Following President Obama’s recent visit to Cuba, the U.S. Department of Commerce has made an announcement on the continued easing of travel restrictions between the two countries. In response to the historic first visit by a U.S. President since 1928, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew stated, “Today’s steps build on the actions of the last 15 months as we continue to break down economic barriers, empower the Cuban people and advance their financial freedoms, and chart a new course in U.S.-Cuba relations.”
The amendments specifically allow individuals to travel to Cuba for the engagement of full-time educational activities without the prior requirement of a guide. Travel to Cuba is still governed by the 12 categories of the general license exclusions, including family visits; journalistic activity; educational activities; religious activities; and public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions. For the complete update, visit the U.S. Treasury Department’s website.
Before sailing your boat to Cuba, don’t forget to obtain the U.S. Coast Guard’s Permit to Enter Cuban Territorial Seas (CG-3300). Additional useful information may be found at cuba-boating.com.