Update - November 9, 2017 - Updated OFAC Regulations
On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control published new regulations regarding travel to Cuba. In general, the new provisions restrict most individual visits and bans U.S. travelers from direct financial transactions with the 180 enterprises on the State Department’s restricted list. Most of the entities listed are owned or operated by Compañía Habaguanex or Gaviota Tourism, two important Cuban hospitality groups.
EEAbroad does not work with any of the entities on the State Department's restricted list. EEAbroad educational travel programming will not be impacted by these new regulations as we continue to operate in full accordance with the required OFAC license guidelines.
Update - October 11, 2017 - EEAbroad Response to Travel Warning
On September 29, 2017, the U.S. State Department issued a Cuba travel advisory in response to embassy employees having been targeted by sonic attacks of an undetermined nature. These events appear to be isolated to specific locations frequented by employees of the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Department of State, FBI, and the Cuban government have been working together to determine the cause of the reported incidents, and who, if anyone is behind them.
Please keep in mind that participants on EEAbroad programs reside in carefully selected guest houses and casa particulares, not hotels, and they do not visit the tourist locations frequented by U.S. Embassy personnel. It is important to note that none of the more than 475,000 U.S. travelers that visited Cuba this year have reported similar health issues.
The US Embassy in Havana remains open to U.S. citizens. The Cuban government is still issuing visas to U.S. travelers; commercial flights remain on schedule and normal EEAbroad operations continue, with appropriate precautions.
Cuba continues to be a safe and welcoming destination for all international visitors and we look forward to introducing you in the near future to the island and its people.
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