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Are you allowed to travel to Cuba from the US?

YES! In short, yes – it is legal to travel to Cuba from the US. It involves a bit of research, the proper documentation and understanding, but it all boils down to this: if you’re traveling to Cuba from the US, open tourism (the free-for-all kind that many of us are lucky to be used to in most other places) is not allowed, but you are allowed to go for one of 12 authorized categories. Your engagements there are not supposed to support the Cuban government. Many hotels, shops, resorts, etc. are ultimately owned/run by the Cuban government, where, according to the US State Department, “direct financial transactions would disproportionally benefit such services or personnel at the expense of the Cuban people or private enterprise in Cuba.” You can see the complete list of restricted entities here. Therefore, as long as you stay in locally owned Airbnb-type places (casa particulares) and eat at local restaurants and shop locally, etc., you should be okay. (I try to keep this as accurate and up-to-date as possible but please make sure to verify and do your own research prior to traveling to Cuba!).

✈️ Colorful #travelphotographer ?Mine & ʟᴀᴛᴇʀɢʀᴀᴍs ?Actually very excited about travel & #Chicago ?megan[at]moderatelyexcited.com ?Hawaii, Charleston