Licensed Group Travel
The diverse culture and history make this island nation an incredible travel destination. OFAC-licensed groups may enjoy Cuba as they participate in authorized activities.
As mentioned in the Travel Regulations link, U.S. persons must qualify for a general license or hold an effective specific license, before they may make their travel arrangements to Cuba. Several of the general licenses stated in the CACR allow group travel. Each individual in the group must qualify for the general license. An individual cannot travel under the general license, solely because another individual has qualified. To be clear, each individual must meet the conditions of a particular general license.
If a general license does not apply, the group leader or organizer may apply for a specific license from OFAC. The leader or organizer must submit a written application to OFAC and wait for OFAC to issue the license. The license may identify the individuals who may travel or may authorize the leader or organizer to determine who may travel. It is extremely important that the group leader or organizer review the specific license conditions very carefully.
Under What General Licenses May Individuals Travel as a Group?
Licensed Travelers may travel together as a group under any one of the general licenses. For
example, the following general licenses allow or contemplate that individuals will travel as a
- Journalistic Activities: Journalists, persons supporting broadcast, and
technical persons may qualify for a general license, authorizing travel to engage in
- Professional Research or Professional Meetings and Conferences: Professionals
may qualify for a general license, authorizing travel to conduct professional research or to
attend professional meetings or conferences.
- Educational Activities: Faculty, staff, and students at accredited U.S.
academic institutions and secondary schools may qualify for a general license, authorizing
travel to participate in specified educational activities.
- People-to-People Exchanges: Trip leaders and individual participants may
qualify for a general license, authorizing travel to participate in an educational exchange that
involves meaningful interaction with the Cuban people.
- Religious Activities: Religious officials and congregants or members may
qualify for a general license, authorizing travel to participate in religious activities.
- Humanitarian Projects: Individuals may qualify for a general license,
authorizing travel to participate in humanitarian projects that support the Cuban people.
- Pubic Performances, Clinics, Workshops, and Certain Competitions. Individuals
may qualify for a general license, authorizing travel to participate in certain public
performances, clinics, workshops or in certain athletic and non-athletic competitions.
- Exportation of DOC-Authorized or Licensed Exports: Individuals may qualify for a general license, authorizing travel to engage in activities relating to authorized or licensed exports to Cuba.
Licensed Travelers may travel together as a group under any one of the general licenses. For example, the following general licenses allow or contemplate that individuals will
Does OFAC Issue Specifically Licenses Allowing Group Travel?
As mentioned above, OFAC has authority to issue specific licenses on a case-by-case basis. It, therefore, can issue specific licenses authorizing individuals to travel in a group. The group leader or organize must submit a written application that provides detailed information about the group, the purpose of travel, and the proposed activities in Cuba.
What Documents Are Needed For Group Travel?
Each individual in a licensed group – whether generally licensed or specifically licensed – must provide a certification stating the regulatory section that authorizes him to travel to Cuba. In addition, each individual must submit the following documents to Airline Brokers:
- Copy of valid passport;
- Completed Airline Brokers Reservation Form;
- If traveling by charter flight, a completed Operator-Participant Contract;
- If traveling under a specific license, a copy of the Specific License.
Required documents may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
What Services Can Airline Brokers Offer to Licensed Groups?
Airline Brokers offers a variety of travel services to licensed groups. These services include:
- Booking air travel to/from Cuba (and issuing airline tickets);
- Booking hotel reservations;
- Making ground transportation arrangements (including mini-vans or buses);
- Assisting with Cuban passport renewal applications;
- Assisting with Cuban entry visa applications;
- Researching meeting locations for licensed group activities;
- Providing airport check-in information; and
- Offering special services, such as arranging for translators, providing a Travel Consultant at the U.S. airport to facilitate group check-in, etc.
Just click here, and submit your reservation!The Cuban travel restrictions apply to all U.S. citizens and U.S. residents – wherever they are located – even to those who are traveling to Cuba from another country or who are holding dual citizenship with another country. The travel restrictions also apply to (i) foreign citizens who are within the United States and who want to travel from the United States to Cuba and (ii) foreign citizens who are in Cuba and who want to travel from Cuba to the United States). Only persons licensed by OFAC may travel to and from Cuba. This rule applies regardless of whether the person wants to travel from Miami or any other authorized U.S. airport.
Our team will be happy to reserve travel to Cuba from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, or Los Angeles. Weekly flights to Havana, Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Holguin & Santiago de Cuba! For a additional information on flights and prices click here.
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