.
- Persons who left Cuba before December 31, 1970 can travel to Cuba with their U.S. Passport (or Green Card) but need to apply for a PE-11 Visa. We need you to send us a copy of your valid U.S. Passport as well as a copy of any official U.S. document that proves residence outside of Cuba before 12/31/70 (for example an old school or medical record, electric or phone bill in your name, etc) .
- Persons who left Cuba after December 31, 1970 travel to Cuba using both their Cuban and American documents. You must have a valid U.S. passport or Green Card, and a Cuban passport with its corresponding Visa (or Habilitacion). We need you to send us a copy of your valid Cuban passport with Visa (Pasaporte Habilitado) as well as a copy of your U.S. documents.
- Please see and download below the travel forms that each person traveling to Cuba must review, complete, and return to us in order to begin making all travel arrangements. If you have any questions or need help filling the forms, please firstname.lastname@example.org or call any of our numbers in Miami and we will gladly help you through the process.
Download this Travel Forms
• Individual and Groups
• Visa/Passport application