Cuba travel for US Citizens
- Support for the Cuban People = independent travel.
- You can go on your own as long as you follow the guidelines for the category.
Your trip will fit into the Support for the Cuban People category if you:
- Support independent activities that could strengthen civil society in Cuba.
- Avoid all GAESA-owned (military-owned) businesses. Here is a complete list of organizations that you must avoid. You cannot spend money or interact with any of them.
- Engage in “Support for the Cuban People” activities consistent with a “full-time schedule.” Much like when you’re working, you have to follow the rules during your full-time schedule, but you’re more free to choose your activities outside of that full-time obligation. Support for the Cuban People activities include:
- Meeting with local artists, musicians, tobacco manufacturers, farmers, and others who own their own businesses.
- Shopping in independent markets.
- Exploring independently run museums.
- Taking classes on subjects like dancing, traditional music, and Spanish language.
- Talking with musicians at a live music venue.
- Attending art shows and learning about different Cuban artists.
- Discussing Cuban society with locals like your casa particular host or people you meet while out and about.
http://www.cajm.org/projects Cuba America Jewish Mission
the United States will not permit group educational and cultural trips known as “people to people” trips to the island unless they were booked before June 5, the Treasury Department said in a statement. Nor will it allow cruises, private yachts or fishing vessels to stop in Cuba. Group people-to-people trips have been used by thousands of American visitors.
Under “support for the Cuban people” category, individuals can travel to Cuba, but they must have an itinerary filled with meetings and visits with local business owners, artists or others. They must plan on participating in local activities and staying in a private home, instead of a hotel.
“Going to hang out at the beach in the afternoon won’t cut it.”