Travel to Cuba is still legal

On June 16, 2017, President Trump ordered a reversal of some of the Obama-era changes to Cuba policy affecting travel. On November 9, 2017, the new regulations went into effect and the U.S. Treasury Department issued FAQs on the changes. Long-time Cuba travel provider Marazul has provided further clarification in a November 16 letter which links to an attached Notice to Travelers and a list of prohibited facilities. Further information is available on this webinar from the National Network on Cuba and also on the Marazul website.

Travel to Cuba has principally been affected in two ways. The first is that individual nonacademic people-to-people travel is no longer allowed although individual travel in other categories has not been restricted and the support for the Cuban people category has been broadened. The second is that travelers are not to allowed to spend money at facilities that are deemed to be controlled by the Cuban military. A list of those facilities can be found here.

Prior to the issuance of the travel regulations, the Trump administration also issued a completely unsubstantiated warning against travel to Cuba based on alleged "sonic attacks" on certain embassy personnel. Cuba travel providers in the U.S. agree that there there is no danger and are ignoring the warning. In any case, this travel warning is only advisory, not mandatory. View a video here from Razones de Cuba on the alleged attacks. Some travel companies say that Cuba is the safest country in the world to visit.

Despite the new restrictions, apparently no request for appropriations to enforce the new regulations has been made and, in addition, the National Lawyers Guild has reiterated its pledge to provide legal assistance to support the rights of U.S. travelers to Cuba. 

Also see our updates page for news about the changes.

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General

Individual travel
Individual travel is still permitted but is restricted by the U.S. to 12 categories. Many airlines and consolidators like CheapAir and Delta accept individual reservations.

Group travel
Traveling with a group is usually the best way for individuals who are unfamiliar with Cuba to learn more about the country, since groups have access to Cuban sites, organizations and events that are often not available to individuals. Some of the groups organizing solidarity delegations and less expensive group travel are listed below this section. USA Today has more details in this March 12, 2018, article.

Insurance and visa
A Cuban visa and health insurance are required for travel to Cuba. The travel rider on your personal health insurance policy will not work in Cuba due to the U.S. embargo. Visas and health insurance policies are usually provided by or are available through your travel provider.

Ethical travel
A group of travel organizations and other entities have recently formed an organization called RESPECT, "Responsible and Ethical Cuba Travel," which has adopted guidelines whose "aim is to make U.S. travel to Cuba part of the global movement for ethical travel . . . particularly important in supporting Cuba’s goal to become a sustainable destination for mutual learning and benefit.” We encourage Cuba travelers to use providers that adhere to these principles. 



   
Upcoming solidarity trips  

July
September


Minnesota-based travel

Click here for a report on a January 2017 trip organized by the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development in collaboration with MN Senator Patricia Torres Ray

   

   
Travel agencies and travel groups
 
Organizations providing group travel

Companies providing individual travel as well as servicing groups


Information about travel (may not include November updates)
  

   
Travel Challenges
 
Pastors for Peace and the Venceremos Brigade take unlicensed delegations to Cuba each year as a way of challenging the embargo. In recent years, the U.S. government has not attempted to penalize anyone going on these trips, including those in July 2017.