Tourist travel to Cuba is not yet authorized by current U.S. law. There are however, twelve categories of people who may visit Cuba without incurring a violation of the travel restrictions. In all 12 existing categories of authorized travel, travel previously authorized by specific license will be authorized by general license, subject to appropriate conditions. This means that individuals who meet the conditions laid out in the regulations will not need to apply for a license to travel to Cuba.
These 12 categories include: family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials; and certain authorized export transactions.
The Department of Treasury, not the U.S. Embassy in Havana, will make a determination if you meet the requirements of a specific category. If you believe your visit meets one of the above categories, please contact the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the Department of the Treasury:
Office of Foreign Assets Control
U.S. Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20220
Toll Free Hotline: 1-800-540-6322.
For specific information on the Cuba sanctions restrictions, including fact sheets on recent changes regarding Cuba, applying for an OFAC license online and more guidance regarding travel to Cuba please visit this Department of Treasury webpage.
Please note that neither the U.S. Embassy in Havana nor the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC processes Cuban visa applications. To apply for a Cuban visa or for any questions regarding Cuban consular services, please contact the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC:
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba
2630 16th street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202 797 8518 – Ext. 600
U.S. Credit and Debit cards do not currently work in Cuba, so remember to bring enough cash with you to last you your whole trip. U.S. Dollars can be exchanged into Cuban convertible currency at the airport, hotels, or exchange houses. There is usually a 10% charge on exchanging U.S. dollars.
Campanario # 63 bajos
, between San Lázaro
and Lagunas. Havana Center.
0053-7 863 62 03