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Prior Approval No Longer Required as of Friday for 12 Types of Travel to Cuba

Cuban dissidents recently released from prison participate in a Jan. 11 march in Havana.


A number of restrictions on the United States’ relationship with Cuba will be lifted as of tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 16, “International Cuba Party Day.” One rule change will allow American citizens to visit the island nation without the prior permission of the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control for the first time in a long while—so long as the visit falls under one of 12 approved categories. Here are those categories, per the White House:

1. Family visits


2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations

3. Journalistic activity

4. Professional research and professional meetings

5. Educational activities

6. Religious activities

7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions

8. Support for the Cuban people

9. Humanitarian projects

10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes

11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials

12. Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.

There is one category of Cuba travel that is not allowed.

1. Starting a missile crisis

Absolutely do not go to Cuba if you intend to start a missile crisis!

But seriously, actually, straight-ahead tourist travel to Cuba is still not permitted.