Previously, on June 5, 2019, an amendment to the CACR removed an authorization for people-to-people educational travel that was conducted under the auspices of an organization that is subject to U.S. jurisdiction and that sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people contact (group people-to-people educational travel). The amendment includes a grandfather clause, however, that authorizes certain group people-to-people educational travel that previously was authorized, so long as the traveler had already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to June 5, 2019.
On June 16, 2017, the President issued National Security Presidential Memorandum-5 on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba (the NSPM). On November 9, 2017, OFAC amended the CACR to implement the NSPM. On April 17, 2019, the Administration announced regulatory changes to further implement the NSPM and the President’s foreign policy toward Cuba, including that the Department of the Treasury would further restrict non-family travel. The regulatory actions taken on June 5, 2019 and September 9, 2019 implement the President’s foreign policy toward Cuba as announced on April 17, 2019.
Please note that the Cuba embargo remains in place, and most transactions between the United States, or persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and Cuba continue to be prohibited. OFAC continues to enforce the prohibitions of the CACR.
The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), in coordination with OFAC’s June 5, 2019 amendment, amended its Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730-774). For additional information, see BIS’s Cuba webpage.