People from Maryland can STILL visit Cuba legally!
LegalCubaTravel.com has deciphered the complex and ever-changing rules for Cuba travel for Americans since 2008. Our objective is to help Americans witness Cuba legally.
Travel to Cuba remains easy and legal despite restrictions announced by President Trump on June 16, 2017.
Sadly, Americans are no longer able to travel to Cuba independently (on their own) under the people-to-people category.
Fortunately, all American citizens and residents can visit the island without prior permission, without special licenses, and without time-consuming paper work, if they travel with an authorized people-to-people US-based tour operator.
The only obligation of the US traveler while on a legal people-to-people group tour is to engage full-time in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba.
What could be more fun? Cubans and Americans hit it off like long lost family. Both peoples enjoy great music, culture, dance, art, sports, nature and history. Both are outgoing, kind and relish humorous good times together.
As many American tour operators suggest, “Come to Cuba now before it is changed forever.” And we add, before more restrictions are put in place.
Cost of tours and services vary dramatically among US tour operators. We strongly suggest you shop and compare their prices and service inclusions.
Joining an American tour operator sponsored people-to-people group tour is 100% legal under new Trump regulations. Purchasing a Cuba tour from a company not based in America is illegal.
A bona fide American tour operator guarantees your stay in Cuba is legitimate. The American tour operator will provide you with required documentation and certifications allowing you to breeze through US immigrations and customs when you return home.
Individual travel for educational purposes (people-to-people) travel is now banned.
Lounging around all day in an Airbnb.com private rental and drinking mojitos all night is totally forbidden. Touristic travel to Cuba for sun tanning and relaxation is prohibited.
- American residents and citizens require a valid passport from any country, a Cuban Tourist Visa and mandatory Cuban emergency medical insurance to enter Cuba. Cuban emergency medical insurance is generally included in the cost of commercial airline flights. Confirm with your airline.
- Cuban Tourist Visas, with some exceptions, must be purchased separately and are not included in the cost of your commercial flight ticket. Click here to purchase a Cuban Tourist Visa.
- Plan Cuba spending money carefully. US credit and debit cards don’t work in Cuba! Don’t get stuck without funds. See Money matters in Cuba to prepare for Cuba’s unique monetary system.
- There is no limit on the amount of money you can spend in Cuba nor is there a limit on the value or quantity of items – including alcohol and tobacco products – you can bring home for personal use. However excess cigars and alcohol may be subject to US duties.
If you have further questions about US government rules for legal Cuba travel you must call OFAC directly at 1-800-540-6322 or visit the OFAC website.
OFAC allows for eleven other categories travel requiring paper work and documentation which are subject to circumspection upon return to the United States. Visit the OFAC website for more information on these categories of Cuba travel.