How To Get a Visa For Cuba | Cuba Travel Restrictions

How to Get a Visa For Cuba

Since the 1960s, the ability of Americans to freely travel to Cuba has been a controversial subject, with conservative administrations routinely imposing embargoes on American tourism and progressive administrations frequently lifting those restrictions and allowing forms of transit between the two countries. In June 2017, the United States Department of State explicitly prohibited tourism to Cuba from the United States. This included the “people-to-people" programs that was licensed guided tours.  Cruise ships, yachts, private and corporate aircraft were discontinued.


Subsequently, Americans' travel restrictions to Cuba were eased. Despite the fact that the change was widely publicized, many of its nuances were not. A "general license" is required for certain categories of people who are permitted to enter Cuba. Those eligible to apply for the general license fall into one of 12 categories of visitors to Cuba.

1. Family visit.

If you want to visit close relatives, you can travel to Cuba with a general license. These relatives have to be related to you by blood, marriage, or family adoption. They must not be more than three generations removed from you or a common ancestor.

2. Government official business.

Anyone working for the US government, whether as an employee, contractor, or grantee, is permitted to travel to Cuba on official business. The same is true if they come from a foreign government or an intergovernmental organization in which the US government is a member or observe

3. Journalism

The Cuban government grants permission for any journalistic activity and supports technical personnel or freelance journalists with relevant experience.

4. Professional research and meetings.

This is also an opportunity for people to conduct research or attend professional meetings in their fields.

5. Public performances, workshops, clinics, exhibits, and sporting events.

You can travel to Cuba under this category if you wish to perform, are an artist, or want to participate in sporting events.


6. Religious objectives.

Religious organizations, members, and staff are permitted to participate in religious programs and activities. This category of Cuba trip must include a full-time schedule of religious activity.

7. Aid to the Cuban people.

Individuals and non-governmental organizations who assist the interests of Cuban civil society come into this category, as do independent organizations that urge a swift and peaceful transition to democracy.

8. Humanitarian initiatives.

There are numerous sub-categories within this category. There is both medical care and environmental efforts. This area includes educational training, adult literacy, the growth of small-scale businesses, and many other activities.

9. Activities involving private foundations or research for educational institutions.

 Private foundations or research for educational institutes may travel to Cuba with "an established interest in international relations to collect information connected to Cuba for non-commercial purposes."

10. Export and import of information.

This category caters to the music and the film industry. It involves exporting or importing information or related materials inclusive of publishing activities.

11. Exportation

 This category only includes permitted export transactions.

Unfortunately, there is no other way of working with the system to get into Cuba, you must fall into the categories under the general license.


No matter however you get there, remember to Travel Till You Drop!

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