Sail to Cuba: Regulations Update (By Wally Moran)
Originally Posted by vonchris7
We're planning a trip to Cuba and are wondering if anyone has been down there traveling to and from South Florida. Looking for recommendations on the route
Previous to January 15, there were 12 license
categories which one could use to travel legally to Cuba. The general classifications, such as journalism, required only a declaration by the traveler. The others, known as ‘specific’ licenses, required a formal application to, and approval from, the OFAC – Office of Foreign Asset Controls.
On January 15th, along with a raft of other changes, the 12 categories were all made general. This means that any American who fits into one of the 12 categories needs only to declare his purpose in traveling to Cuba. No formal process is required, and permission is predicated on the declaration being true.
You are required to keep records of your trip, and to keep a schedule that is appropriate to your declared activity – in other words, not a bar and beach tour.
So just how hard is it to fit into one of the twelve categories? Not hard at all. Educational, cultural pursuits or sporting activities for example include anything from learning
about how your line of work operates in Cuba, going to the Cuban ballet, or even fly fishing
inland, or a fishing
tournament off Cuba’s coast. Show a little imagination and presto, you’ve qualified to travel to Cuba.