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U.S. citizens no longer have to apply for a license to visit Cuba, but tourism is still banned by the embargo. Your visit must comply with one of the 12 categories of authorized travel:

  • Family visits
  • Official business of the U.S. Government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations
  • Journalistic activities
  • Professional research or professional meetings
  • Religious activities
  • Public performance, clinics, workshops, athletic or 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
  • Travel related to certain authorized export transactions
  • You can also travel to Cuba with a license issued by the U.S Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
    or as a Cuban National returning home