By Virtuoso Air, Auto & Insurance | 29-Sep-2016 | Article #35601
The U.S. government does not currently allow Americans to visit Cuba strictly for tourism. U.S. citizens are permitted to visit Cuba if they fall under 12 approved categories, including family visits, educational activities and public performances or exhibitions. Additionally, anyone entering Cuba on a U.S. carrier is bound by those same restrictions, whether or not they hold U.S. citizenship. That means customers flying to Havana on Alaska Airlines must be authorized under one of the 12 approved categories – whether or not they hold U.S. citizenship.
- Family visits
- Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
- 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
- Certain authorized export transactions
- In order to travel to Cuba, all passengers must have a valid visa and health insurance.
- US credit and debit cards do not work in Cuba, so passengers will need to bring cash.
- Internet and mobile phone service is limited
NOTE: Travelers NEED to make sure they bring enough cash for the entire duration of their trip. Without cash, travelers will be unable to pay for essentials such as lodging, food, and car rentals
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
1485 East Valley Road #9
Montecito, CA 93108