Travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens continues to be legal, as long as travelers declare which of the 11 legal categories of travel they are visiting under. This is done during the flight purchasing process as well as any other booking made through a U.S. company prior to visiting Cuba (e.g. Airbnb, TripAdvisor, etc.).
Below is a listing of the most recent changes to U.S. policy and a brief description of the affects they had on travel.
On January 10th, 2020, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued updated guidelines on the regulations by restricting charter flights to Cuba. This did not affect commercial flights and mostly affects Cuban-Americans who often use charter flights to fly to airports other than Havana.
On October 25th, 2019, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued updated guidelines on the regulations which restricted comercial flights for U.S. airlines to airports other than Havana. All commercial airlines were now required to fly into Havana, and routes to Santiago, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, and Holguin were discontinued.
On June 4th, 2019, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued updated guidelines on the regulations regarding travel to Cuba. Two changes were made:
- The People-to-People category was eliminated as a category of travel, leaving 11 other remaining categories. Any U.S. citizen who has made at least one travel related transaction in preparation for their trip (flight or lodging reservations) is exempted from the rule change and is allowed to travel under the previous rules.
- Cruise ships and other maritime vessels are no longer allowed to dock at Cuban ports.
For more information on how you can travel to Cuba legally under the Support for the Cuban People category with the assistance of a Cuba Hero, click here.
For more information about Cuba travel with ViaHero, see the Travel To Cuba section of the ViaHero Help Desk.
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