Cuba Politics

New OFAC Cuba travel guidelines

Posted April 23, 2011 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

In January President Obama announced that he would be easing the humanitarian, cultural, educational and people to people or “purposeful” travel to Cuba. The official Comprehensive Guidelines for License Applications to Engage in Travel Related Transactions Involving Cuba have been released.

Table of Contents

General Licenses
Specific Licenses
How to Apply for a Specific License
Requests to Extend or Renew Specific Licenses
Arranging Authorized Travel to Cuba
Authorized Exportation of Merchandise for Personal Use
Prohibited Importation of Merchandise with the Exception of Cuban-Origin Information and Informational Materials
Authorized Travel-Related Transactions; U.S. Interests Section

Guidelines by Category of Travel Activity

1. Family Visits
2. Official Government Travel
3. Journalistic Activities
4. Professional Research and Professional Meetings
5. Educational Activities
6. Religious Activities
7. Public Performances, Clinics, Workshops, Athletic and Other Competitions, and Exhibitions
8. Support for the Cuban People
9. Humanitarian Projects
10. Activities of Private Foundations or Research or Educational Institutes
11. Exportation, Importation, or Transmission of Information or Informational Materials
12. Licensed Exportations

The Appendix features information on Remittances to Independent Non-Governmental Entities and Individuals in Cuba

Cuba Standard offers a great summary and analysis of these new OFAC Guidelines.

Frances Robles writes a good summary of the new Cuba travel rules too.

The best summary and analysis of course comes from the prolific analytic mind of John McAuliff with his preliminary analysis of OFAC’s new Cuba travel guidelines.

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