Travel to Cuba

U.S. to Cuba travel policy

Flying to Cuba from or through the U.S. for tourism is not allowed. There are 12 permitted reasons for travel:

  • Family visits

  • Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations

  • Journalistic activities

  • Professional research or professional meetings

  • Educational activities and people-to-people exchanges

  • 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


Federal regulations on travel to Cuba

If you aren't traveling for one of the 12 reasons, there are 2 other ways to enter Cuba:

  • With a license issued by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

  • As a Cuban National returning home 

  Apply for an OFAC license

If you don't qualify for one of the 12 permitted reasons, have an OFAC license or identify as a Cuban national returning home, you will not be permitted to travel to Cuba.