Your Burning Questions on Travel to Cuba Answered
Updated January 3, 2018
Have a question about travel to Cuba? We've probably answered it below. Read through these frequently asked questions to help you plan a trip to Cuba.
By the way, Americans can still travel to Cuba despite recent changes to Cuba travel policy. A legal trip is just a matter of making sure you know what's changed and how it affects your plans.
And before your trip, make sure to check out:
Can I still travel to Cuba from the US legally? If so, how?
Yes. You have two options:
Group Tours - Under the revised policies announced in June 2017 and implemented on November 9, 2017, if you want to travel under the People to People category of allowed travel, you’ll need to travel as a part of a licensed group tour. These typically cost $5000 or more.
Independent Travel - If you’d like to travel independently under the new policies, you will need to pick one of the other 11 categories of allowable travel. Support for the Cuban People is meant to allow you to interact with and support local businesses and Cuban society. While it isn’t for those seeking pure tourism, you can use this category to learn a lot about Cuba and their culture.
If you're interested, one of our locals in Cuba can plan out as much or as little of your trip as you'd like, helping to ensure that you are visiting legally under the Support for the Cuban People category.
What are the categories of allowable travel? What category should I pick?
Here are the categories of approved travel that you may declare. We suggest the ‘Support for the Cuban People’ category as it’s the broadest and many travel activities qualify if you’re engaging with locals.
You may see these categories referred to as a “General License,” but there’s no physical license at all. It is simply a declaration of why you’re traveling to Cuba. You just need to pick a category and state it when booking a flight, booking lodging, and returning to the United States through immigration.
Which documents do I need to travel to Cuba from the US?
To enter Cuba from the US:
As required by the Cuban government, you need:
- Pink tourist card
- Cuban health insurance (which is often provided as a part of your airline ticket if you're traveling from the US)
To return to the US from Cuba:
As required by the US government, you need:
- To verbally declare which category of travel you chose
- An itinerary outlining your activities
- Receipts for all major transactions and activities that you paid for
Want help planning your trip? Here’s more info on our trip planning service to Cuba.
Can I use a
ViaHero guidebook and itinerary to fulfill the new travel restrictions from the US?
Each Hero personally caters to your interests and needs, and the service includes:
- Trip consulting
- Travel arrangements
- Personalized guidebook
- Offline map navigation
What kind of activities are typically included in a
ViaHero guidebook and itinerary?
Here’s an example of what a
I booked my tickets before the US travel policies changed. Can I still go to Cuba?
Yes, you can still go! Your trip will be grandfathered in if you chose the People to People category when you booked flights or
If you booked a flight or lodging on or after June 16, 2017, chose the People to People category of travel and would still like to travel independently, you’ll need to change your travel category to another category, like Support for the Cuban People.