November 9, 2017

U.S. State Department published a list of entities associated with Cuba, including hotels, shops, and travel agencies, with which direct financial transactions are generally prohibited under the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Cuba regulations.

If you have completed at least one travel-related transaction (e.g., purchased a flight or reserved accommodation) with an entity on this list prior to November 9, 2017, those travel-related transactions remain authorized provided that they are consistent with OFAC’s regulations.

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  for more information and assistance.