Letter from the Director - July 2, 2019
As I am sure you heard, the present U.S. administration has unfortunately imposed new restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba. Since the media has projected inconsistent interpretations of these new regulations, I want to take this opportunity to assure you that citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. can still travel to Cuba legally.
On June 4, 2019, the U.S. Treasury Department released new changes to the U.S. restrictions for travel to Cuba. The regulations effectively eliminate cruise travel and people-to-people tours. The new changes also explicitly bans U.S. citizens and residents from spending money at specific government-owned establishments. This list can be found here.
These regulatory changes do not directly impact EEAbroad tours. EEAbroad cultural tours remain compliant with U.S. regulations and will run under the auspices of "Support for the Cuban People," a travel category that was unaffected by the recent changes.
What is the "Support of the Cuban People" category? It's exactly what it sounds like—a means of engaging with and supporting Cubans by staying in private guesthouses (known as casa particulares) rather than government-owned hotels, visiting independently-owned businesses, and keeping a full schedule of engaging activities that "result in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba."
The ethos of EEAbroad is to facilitate authentic and enriching experiences for our travelers while supporting the Cuban people. These new changes do not affect our tours, so please be assured that we continue to run business as usual and guarantee full compliance with U.S. law.
Travel to Cuba remains safe and exceptionally enriching. EEAbroad tours are immersive and impactful - we connect you with Cuba's world-renowned spirit of hospitality and show you the country's warmth, creativity, vibrancy, resilience and sense of community.
So don't wait any longer flight prices will only continue to increase! Start planning your private custom Cuba tour with us today .
I hope that this email helps clarify the confusing news regarding the new travel restrictions. The bottom line is - yes, you can still travel to Cuba and we would be delighted to host you this year!
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Founder & Director
Educational Experiences Abroad
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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