Current Status For American Travelers to Cuba
On June 5th, 2019, new travel restrictions relating to legal travel to Cuba by Americans went into effect. The new regulations have essentially eliminated the previously-utilized category of “Educational: Person to Person / Group Travel” from the list of legal categories as outlined by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which means that future Cuban bookings for many Americans will be affected.
If you have already invoiced and confirmed your trip to Cuba with Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures BEFORE June 5th, your trip has been grandfathered in, which means that your plans are unaffected by these changes. Your planned itinerary remains TOTALLY LEGAL, and everything is on track for your reservation. For future bookings to Cuba, we will continue to facilitate and accommodate certain Cuba trips under the “Support for the Cuban People” category, which applies to specific itineraries and limited areas in Cuba. We love our Cuban guides and operators, we support the Cuban people, and we will do whatever we can to continue to legally arrange trips that allow our clients to experience the best that Cuba has to offer. As we have always done with our Cuba programs, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures will continue to fully comply with all U.S. Rules and Regulations that govern how Americans can travel legally to Cuba, and we will always ensure that our clients are protected, covered and legal for any and all trips that we arrange.
The United States has had an embargo against Cuba since 1960 which affects how Americans and American businesses can engage with Cuba in commerce, economics, and finance. In the U.S., the Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC) governs and provides guidelines for HOW Americans are legally allowed to engage with countries that the U.S. has embargoes against (Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, and Iran). As it relates to Americans traveling to Cuba, OFAC has identified 12 approved categories of legal travel to the country, which include family visits, support for the Cuban people, educational, religious or journalistic activities; humanitarian projects; professional research and professional meetings; activities of private foundations, research or educational institutes; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; official business of the United States government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations; exportation, importation or transmission of information or informational materials; and certain authorized export transactions. For more information and details as it relates to OFAC and the Cuban Assets Control Regulation (CACR) please reference the US Department of Treasury website and resources. https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf