U.S. companies that offer travel to Cuba must be authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In August 2002, Ya’lla Tours USA obtained a Travel Service Provider license from OFAC (CU-024280) authorizing the company to provide travel-related services to persons who are licensed to travel to Cuba. Travelers must be licensed by the United States Treasury Department.
For U.S. citizens and anyone under U.S. jurisdiction, travel to Cuba is severely restricted, and tourist travel is prohibited. All U.S. citizens and anyone under U.S. jurisdiction traveling to Cuba must be licensed by OFAC.
There are several types of license:
Licenses must be obtained from OFAC.
The following types of organizations, groups or activities are among those which may be eligible for a Specific License:
• Religious Organizations
• Humanitarian Activities
• People to people
• Professional research
• Educational activities
• Public performances
Once a Specific License is granted to an organization, certain members of an organization may travel to Cuba for the activities allowed under the Specific License, provided they carry with them a copy of the Specific License and a letter from the organization or group confirming their membership and their authorization to travel under the license. Generally, no business activities are allowed to be conducted in Cuba.
Travel under a General License does not require prior written authorization from OFAC. The General License allows travel to Cuba for:
• Persons visiting close relatives
• Academic institutions
• Religious organizations
• Telecommunication/medical/agricultural sales
• Government officials
• Professional research (non-commmercial)
NOTE: The foregoing does not constitute legal advice. Ya’lla Tours USA cannot make determinations as to whether or not an individual or organization qualifies for a general or specific license for travel to Cuba. For further information concerning the licensing process and specific travel categories, please refer to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, Title 31, Part 515 of the US Code of Federal Regulations, and/or contact OFAC at:
United States Treasury Department
Office of Foreign Assets Control
Washington, D.C. 20220
DID YOU KNOW?
• Cuba has a wealth of architectural treasures, including palaces, fortresses, cathedrals, theaters and mansions in styles from Art Deco, Baroque, Moorish, Greek Revival, Neoclassical and Spanish to Modern.
• Cuba as over 120 art galleries, including Victor Manual, Eduardo Abela and Mariano Rodriguez galleries.
• Cuba has 500 years of historical sites that capture its past wars with foreign powers and internal struggles for independance.
• Cuba has 250 museums, including the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Music Museum, Historical Science Museum, Ernest Hemingway Museum and Anthropological Museum.
• Cuba has over 2,000 music groups, 100 theater companies and 30 dance companies.