You just can't travel under the People to People category.
Read on to learn more about the categories of legal travel to Cuba, what the People to People category was used for, and what its elimination means for your trip to Cuba.
“People to People” was one of 11 (formerly 12) authorized categories of Cuba travel for Americans. To legally travel to Cuba, Americans must meet the requirements for any one of these 11 categories.
For the People to People category, visitors to Cuba had to travel with a tour through a US-based company. All qualifying tours for Americans also had to include a full-time schedule of educational activities consistent with the People to People travel requirements from the US Treasury Department. People to People was also often used by cruise companies.
The entire category was eliminated on June 5, 2019 to cut down on what the Trump White House claimed was "veiled tourism". As a result, Americans can no longer take group trips (aka guided tour packages) to Cuba.
Even before the new restrictions, most travelers who didn't want to be part of a group tour traveled under the Support for the Cuban People category.
Under this category, travelers must have a full-time schedule of activities that support the people of Cuba. This category is intentionally vague, so everything from cooking classes with Cubans to eating at privately-owned restaurants to taking private museum tours counts towards it.
ViaHero can help you take a legal trip by having a Cuban travel expert build a personalized itinerary around your interests and travel style—while also ensuring it conforms to the Support for the Cuban People requirements.
Plus, you’ll get these benefits:
And if you really want a tour guide, our travel planners can hook you up with tour guides for parts of your trip. Having a guide for your first day in a new city can help you get oriented and then leave you free to travel as you please throughout the rest of the trip.
Keep in mind that most activities on a group tour can be done independently without the crowd. Our Heroes can introduce you to local artists, musicians, educators, dancers, and others who big tour companies might not know about.