The New U.S. to Cuba Travel Regulations: Four Things You Need to Know

1. Yes, now you have to travel in packs (time to show off those #SquadGoals).

You may no longer travel as an individual under the “People-to-People educational travel” category.  To travel under this category, you must travel as part of an authorized group, such as Cuba Travel Services.

Note that if you had purchased “at least one travel-related transaction,” such as your flight or hotel, prior to June 16, 2017, you are considered to be “grandfathered in” and may still travel as an individual under the “People-to-People” category.

For authorized group tours, visit our website


2. If you’re more of a solo traveler, you can still travel as an individual under a different category.

There are other categories of travel that will allow you to travel as an individual as long as you engage in a full-time schedule of activities. For instance, the “Support for the Cuban People” category allows individuals to travel to Cuba as long as “each traveler engage(s) in a full-time schedule of activities that result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba and that enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities.”

Allow Cuba Travel Services to design an authorized itinerary for you or check out these activities that you can incorporate into your solo travel experience. Book your activities here or contact us for custom itineraries at [email protected] or by calling 1(800)963-CUBA (2822).

Other categories of travel include:

  • Family Visit
  • Educational Activities
  • Religious Activities
  • Humanitarian Projects
  • Public Performances, Athletic/Non-athletic Competitions, Exhibitions
  • Journalistic Activity (requires journalist visa from Cuba)
  • Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments & certain intergovernmental organizations
  • Activities of Private Foundations or Research or Educational Institutes
  • Professional Research and Professional Meetings
  • Exportation, Importation, or Transmission of Information or Information Materials

For full details of categories visit “Who Can Go” or OFAC website.


3. Breathe; you haven’t lost your accommodation arrangements.

Yes, the new regulations include a list of restricted Hotels and Businesses (you are no longer permitted to engage in a financial transaction with any hotels or businesses within the restricted list). However, if you made a reservation at any hotel prior to November 9, 2017, you can still stay there.

If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, don’t worry; there are still great accommodation options for you to choose from!

You can book your accommodation at approved hotels from our website or inquire about accommodation by speaking to a rep. from our reservations team.

[email protected]

1(800)963-CUBA (2822)


4. “My house, my rules.”

Yes, this saying is not one we like hearing either but, rules are rules and these regulations apply to anyone departing from the U.S. and arriving in Cuba. Whether you hold a non-American citizenship status, have dual-citizenship, or have a connecting flight in the U.S. into Cuba, you are under U.S. jurisdiction and must travel to Cuba under one of the permitted categories of travel.

For any clarifications or specific questions in regards to the new regulations, please refer to the OFAC FAQ’s or feel free to contact us.