Young boys and girls walking by the wall of El Malecon in the Cuban capital, Havana. The Good Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean.
Department of the Treasury. Anyone located in the United States, regardless of citizenship and nationality, must comply with these regulations. Individuals seeking to travel to Cuba are not required to obtain licenses from OFAC if their travel is covered by a general license.
If travel is not covered by a general license, you must seek OFAC authorization in the form of a specific license. Travelers who fail to comply with regulations may face penalties and criminal prosecution.
Cuba requires visitors to have non-U. Cuba does not recognize the U. The Cuban government requires Cuban dual nationals to enter and depart Cuba using Cuban passports.
Cuban Requirements for Authorized Travelers: Attempts to enter or exit Cuba illegally, or to aid the irregular exit of Cuban nationals or other persons, are prohibited. Entering Cuban territory, territorial waters or airspace without prior authorization from the Cuban government may result in arrest.
Immigration violators are subject to prison terms ranging from four years to 30 years. If you are planning to enter Cuba with a U. Please see the U. Coast Guard provides permission information at Safety and Security The security environment in Cuba is relatively stable and characterized by a strong military and police presence.
Demonstrations are infrequent but can be violent. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational without warning. Avoid demonstrations and maintain security awareness at all times.
Review the Cuba Travel Advisory.
The Cuban government has detained U. The Cuban government may detain individuals for activities which would not be considered criminal or offensive in the United States.
With the recent influx of travelers, there has been an increase in the number of property crimes, as well as violent crimes. Crimes of opportunity, such as purse snatchings and car break-ins, are on the rise. There have also been recent reports of a drugged sexual assault and armed robberies.
Do not flash large amounts of cash. Do not leave your valuables unattended. Do not leave a beverage unattended or accept beverages from persons unknown to you. Locations such as Habana Vieja, Playas del Este, and other tourist locations tend to have a higher incidence of crime than other parts of Havana.
Be wary of misdirection schemes where someone attempts to gain your attention while another comes from behind to steal your purse, wallet, or other valuable items. If confronted by criminals, do not resist, try to remain calm, clearly display your hands and do not make any sudden moves that could be interpreted as resistance.
Carry your cell phone for emergency communications and travel in groups if possible. Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night or when traveling in an unfamiliar area.
While in your car, place valuables out of sight or in a locked trunk.
When unattended, avoid leaving items in the car, especially on the seat or in plain view. Only use marked taxis. Carry a copy of your passport and secure the original.
Beware of hustlers, who may speak English and appear friendly. If you are a crime victim, contact the local police and the U. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.HAVANA — As U.S.-Cuba relations warmed in recent years, Matilde Portela, an Airbnb host, reveled in the flood of American tourists.
An aspiring business executive at age 73, she quickly learned. Cuba is an archipelago made up of the largest island of the Antilles called Cuba, Isla de la Juventud (formerly called Isle of Pines), and another 4, cays, islets and adjacent islands. It is located in the Caribbean Sea (or Caribbean Sea), near the coast of the United States and Mexico.
The vast majority of Cuba's tourists gravitate to the attractive arcs of white sand that pepper the country's north coast and offshore islands. But, explore beyond the beaches and you’re in a different domain, a land of fecund forests and crocodile-infested swamps, abandoned coffee plantations and rugged mountains as famous for their revolutionary folklore as their endemic species.
While Trump has discouraged travel to Cuba with these new restrictions, it's still possible to go and enjoy the rich culture of this island. However, since relations between the United States and Cuba are suffering under the Trump administration, be well prepared before you go.
Travel to Cuba for tourist activities remains prohibited by statute. However, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel.
Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. It’s also the least expensive.
Besides low-cost living, tourists are drawn by perfect winter weather and more than white sandy beaches lapped by.