American citizens: a 100 % legal visit to Cuba
Do you wonder whether or not traveling to Cuba is still fully legal to Americans in 2020?
To American citizens visiting Cuba now may seem a bit complicated, so we offer doing all the consulting for the planning of your trip free of charge.
Despite Trump's sanctions to Cuba, the same 12 categories that have allowed Americans to legally visit Cuba for the last years are intact in 2020.
This is the statement about the topic on the official website of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.
<< the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel. (...) The 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are: 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 informational materials; and certain authorized export transactions.>>
It is relevant that any of those 12 general categories that Americans can use to legally travel to Cuba in 2020 were already in place a few years back. An incredible post on TripAdvisor aproaches the matter in 2017 and it's still pretty actual in July 2020.
<< Q: What sort of documentation is required before traveling to satisfy the OFAC requirements.
A: None. As mentioned earlier, the compliance with the OFAC requirements is self declared. You may be asked to check off a box when purchasing tickets from an airline that indicates that you're eligible to travel, but that's it. Cuban immigration won't ask for any documentation about compliance with the OFAC categories. There have been some recent questions about having an itinerary prior to traveling but it's not necessary. According to the OFAC Cuba FAQ, "U.S. travelers utilizing a general or specific license are also required to retain for five years records associated with their travel to Cuba." In reality, nobody is likely ever going to ask to see those records.
Q: What category should I choose from the OFAC categories?
A: Whichever one most accurately describes the purpose of your visit. It seems that most people choose "People to People" or "Support for the Cuban". The OFAC Cuba FAQ is pretty specific about the criteria for each of the categories, and "People to People" probably doesn't mean spending some time talking with Cuban people or staying in a Casa Particular rather than a hotel. Support for Cuban people probably doesn't mean doing a lot of shopping or giving some person on the street some money to buy milk. In reality, nobody is going to interrogate you regarding your level of compliance with one of the categories. (...) >>
One of the main focus of the U.S. sanctions is on not doing business with some Cuban State- owned entities (see the List of Restricted Entities and Subentities).
We are a 100 % private startup. We do not maintain ties with any Cuban State- owned enterprice and we neither include them in our promoted touristic activities.
This is why we curate a very culturally rich roster of experiences and stays in order to substantiate several of the 12 general Categories that American citizes can use to travel legally to Cuba.
Therefore, at your request, we issue a Certificate reflecting the richeness of the schedule followed by you and its compliance with the several of the aforementioned 12 general legal categories that Americans can use to visit Cuba in 2020. Please request the Certificate ahead of time so our team can timely release it on your behalf.
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