Can Americans Still Travel to Cuba?
Yes, U.S. travelers can still go to Cuba legally!
In November 2021 Cuba re-opened their borders after a two-year closure do to the pandemic. Cuba Unbound renewed our tours soon thereafter. We operate most of our tours under two categories of legal travel for persons of U.S. jurisdiction. These are specifically Support for the Cuban People and once again, People-to-People Educational Travel. We operate these tours under an OFAC (the Office of Foreign Assets Control) general license, under section 31 CFR § 515.572(a)(1) to provide travel services to U.S. travelers to Cuba.
The U.S. adopted new rules June 9, 2022 that reinstate group people-to-people educational travel. In their announcement, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), states: “ OFAC is amending the general license at § 515.565 to add an authorization for group people-to-people educational travel that takes place under the auspices of an organization that is subject to U.S. jurisdiction and that sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people contact, subject to certain restrictions. Such travelers must be accompanied by an employee, paid consultant, or agent of the sponsoring organization. Travel-related transactions authorized pursuant to § 515.565(b) must be for the purpose of engaging, while in Cuba, in a full-time schedule of activities that are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities; and will result in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba. Note that these tours are led by superb guides of Cuba Unbound that help immerse you into the history and culture of Cuba.
Cuba Unbound also continues to offer you the opportunity to travel legally to Cuba under the OFAC Regulations which were published June 5, 2019 and follow the General License category of "Support for the Cuban People." Our thoughtfully crafted itineraries include activities that are intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba. Every day's program is designed to promote independence for the Cuban people and is complete with meaningful interactions with the Cuban people. These tours meet all requirements listed by section 31 CFR § 515.574 for Support for the Cuban People.
We also organize tours in several of the other 11 categories of travel that are permitted, including: § 515.565 (educational activities), § 515.566 (religious activities) and, § 515.575 (humanitarian projects) and § 515.561 (family visits).
Our immersive Cuba tours provide a rich and authentic way to learn about the lives of ordinary Cubans, while also sharing with them our perspectives on the world. Our hope is that there is a mutual benefit to all involved as we learn from each other. Your participation supports, in a significant way, the Cuban entrepreneurs that provide us with private services along the way.
Traveling in Cuba with Cuba Unbound provides a hassle-free, fully legal way for Americans to visit Cuba. With over 40 years in the travel business, and operating in Cuba since 2015, our team has spent months combing the country for authentic experiences that get you behind the scenes to understand the rich culture and history. Many of our tours are custom Cuba tours arranged for families or small groups. Our extensive network of guides, drivers, restaurant owners, Bed & Breakfast hosts, artists, naturalists, and many others, is essential to the success of your travels in Cuba. Our tours are unique in that many include outdoor activities led by Cuban guides on foot, kayak and bike with options for scuba and fishing as well. We offer scheduled departures, private tours following our scheduled tour itineraries and, fully customized travel to Cuba including tours focused on culture and art. Groups can range from two to twenty, or even more for special events.
Support for Cuban People and What it Means to Cuba Unbound
Our support for the Cuban people outdoor adventure programs are founded on increasing dialogue and making meaningful connections in Cuba. We believe in an interconnected world, and our adventures are built around providing transformative, immersive experiences within diverse cultures.
The Support for the Cuban People travel category permits Americans to travel to Cuba with the intention of having meaningful connection with ordinary Cubans and support civil society in Cuba. Travelers must have a full-time schedule of activities that enhance contact with the Cuban people and result in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba. Our expertly orchestrated tours provide this rich content every day.
Cuba Unbound tours include a schedule of interesting, educational, interactive and meaningful exchange activities, and as such these tours are not self-directed or self-guided. Trips are fully scheduled, and activities are immersive and incredibly insightful for the Cuban visitor. Travel to Cuba provides a unique exposure to a dynamic and diverse culture. We invite you to expand your global perspectives while you make new friends and global connections.