Travel to Cuba

U.S. to Cuba travel policy

Flying to Cuba from or through the U.S. for tourism is not allowed. There are 12 permitted reasons for travel:

  • Family visits
  • Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations
  • Journalistic activities
  • Professional research or professional meetings
  • Educational activities and people-to-people exchanges
  • Religious activities
  • Public performance, clinics, workshops, athletic or other competitions and exhibitions
  • Support for the Cuban people
  • Humanitarian projects
  • Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
  • Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials
  • Travel related to certain authorized export transactions

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If you aren't traveling for one of the 12 reasons, there are 2 other ways to enter Cuba:

  • With a license issued by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • As a Cuban National returning home

Apply for an OFAC license

If you don't qualify for one of the 12 permitted reasons, have an OFAC license or identify as a Cuban national returning home, you will not be permitted to travel to Cuba.

Additional travel requirements

Everyone entering Cuba must have a visa and health insurance with coverage in the area. For insurance, a $25 fee is added to your ticket price.

Special visa requirements apply to Cuban-born travelers, regardless of citizenship.

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Preparing for travel

What to bring

  • Valid passport
  • Valid visa, travel card or Cuban passport
  • Cash

You can buy a travel card online or at Charlotte (CLT) and Miami (MIA) before departure.

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Few U.S.-issued cards are accepted in Cuba and service isn't guaranteed. Contact your bank before traveling.

Check-in

Online check-in for flights to Cuba is unavailable. You must check in at the airport to provide reason for travel – allow up to 3 hours to complete the process. If you're flying from Miami (MIA), look for the 'Cuba Ready' booth by Checkpoints 1 and 2 to check your documents and get your boarding pass stamp.

Baggage fees may apply for checked bags and can only be paid in cash.

Checked baggage policy

Connections

When you get to the gate at your connecting airport, look for the 'Cuba Ready' booth to check your documents and get your boarding pass stamp.