Travel to Cuba Legally

Good news! In 2020 you can still travel to Cuba Legally!

Guessing that you have heard a fair bit of kerfluffle in regards travel to Cuba.  We know there is a lot of misinformation and concern floating around.  Here is a snap shot of the recent changes in travel rules for US citiszens visiting Cuba.

 

  • June 16, 2017:  President Trump announced some modifcations to the regulations.  The biggest change was that individual travel for educational people-to-people purposes was no longer allowed. However, group travel using the people-to-people category was still allowed.
  • June 4, 2019: The Trump Administration removed the people-to-people category from the categories of allowable travel. In its place is a category called “Support for the Cuban People”
  • June 4, 2019  The Trump Administration banned cruise ships, private boats, and fishing boats from docking in Cuba.
  • October 25, 2019 – U.S. Administration bars U.S. airlines, other than charter airline companies, from flying to any Cuban airport other than Havana.

 

All of our tours are fully legal Support-for-the-Cuban-People departures that meet the OFAC requirements for Cuba travel. When you book with Wilderness Voyageurs, you are booking a legal group tour. So join us in March! We have two fabulous itineraries to choose from, both of which include a full time agenda of meaningful interactions to meet the license requirements. You see the country from your bike, learn about Cuba, interact with the Cuban people, enjoy mojitos in the sunshine, and make some lifetime memories. We can’t wait to return! Click on the links below for more information or here for detailed itineraries.

 

THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO TRAVEL SMOOTHLY TO CUBA

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
  • Return Travel Documents
  • Valid Cuban Tourist Card/Visa
  • Certification of Travel Form
  • Valid Passport—valid for at least the duration of your trip
  • Evidence of Sufficient Funds for Minimum Financial Needs
  • Proof of Travel Medical Insurance
CUBAN TOURIST CARD or TRAVEL VISA

Travelers to Cuba require a visa, also known as a Cuban Tourist Card. If you are flying from the USA, the U.S. air carrier will have these visas available for sale in the boarding area, at a price ranging from $50-$100.  It’s also legal to fly through another country like Canada or Mexico.  In that case you can also obtain the visas at the airport.

 

GETTING THERE AND BACK

  • You may book directly with the airline and there are many direct flights from the U.S. to Cuba available through American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United.
  • Travelers can return with goods worth up to $400 in U.S. currency including Alcohol and Tobacco.
  • Travelers can now purchase travel insurance that will be applied to time spent in Cuba

 

MEDICAL INSURANCE

We can help! Cuba requires all travelers to Cuba to have travel medical insurance. Travel medical insurance must include coverage for medical evacuation, emergencies, and repatriation. The company providing your travel medical plan must be able to make payments from a non-U.S. banking institution.

U.S. airlines include the mandatory level of travel medical insurance in your ticket. Guests may purchase supplementary coverage at their discretion. For those travelers who would like additional coverage, we highly reccomend Travel Insured International for this supplementary coverage, the costs of which depend on coverage amount, length of travel, and age of traveler.

If you have further questions, the U.S Department of the Treasury is a great resource. Check out their updated FAQs for more information!

 

RECREATIONAL TRAVEL IS STILL PROHIBITED

Restraints regarding visits for purely tourist and recreational purposes are still prohibited. Cuban travel remains more accessible than it has been since the embargo in 1961 because there are additional travel categories that do not require OFAC authorization, but visits must have a purpose beyond beachfront relaxation.

 Cuba West

Spend 8 days traveling west of Havana through the tobacco rich region of Pinar del Río and the Viñales Valley – famous for the steep-sided rounded limestone hills known as Mogotes. Enjoy some time on the water in a sea kayak and daily support-for-the-Cuban-people interactions. The Cuba West Bike Tour starts and ends in Havana.

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Classic Cuba

9 days of biking through central Cuba and enjoying staying in cities like Trinidad – a Unesco World Heritage site. You’ll find Sancti Spiritus and Cien Fuegos equally as enthralling. Enjoy some time on the water in a sea kayak and daily support-for-the-Cuban-people interactions. The Classic Cuba Bike Tour starts and ends in Havana.