On June 5, 2019 the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) amended the regulations to make one change with respect to travel to Cuba.  OFAC removed the authorization for People-to-People exchanges.  OFAC did not remove any of the 12 Travel Categories.  Americans still may travel to Cuba, so long as they qualify for a general license within one of the 12 Travel Categories.

Importantly, OFAC’s June 5, 2019 change does not impact the Cuba Travel New Orleans program.  As you will see below, OFAC continues to allow travel for purposes of supporting the Cuban people.  Our upcoming program – which involves active engagement with Cuban musicians and attendees at the Jazz festival – fully complies with the “Support for the Cuban People” travel category.  We hope you will join us in supporting the Cuban people through music and the arts!


12 TRAVEL CATEGORIES OF AUTHORIZED TRAVEL TO CUBA FOR AMERICANS:

  • Family visits
  • Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
  • Journalistic activities
  • Professional research and professional meetings
  • Educational activities
  • Religious activities
  • Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
  • Support for the Cuban people activities
  • Humanitarian projects
  • Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
  • Activities related to the exportation or importation of information or informational materials
  • Activities related to Department of Commerce licensed or authorized exports