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Travel Categories

To be eligible to travel to Cuba from the U.S., your visit must fall under one of these categories.

Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and persons traveling with them who share a common dwelling as a family, are authorized to travel to visit a “close relative”.

The term “close relative” used with respect to any person means any individual related to that person by blood, marriage, or adoption who is no more than three generations removed from that person or from a common ancestor with that person

Transactions, including the travel-related transactions, that are related to the humanitarian projects in or related to Cuba that are designed to directly benefit the Cuban people as described below are authorized provided that: the traveler’s schedule of activities does not include free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full-time schedule.

Persons who are employees, contractors, or grantees of the U.S. government, any foreign government, or any intergovernmental organization of which the United States is a member or holds observer status, and who are traveling on the official business of their government or intergovernmental organization, are authorized to engage in travel-related transactions and such additional transactions as are directly incident to activities in their official capacities.

Persons who are: regularly employed as a journalist by a news reporting organization; regularly employed as supporting broadcast or technical personnel; freelance journalists with a record of previous journalistic experience working on a freelance journalistic project; broadcast or technical personnel with a record of previous broadcast or technical experience who are supporting a freelance journalist working on a freelance journalistic project, are authorized to engage in travel-related transactions and such additional transactions as are directly incident to journalistic activities in Cuba, as long as their schedule of activities does not include free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full-time schedule.

Travel-related transactions and such additional transactions as are directly incident to professional research are authorized provided that: (i) the purpose of the meeting or conference is not the promotion of tourism in Cuba; (ii) the purpose of the meeting directly relates to the traveler’s profession, professional background, or area of expertise, including graduate-level full-time study; (iii) and the travel does not engage in recreational travel, tourist travel, or travel in pursuit of a hobby; and (iv) the schedule of activities does not include free time recreation in excess of that consistent with a full-time schedule of attendance at professional meetings and conferences.

Participation in a formal course of study at a Cuban academic institution, provided the formal course of study in Cuba will be accepted for credit toward the student’s graduate or undergraduate degree.

Teaching at a Cuban academic institution related to an academic program at the Cuban institution, provided that the individual is regularly employed by a U.S. or other non-Cuban academic institution.

Sponsorship, including the payment of a stipend or salary, of a Cuban scholar to teach or engage in other scholarly activity at the sponsoring U.S. academic institution.

Educational exchanges sponsored by Cuban or U.S. secondary schools involving secondary school students’ participation in a 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
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.

The organization of, and preparation for, activities described in paragraphs 31 C.F.R. § 515.565(a)(1) through (a)(7) of this section by members of the faculty and staff of the sponsoring U.S. academic institution or secondary school.

Facilitation by an organization that is a person subject to U.S. jurisdiction, or a member of the staff of such an organization, of licensed educational activities in Cuba on behalf of U.S. academic institutions or secondary schools.

People-to-People travel under the auspices of an organization that sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people contact.

On June 16, 2017 President Trump announced changes that affect INDIVIDUALS traveling under this category. Call us for more information at 1(800) 993-9667

Persons, including religious organizations located in the United States and members and staff of such organizations, are authorized to engage in the travel-related transactions and such additional transactions as are directly incident to engaging in religious activities in Cuba provided they engage in a full-time schedule of religious activities while in Cuba.

The travel-related transactions and such other transactions as are directly incident to participation in a public performance, clinic, workshop, athletic competition not covered by paragraph (a) of this section, non-athletic competition, or exhibition in Cuba by participants in such activities are authorized.

Employees, officials, consultants, or agents of persons providing travel or carrier services or remittance forwarding services are authorized to engage in travel-related transactions to travel to Cuba for professional meetings.

The travel-related transactions and such additional transactions as are directly incident to activities by private foundations or research or educational institutes with an established interest in international relations to collect information related to Cuba for noncommercial purposes are authorized provided that the traveler’s schedule of activities does not include free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full time schedule.

The travel-related transactions and such additional transactions as are 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 reexport licensing policy of the Department of Commerce are authorized, provided that the traveler’s schedule of activities does not include free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full-time schedule.