Update - June 6, 2019 - Trump Administration removes authorization for group people-to-people travel to Cuba, yet EEAbroad tours remain compliant.
On June 4, 2019, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) unveiled amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) that most importantly eliminate cruise visits and group travel under the “people-to-people” category.
Those that have already booked an EEAbroad People-to-People tour prior to June 5, 2019 will still be allowed to travel as planned due to a "grandfathering" provision.
Travel continues to be permitted by general licenses for other categories of travel. EEAbroad Academic (study abroad) programs and Cultural Travel programs are still permitted under other authorized travel categories and licenses. We would like to stress that all EEAbroad tours remain legal and compliant to US OFAC regulations.
Update - April 19, 2019 - Trump Administration Announces New Measures For Travel and Trade to Cuba
On April 17, 2019, national security advisor John Bolton announced that the Department of the Treasury would be implementing further regulatory changes to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. However, at this current time, no policy changes have been made on the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control Cuba Sanctions website, no new travel warnings or advisories have been issued, and there are no notes on such policy changes on the Cuba page at the State Department website. Please be assured that all EEAbroad booked and future tours and programs will continue as scheduled. As always, we fully adhere to US regulations for people-to-people and educational travel to Cuba.
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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