Travel to Cuba IS Possible

Looking for guidance on how to travel to Cuba from the US? As Americans,

planning a trip to Cuba may be certainly overwhelming. Unlike visitors from

Canada and the U.K., Americans are subject to certain restrictions. Since

“tourism” technically is not permitted, your trip will need to fall into an

authorized travel category. You’ll also be subject to certain financial

restrictions while on the island. By following a few guidelines, you can still

visit Cuba.

The Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has

issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel. Individuals who meet the

regulatory conditions of the general license they seek to travel under do not

need to apply for an additional license from OFAC to travel to Cuba. Even

though it’s called a license, it’s not actually a license like a driver’s license or

even a tourist visa. It’s not a physical document that you need to bring with

you to Cuba.


The simple answer is yes. It’s perfectly legal for Americans to travel to Cuba

with a U.S. passport, despite an announcement in June 2019 that Cuba travel

rules would dramatically change. In other words, there’s no Cuba travel ban

preventing you from visiting the island. However, knowing how to travel to

Cuba from the US legally is still a little trickier. Let's walk you through what it

takes to get there.