July 26, 2016


OFAC Licensing

There are two authorized licensed travel categories according to OFAC, General and Specific. Depending on the reason for the visit the traveler may need to seek a specific license from the U.S. government, or OFAC, before they travel to Cuba. Travelers whose trips fall under certain travel categories do not need to get approval before traveling. Usually, after signing an affidavit proving they fall under one of the 12 categories for travel from the U.S. to Cuba travelers are allowed to visit Cuba with a general license.

12 Categories

  • 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 export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.