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
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.
CAN AMERICANS REALLY TRAVEL 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.