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CUBA UPDATES - Updated June 19, 2017 17:15

 

Individual travel to Cuba may be suspended. Americans will only be able to participate in group travel. The announced changes do not take effect until OFAC issues new regulations. We will continue to monitor the situation, our suppliers are waiting to hear and several are already drawing up contingency plans. Soon as we know more we will pass the information along to our travelers. In the meantime, below are some FAQ's and a few websites and news articles with information.

 

ARTICLES ON TRAVEL TO CUBA

(OFAC) Frequently Asked Questions on President Trump’s Cuba Announcement. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control

CNN

ABC NEWS

NEWS WEEK

NBC NEWS

 

FAQ's

 

How Trump’s travel restrictions affect American visits to Cuba

 

What changes did Trump actually make on June 16th, 2017 related to Cuba travel?

• Trump canceled the popular individual self-directed general license category of people-to-people travel. Many of thousands of Americans used this license to visit Cuba in 2016 and 2017.

• Trump did not cancel people-to-people travel sponsored by US tour operators. Americans can visit Cuba with family or friends on private or public tours if arranged by a US-based tour operator.

• Trump has prohibited American visitors from using hospitality services provided by the Cuban military, which manages many of the island’s hotels, restaurants and transportation resources.

 

How will I know if my travel dollars are going to the Cuban military?

The US State Department will publish a list of Cuban entities with which “direct transactions are generally prohibited.” If you travel with a US tour operator, they assume responsibility for compliance.

 

When do Trump’s travel cutbacks come into effect?

After the Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) drafts and issues official regulations within 30 days.

 

Help! I self-arranged independent travel before Trump’s rollbacks. Is my trip still legal?

Don’t worry, Cuba travel arrangements booked prior to June 16, 2017 are not affected.

 

Can I purchase an airline ticket and a Cuban Tourist Visa to come to Cuba?

Americans can continue to purchase air tickets and Cuba Tourist Visas for all categories of authorized travel.

 

Can I still take a cruise ship to Cuba?

Yes.

 

Are there other categories of individual travel available to me?

You can visit Cuba independently albeit under greater scrutiny and record keeping requirements on 11 other general license categories including research, meetings, workshops, competitions, and exhibitions, religious and humanitarian projects, journalism, Cuban family visits, among others.

 

Can I bring home souvenirs, rum, cigars and other Cuban stuff?

Americans can return home with $400 of personal items of Cuban origin including up to $100 of rum and cigars. There are no spending limits while in Cuba.

Will Trump’s Cuba travel rules be enforced? Trump has directed his Department of the Treasury to “stringently” audit American travelers likely resulting in more scrutiny at US airports from immigrations and customs agents, and increased post travel record requests. Travelers must maintain a full schedule of licensable activities in Cuba and keep trip records for five years. US tour operators provide certification of authorized Cuba travel and maintain records for their US travelers.

 

 

How Trump’s travel restrictions affect our trip to Cuba?

 

Will group people-to-people travel still be authorized?

Yes. Group people-to-people travel is educational travel not involving academic study pursuant to a degree program that takes place under the auspices of an organization that is subject to U.S. jurisdiction that sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people contact. Travelers utilizing this travel authorization must maintain a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities, and that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba. An employee, consultant, or agent of the group must accompany each group to ensure that each traveler maintains a full-time schedule of educational

exchange activities. We are traveling under a group people to people travel. (OFAC)

 

Do the Cuba travel changes announced by the President  impact our trip?

At this time, there is no impact to our scheduled to travel to Cuba. Booked and potential guests can continue to travel with us to Cuba without impact to their vacation. We will continue to monitor

 

Is there anything additional my clients will need in preparation for their travel to Cuba?

At this time, requirements to travel to Cuba include a valid passport, acquiring the appropriate visa, and the completion of the Guest Certification for Authorized Travel to Cuba identifying which of the twelve (12) licenses they are traveling under.

 

Will eBiz Travel continue to operate People to People tours?

At this time, we don’t anticipate any changes to our Cuba program.

 

Will additional documentation be required to go to Cuba with eBiz Travel?

At this time, requirements to travel to Cuba include a valid passport, acquiring the appropriate visa, and the completion of the Guest Certification for Authorized Travel to Cuba identifying which of the twelve (12) licenses they are traveling under.

 

How long after travel do eBiz Travel's clients need to keep their documentation from this vacation?

Copy of the certification must be retained for at least 5 years from date of authorized travel. Currently, our travel is not impacted by the recent announcement. Please contact us to review your options specific to their vacation.

 

What are the specific requirements to travel to Cuba?

• US Citizens – visa required to enter Cuba will be facilitated by Royal Caribbean during embarkation

at a cost of $85, or may depend on the airline to choose for your travel.

• Cuban Americans who left Cuba prior to January 1, 1971 – visa required is HE11 and this must be

obtained prior to your cruise.

• Cuban Americans who left Cuba after January 1, 1971 – do not need a visa to travel to Cuba,

however will need their Cuban passport.

• International travelers – if you are traveling from one of the eighteen countries listed below,

you must obtain an A-1 visa prior to your cruise.

Countries include: Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia,

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen.

 

Will the immigration process and security process in Cuba take more time and delay the start of my clients' tour?

We don’t anticipate any changes to the current immigration process.

 

POTUS' sanctions on Cuba is not punitive to the Cuban people. Money cannot be spent at military facilities. I am pleased to announce the hotels we will be staying at are NOT owned and operated by the Cuban military.

 

 

As stated above, we will continue to monitor and relay any additional information to you

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