CAN AMERICANS STILL TRAVEL TO CUBA?
New restrictions on Americans' travel to Cuba by the U.S. Treasury Dep't. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that became effective June 5, 2019 eliminated the"People to People / Educational" category. The effect was to cancel - overnight - travel plans and trips by literally hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens. U.S. travelers must keep records for five years and show receipts in case of an audit or crackdown. Individuals must also prove the detailed schedule of activities they engaged in to prove "full-time meaningful interaction" with Cubans, and be able to show that they did not patronize the hundreds of shops, restaurants, hotels or other entities on OFAC's restricted list. An official representative of the American sponsor must travel with Americans to ensure legal compliance.
Since our beginnings in 2004,Cuba Travel Adventures Group has embraced the spirit of giving back, and "Support for the Cuban People" 15 years before the current restrictions and therefore, we're pleased to say that for us it's "business as usual".
My family began our "love affair" with Cuba and its remarkable people in 2004, a sentiment that the passage of time and my dozens of trips to the island hasn't diminished. With our then-six year-old son Zack in tow, my wife and I were escorted by a Habanero in his rusted '50's jalopy through barrio communities and famous cultural sites in Havana the Capital before continuing on to beautiful Pinar del Rio Province where we visited Soroa, Vinales, Las Terrazas and the lush nature of rivers, mountains and hillside communities in between. We stayed with families in their homes enjoying meals with them, met their neighbors, walked through neighborhoods, hiked their hills and absorbed the full range of daily life. Each day we interacted with a myriad of Cubans who never let on to how sorry they must have felt for us in our struggles to speak a Spanish they could hope to understand. As we continued to explore the rich Cuban culture and national pride we developed warm feelings for the people and their remarkable country.
Ever since the surprising December 2014 announcement of “new openings” for Americans wishing to travel to Cuba, Cuba Travel Adventures Group Cuba trips have closely complied with OFAC's Support for the Cuban People regulations. Our core value is to improve ordinary Cubans' lives by exposing our travelers to ordinary Cubans via daily interactions in their culture, in their homes, at their proud historic sites, and through unique experiences off the beaten track in Cuba's neighborhoods and communities. Through these close encounters and our travelers' generous gifts and by patronizing new [private businesses on the island, we help raise standards of living of Cubans' extended families.
Our mission at Cuba Travel Adventures Group is centered around the core belief that the meaning of living life fully includes our responsibility to share the multitude of blessings we enjoy by helping others improve their lives and realize their potential. We hope you decide to travel in Cuba with us to see what we mean.
Principal & Chief Travel Planner