Travel to Cuba

There are substantial restrictions on travel to Cuba from the United States for all American citizens and U.S. residents. Travel to Cuba for tourist purposes or activities remains prohibited. Please review the information below when considering travel to Cuba. 

Important Cuba Update

June 5, 2019: The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the regulations concerning group travel to Cuba. Specifically, the General License authorizing Group People-to-People Educational Travel has been rescinded. While the OFAC changes will not significantly affect the types of travel eligible for University of Pennsylvania Sponsorship (see below), it may impact certain programs organized through third-party providers.

November 8, 2017: U.S. State Department published a list of entities in Cuba, including hotels and stores, with which direct financial transactions are prohibited under the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Cuba regulations. This list is regularly updated.

In addition, the OFAC regulations stipulate that Penn faculty, staff, and students traveling to Cuba under University of Pennsylvania sponsorship should carry an appropriate authorization letter printed on University letterhead and signed by the designated representative for Penn. Please contact or 215-573-8817 for assistance in obtaining the required letter.

If you are contemplating Cuba travel, please contact the Office or Research Services or GSS for more information and assistance.

Penn's General Guidance for travel to Cuba 

OFAC Overview of Cuba Sanctions  

OFAC Guidance on Travel to Cuba  

OFAC Cuba Travel FAQs