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Travelling to Cuba from the United States

Travel is permitted to Cuba from the US; however travelling for tourism purposes directly from the US to Cuba isn’t allowed under US law. This applies to US nationals and all foreign nationals who are either resident in the US, or travelling through the US en route to Cuba on any airline.

Everybody travelling to Cuba from the US (both US citizens and foreign nationals) will need to comply with US law and travel for one of the 12 authorised categories of travel. Tourism isn’t one of these 12 categories. For more information see the US Department of the Treasury website and the US State Department’s travel advice for Cuba.

Those travelling via other countries excluding the US, such as Canada or Mexico, are unaffected by this US legislation.



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