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Understanding the Criteria for Harvard Travelers to Cuba

In January 2015, the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published new rules governing travel to Cuba.

These changes followed President Obama’s December 2014 announcement to ease U.S.-Cuba relations, and they've spurred a renewed interest in traveling to the Island.

It's important to understand that, as before, travel to Cuba for purposes of tourism is not permitted, and the criteria for allowable travel to Cuba under Harvard’s license have remained largely the same.

A colorful street in Cuba; Photo by Augustin de Montesquiou on Unsplash

Harvard can directly authorize only travel that meets the educational activities criteria outlined in the student, faculty, and staff guidelines below.

Potential travelers may qualify for a general license to travel to Cuba for other types of activities authorized under the OFAC regulations. If you’re considering travel to Cuba, it's your responsibility to determine whether you meet the requirements of any such license.


Along with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), we can help you understand what's required to travel to Cuba.

After reviewing the information below, contact us with questions.


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