Travel to Cuba

 

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With the easing of restrictions for travel to Cuba, you no longer have to apply to the Cuban government for a special permit to visit the country, and you may bring back some items that you could not bring back previously. However, you must still travel with a tour company that is approved by the Cuban government, on an approved People-to-People educational group itinerary. You cannot just go on a fun in the sun trip on your own – Prohibited travel continues to include holidays such as relaxation stays at beach resorts.

Approved travel must fall into one of the following 12 categories: (1) family visits; (2) official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; (3) journalistic activity; (4) professional research and professional meetings; (5) educational activities; (6) religious activities; (7) public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; (8) support for the Cuban people; (9) humanitarian projects; (10) activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; (11) exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials; and (12) certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.

Check out the following URL to see the specifics of the new regulations: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/17/fact-sheet-charting-new-course-cuba