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New Trump Policy: What you need to know

As of Friday June 16, 2017, U.S. embargo’s back (sort of)

(It’ll take a couple months to implement)

If you’ve already planned your trip to Cuba or are planning to go in the next month, the new travel restrictions will not apply to you (yet).

From US Treasury website:

How will OFAC implement the changes to the Cuba sanctions program announced by the President on June 16, 2017? Are the changes effective immediately?

  • OFAC expects to issue its regulatory amendments in the coming months.
  • The announced changes do not take effect until the new regulations are issued.

 

Obama lowered the barrier to entry to go to Cuba…Trump reversed it. President Donald Trump is just trying to reverse as much as he can in relation to Obama’s Free Trade and Tourism Policy Initiatives. There are still ways for you to go, the government just likes to complicate things. 

  1. Americans can’t head to there as “tourists” (they technically couldn’t under Obama either) – just take an official tour (Browse that link, and make sure to pick one that the government will approve.
  2. U.S. companies aren’t allowed to to work with Cuban companies in the tourism space.

So, how can you go?

  1. Family travel
  2. Humanitarian Projects
  3. Religious Activities
  4. Public Performances
  5. Official Government Business
  6. Journalism
  7. Professional Research and Meetings
  8. Export
  9. Activities of private foundations or research for educational institutes
  10. Exportation, importation or transmission of information or informational materials
  11. Support for the Cuban People
  12. Educational Activities

More details on these travel types

 

Commercial Flights and Cruise Ships are still permitted to go to Cuba.

  • Spirit, Frontier and Silver airlines deserted their U.S.-to-Cuba routes,
  • Airlines such as JetBlue and Delta are continuing their service to the island

 

Easiest way to go: Book through a tour company (Insight Cuba or Intrepid Travel)

 

Resources for you:

More details on these travel types

June 16, 2017: Details from the U.S. Treasury on travel to Cuba

US Embassy info for Americans interested in going

Legal Cuba Explained