Can Americans Travel to Cuba in 2019?

 

EAC Tours Supports the Cuban People   

 

 

 

The simple answer is YES! It’s is perfectly legal for Americans to travel to Cuba with a current U.S. passport, despite what the Trump Administration’s announcement stated that Cuba travel rules would change.  The administration's June 4 regulations eliminated U.S. cruise ship calls to Cuban ports and put an end to the people-to-people subcategory of travel, which had been the most common way Americans visited Cuba.

 

EAC Tours has already been running trips under many other categories including humanitarian, religious, academic, professional meetings and Support for the Cuban people, which is now easiest ways for the average American to legally visit Cuba. The easiest way to travel is an authorized tour provider such as EAC Tours, which ensures the trip follows the rules required by the travel category. 

Independent travel is permitted but arranging activities, communication with Cuban providers and island logistics are difficult and very time consuming. EAC Tours assures your trip is legal and everything in order before you leave the US.

 

So, what are the 12 categories of legal travel under the Cuba General License?

Here you go…

 

  • Support for the Cuban People (NOTE: This is now the best option for Cuba travel.) ☺︎

  • Family visits

  • Official business for the US government, foreign government, and certain intergovernmental organizations

  • Journalism

  • Professional research

  • Educational activities (NOTE: This is the category that includes the once popular People-to-People Travel including cruises “subcategory”, now prohibited.)  ☹︎

  • Religious activities

  • Public performances

  • Exportation, importation or transmission of information or informational materials

  • Humanitarian projects

  • Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes

  • Certain export transactions.

 

Why is support for the Cuban People is the best option for Americans to travel to Cuba?

It’s the best license to use for Cuba trips when any other license does not cover your purpose of travel. American travelers love this category because, as you probably already gleaned from the wording, it’s pretty vague. You have lots of latitude and can pretty much do many of the activities you would in any other Caribbean country. However, you will have to demonstrate that you’ve participated in activities that “strengthen Cuban society.” That's what EAC Tours does now - activities that tend to be fun, and many of them are things you would probably do anywhere. Here are some examples...

  • Visit museums and historical sites

  • Eat at locally owned restaurants (paladares)

  • Take Cuban cooking classes

  • Take salsa dancing lessons

  • Tour a tobacco farm and learn how to roll Cuban cigars

  • Volunteer with a local organization or non-profit

 

OFAC has offered the very best example of the type of activities that the Support for the Cuban People category may cover:

 

“An individual plans to travel to Cuba, stay in a room at a rented accommodation in a private Cuban residence (casa particular), eat at privately-owned Cuban restaurants (paladares), and shop at privately-owned stores run by self-employed Cubans (cuentapropista) during his or her four-day trip. While at the casa particular, the individual will have breakfast each morning with the Cuban host and engage with the Cuban host to learn about Cuban culture. In addition, the traveler will complete his or her full-time schedule by supporting Cuban entrepreneurs launching their privately-owned businesses. The traveler’s activities promote independent activity intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba. Because the individual’s qualifying activities are not limited to staying in a room at a rented accommodation in a private Cuban residence (casa particular), eating at privately-owned Cuban restaurants (paladares), and shopping at privately owned stores run by self-employed Cubans (cuentapropista) and the traveler maintains a full-time schedule that enhances contact with the Cuban people, supports civil society in Cuba, and promotes the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities, and that results in meaningful interaction between the traveler and Cuban individuals, the individual’s travel qualifies for the general license.”

 

I’m very optimistic with the "Support for Cuban People" OFAC language. We are here to help. When it comes to planning your daily schedule EAC Tours will assist with flights, visas, scheduling activities, renting casas and dining on incredible food. Pick your activities and immerse yourself in the beauty of Cuban culture.

 

EAC Tours will...

●  Assist with selecting the most appropriate category of authorized travel to Cuba.

●  Create a full-time itinerary that is covered by the selected category of travel.

●  Book flights to Cuba from authorized U.S. cities to selected Cuba cities.

●  Book accommodations (casas) for each location visited in Cuba.

●  Assist with money exchange from USD to CUC. (Cuban currency)

●  Maintain your travel records for 5 years according to OFAC regulations

 

Leave all the logistics and planning to EAC Tours for a fun-filled visit to Cuba!

 

EAC TOURS, LLC

P.O. Box 1562, Livingston, Montana 59047

406-222-5660

info@eactours.com

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