IS CUBA TRAVEL LEGAL fOR AMERICANS?

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury regulates travel to Cuba pursuant to the U.S. Embargo against Cuba. Under the direction of the President, OFAC continues to authorize travel that falls within 12 general license categories. Capturing Cuba participants travel to Cuba legally under our general license for people-to-people educational activities.

 

IS CUBA SAFE FOR AMERICANS?

Cuba was declared "Safest Country" for travel and bestowed the Excellence Award at the 38th Annual International Tourism Fair (FITUR) held in January 2018. The majority of crime is classified as non-confrontational (pick-pockets, scams, and petty theft) and violent crime is virtually non-existent partly due to the fact that the Cuban government imposes harsh penalties for guns, drugs, and crimes committed against tourists. Despite any political differences between their governments, the people of Cuba love Americans and welcome them with open arms.
 

WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

GENERAL LICENSE - All Cuba travel adventures offered by Capturing Cuba are operated under a General License authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. This license permits U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba with an organization that sponsors educational exchanges to promote people-to-people contact. Travelers must be accompanied by a representative of the sponsoring organization and are required to maintain a full-time schedule of activities intended to support civil society in Cuba, promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities, and result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba. Travelers should maintain records from their travels for a period of 5 years.

PASSPORT - All participants are required to carry a valid U.S. issued passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the trip departure date. Foreign passports are allowed only in conjunction with a valid U.S. Resident Alien Card (Green Card).

VISA - All participants are required to carry a Cuban Tourist Card (Visa) by the Cuban authorities. The cost of the Tourist Card is included in the price of your adventure and will be provided by Capturing Cuba prior to departure. Please note that additional processing and shipping fees may apply. Procedures and costs are subject to change prior to or after registration.

 

CAN AMERICAN CITIZENS BORN IN CUBA TRAVEL TO CUBA?

The Cuban government requires U.S.-Cuban dual citizens who departed Cuba on or after January 1, 1971 to enter and depart Cuba using a Cuban passport. Using a Cuban passport for this purpose does not jeopardize one’s U.S. citizenship. However, such persons must use their U.S. passports to enter and depart the United States. Cuban-Americans who departed Cuba before January 1, 1971 may travel to Cuba on their U.S. passport but must apply for an HE-11 visa from the Cuban Embassy.
 

CAN I FLY TO CUBA DIRECT FROM THE U.S.?

Commercial airlines resumed direct service between the U.S. and Cuba on August 31, 2016. Particpants living in or near a city without direct service will need to transfer flights in another city. Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, and Orlando currently offer the most options. Airlines currently servicing Havana are: Southwest, JetBlue, American, United, and Delta. Airlines currently seriving Santa Clara are: JetBlue and American. 

CLASSIC CUBA:
Arrivals - Jose Marti International (HAV) in Havana
Departures - Abel Santamaria Airport (SNU) in Santa Clara

HEART OF CUBA:
Arrivals - Jose Marti International (HAV) in Havana
Departures - Jose Marti International (HAV) in Havana

DANCE CUBA:
Arrivals - Jose Marti International (HAV) in Havana
Departures - Jose Marti International (HAV) in Havana
 

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?

It is always a good idea to consider purchasing travel insurance before embarking on any international trip. Travel insurance can minimize the considerable financial risks of traveling: accidents, illness, missed flights, canceled tours, lost baggage, theft, terrorism, travel-company bankruptcies, emergency evacuation, and getting your body home if you die. That said, the additional cost of travel insurance does not always outweigh the potential travel risks. Before puchasing a travel insurance plan, do proper research to determine your needs, and also check to see if you already have coverage included with your credit cards, medical insurance, and home owners or renters insurance.

 

DO I NEED SPECIAL VACCINES TO TRAVEL TO CUBA?

Capturing Cuba is not able to provide medical or health recommendations to our participants. We suggest that you speak with your doctor and visit the following page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: CDC Health Information for Travelers to Cuba.