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Submitted on Jan 04, 2020 Useful Info

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.

  1. Eating at local privately owned restaurants ( paladares)
  2. 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.
  3. Visit local artists.
  4. 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.