You Can Still Travel to Cuba. Here's the Scoop in 2018
Updated January 15, 2018
Conflicting news stories have American travelers wondering: “Can I travel to Cuba?” The short answer is: Yes! You can travel to Cuba as an American. This article includes all the details on how to do it.
And before your trip, make sure to check out:
- Cuba FAQ
- Cuba Info for Americans
- Why You Need to Stop Wondering "Is Cuba Safe?"
- Skip the Tour and Plan an Independent Trip to Cuba
- Our homepage on Cuba
- Contact us with your Questions
There are 12 categories of approved travel to Cuba for Americans. You can still travel to Cuba independently under eleven of those categories. The only category of travel you can’t use to travel independently to Cuba is the People to People Educational category, as of November 9, 2017. The only exception is if you booked travel before June 16, 2017.
To adhere to the new policies as an independent traveler you need to:
- Travel under any of the other 11 categories, including the Support for the Cuban People category. You simply declare that category when booking flights, lodging, and during re-entry into the US. Ask us for more details!
- Stay at casa particulares, eat at local restaurants, and support local businesses.
- Avoid staying at hotels banned by the US State Department and spending money at military-owned businesses. Here is a complete list.
- Travel with an itinerary containing activities that meet the requirements for the category you chose. ViaHero can connect you with locals to plan your trip and make sure you meet the new requirements.
Note: Support for the Cuban People is the most common category that people choose.
Under the new regulations, if you’d like to travel to Cuba under the People to People Educational travel category you may only use US-based tour companies. These companies offer tours that focus on educational activities that put the traveler in contact with the Cuban people, not the Cuban government.
What you’ll get:
- A fully guided tour with a scheduled itinerary of activities with the group.
- High-end accommodations in hotels and resorts.
- Ground transportation and meals included.
Cost: $5000 to $8000, not including flights.
Cruises to Cuba
You can still travel to Cuba on a cruise under the new regulations. You may take shore excursions or explore independently. You just need to avoid spending money at military-run businesses. Instead, have meals at locally owned restaurants and do your shopping in local markets.
Cost: $1200 - $2500 per person for the cruise depending on length, room choice, and added costs like shore excursions, and not including flights to the cruise departure point.
If you have existing plans to travel to Cuba that were arranged before June 16, 2017, you can still travel to Cuba without making any changes to your plans. A ViaHero travel planner can help you finish up your plans.
For more info on new regulations, here is the Fact Sheet the Department of the Treasury distributed on November 9, 2017.
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