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May 03, 2013 COUNTRY DESCRIPTION:
Cuba is an authoritarian state that routinely employs repressive methods against internal dissent and monitors and responds to perceived threats to its authority. These methods include intense physical and electronic surveillance, as well as detention and interrogation of both Cuban citizens and foreign visitors. U.S. citizens visiting Cuba should be aware that any on-island activities could be subject to surveillance, and their contacts with Cuban citizens monitored closely. Human rights conditions in Cuba remain poor, as the Cuban government
limits fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. The United States does not have diplomatic relations with Cuba, but Cuba generally welcomes U.S. citizen travelers and U.S. citizens are generally well received. The United States Government
provides consular and other services through the U.S. Interests Section in Havana (USINT), but U.S. diplomats are not allowed to travel freely outside the capital and may be prevented from providing assistance outside Havana. USINT operates under the legal protection of the Swiss government but is not co-located with the Swiss Embassy. Read the Department of State Fact Sheet
on U.S. Relations with Cuba for additional information.
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SMART TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (STEP) / U.S. INTERESTS SECTION LOCATION:
USINT represents U.S. citizens and the U.S. Government in Cuba, and operates under the legal protection of the Swiss government. The Interests Section staff provides the full range of consular services to U.S. citizens in Havana. The Cuban government limits travel of USINT staff outside of Havana, so there may be limits to the services provided outside the capital. U.S. citizens who travel to Cuba are encouraged to contact and register with USINT's American Citizen Services unit. If you are traveling to Cuba, please inform USINT. If you enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
(STEP), USINT can keep you up-to-date with important safety
announcements. Enrolling will also help your friends and family
contact you in an emergency
Our Smart Traveler app, available through iTunes
and the Android market
, also provides easy access to updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, and USINT’s location. Travelers can also set up e-itineraries to keep track of arrival and departure dates and make notes about upcoming trips.
There is no access to the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay from within Cuba. The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica
, handles consular issues for Guantanamo Bay. For further information on Guantanamo Bay, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Kingston by telephone at (876) 929-5374.
The U.S. Interests Section is located in Havana at Calzada between L and M Streets, Vedado; telephone number (537) 839-4100. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For emergency
assistance after hours and on weekends, individuals should call (537) 839-4100 and select the option to speak with the operator. Routine information is available through the American Citizen Services unit of the U.S. Interests Section
USINT staff members provide briefings on U.S.-Cuba policy to U.S. citizen groups visiting Cuba. These briefings may be arranged through USINT's Public Diplomacy office by contacting Havana-PublicDiplomacy@state.gov
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ENTRY / EXIT REQUIREMENTS, TRAVEL TRANSACTION LIMITATIONS:
The Cuban Assets Control Regulations
are enforced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and affect all U.S. citizens and permanent residents wherever they are located, all people and organizations physically located in the United States, and all branches and subsidiaries of U.S. organizations throughout the world. The regulations
require that persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction be licensed in order to engage in any travel-related transactions pursuant to travel to, from, and within Cuba, or that the transactions in question be exempt from licensing requirements. Transactions related to tourist travel are not licensable. This restriction includes tourist travel to Cuba from or through a third country such as Mexico
. U.S. law enforcement authorities enforce these regulations at U.S. airports and pre-clearance facilities in third countries. Travelers who fail to comply with Department of the Treasury regulations could face civil penalties and criminal prosecution upon return to the United States.
Although Cuba may issue visas upon arrival to U.S. citizens, all travelers to Cuba, including religious workers, should contact the Cuban Interests Section
to have the appropriate type of visa ahead of time and, if required, specific authorization from Cuban authorities. Cuba requires visitors to have non-U.S. medical insurance
, and sells a temporary policy to those who do not have it. Questions about this insurance
requirement should be directed to the Cuban Interests Section
. Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Cuba. Cuban authorities do not demand HIV tests of travelers to Cuba, with the exception of foreign students on scholarships. The Cuban authorities accept the results of HIV tests conducted by labs in the United States. Please verify this information with the Cuban Interests Section
For the latest information on U.S. regulations governing travel to Cuba and to view the most accurate and updated travel restrictions information, please see the Department of Treasury's OFAC website
If you are not allowed to make the trip, and you get caught making it, that could be grounds to revoke the residency and have you deported. With stakes that high, I'd want a reply IN WRITING from OFAC before making the trip.