Cuba News Updates:

What does President Trump's New Cuba Policy Mean?

President Trump made an announcement Friday June 16, 2017 regarding U.S.-Cuba policy.

Here’s what you need to know:

1.) Group people-to-people travel, which is exactly what insightCuba offers, will remain permitted.

2.) The provision for self-certified individual people-to-people travel has been eliminated. Americans wanting to travel to Cuba must do so in a group, and with a company like insightCuba.

3.) Commercial flights will not be affected.

4.) If you’re scheduled to travel on a Cuba cruise, your cruise will not be affected.

5.) Yes! Bringing back rum, cigars, art and other souvenirs is still legal.


People-to-people travel as a way to travel to Cuba legally: 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), under direction from the President, regulates travel to Cuba pursuant to the U.S. Embargo Against Cuba. Currently there are 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba which include: Family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities including people-to-people activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and 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 information materials; and certain authorized export transactions.  

Notably, 11 of the 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are very narrow in scope, meaning few Americans qualify. However, people-to-people travel, which exists as part of the educational activities category, allows any American to legally travel to Cuba, provided they engage in a full-time schedule of activities. Travel-related transactions pursuant to this authorization must be for the purpose of engaging, while in Cuba, in a full-time schedule of activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities; Each traveler has a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba.

To hear what the experts say about our people-to-people tours, please visit insightCuba’s press page.