Although the rules for US Citizens traveling to Cuba have been amended and are more relaxed than ever, one important thing to remember: The approved categories and rules on traveling to Cuba have NOT changed.
Travel to Cuba for TOURIST ACTIVITIES IS "STILL NOT PERMITTED".
It is important to note the following statement from the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control).
For all of the approved 12 Categories: The traveler’s schedule of activities must not include free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full-time schedule. An entire group does not qualify for the general license merely because some members of the group qualify individually.
Below is a list of the 12 approved Categories for US Citizens entry into Cuba:
- Family visits
- Humanitarian projects or to provide support to the Cuban people
- Official business of the U.S. Government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations
- Journalistic activities
- Professional research or meetings
- Educational activities by persons at academic institutions
- People to people travel
- Religious activities
- Public performance, clinics, workshops, athletic or other competitions and exhibitions
- Authorization to provide travel services, carrier services and remittance forwarding services
- Activities of private foundations, research or educational institutes
- Exportation of certain internet-based services