How to travel to Cuba legally as a US citizen in 2020
- Since the introduction of the new Cuba travel policy in June 2019, there are many restrictions on US citizens traveling to Cuba.
What The New Policy Means For US travelers
- US citizens can only enter Cuba through Havana ( Jose Marti International Airport).
- US ATM cards cannot be used in Cuban ATMs. Your only option is to carry cash when leaving the US.
- There are only 11 categories of US travelers who can visit Cuba. The previous commonly used people to people category can no longer be used.
- Most US travelers are now using the support for the Cuban category to travel to Cuba. Think of it as a general category since many people qualify to visit Cuba under this category.
How to Visit Cuba Under Support for the Cuban People Category.
It's very simple.
- Declare that you are traveling under the support for the Cuban people category when leaving the United States.
- Once in Cuba, you must stick to a full-time schedule of activities that support the locals.
Such activities include.
- Eating at local privately owned restaurants ( paladares)
- Staying at Casa Particulares. I'd advise you to stay at Casas. Casas are cheaper than hotels and you can get a local guide who would give you insider recommendations and help you meet your trip goals all while sticking to the requirements of the Support for Cuban people category.
- Visit local artists.
- Don't spend money on military-owned businesses.
Important Info: You have yo keep all your records and receipts during your Cuba trips for a period of at least 5 years.
How to get A Cuban Tourist Card
- Regardless of category, all US travelers have to get the pink tourist cards from Cuban travel agencies, Cuban embassy or airlines.
- The cards should cost between $30 -50.