Everyone traveling to Cuba must have a passport which is valid at the time of entry. Some airlines will require that this passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. All non-cuban passport holders must have a visa to enter Cuba. Under current U.S. law, travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens and residents for tourism is prohibited. However, there are several forms of authorized travel. The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), under direction from the President, regulates travel to Cuba. There are 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba including: Family visits; official business of the U.S. government, journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials; and certain authorized export transactions.
Although, 11 of the 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are very narrow in scope, meaning few Americans qualify, Support for the Cuban People travel provides that any American can legally travel to Cuba, provided they engage in a full-time schedule of compliant activities. Travel-related transactions pursuant to this authorization must be for the purpose of engaging, while in Cuba, in a full-time schedule of activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities.