US Regulation


In June 2017, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended several US regulations affecting travel to Cuba by United States citizens, trade and commerce, and financial transactions by Cuban nationals.

For US citizens interested in traveling to Cuba, there are now 12 categories of authorized travel to and from Cuba. According to the US Department of the Treasury’s FAQs Related to Cuba, these categories are as follows:

• Family visits
• Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
• Journalistic activity
• Professional research and professional meetings
• Educational activities
• Religious activities
• Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
• Support for the Cuban people
• Humanitarian projects
• Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
• Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials
• Certain authorized export transactions

The OFAC has issued a general license for what’s known as “people-to-people travel” for US citizens to travel to Cuba for people-to-people educational activities. While the traditional tourist travel ban for US citizens still applies, the new regulation allows US citizens to travel to Cuba for:


“…group people-to-people educational travel, provided that the traveler engages in a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities and that will result in a meaningful interaction between the traveler and groups in Cuba.”


Under this license, you must keep records documenting your authorized people-to-people activities. We provide a full-time itinerary of authorized people-to-people activities, along with all of the necessary documentation you will need in order to satisfy all applicable record-keeping requirements.

Most important of all, Island Tripping / Cuba Tours Adventures is an official Cuban- and US Treasury-approved tour operator licensed to bring US citizens to Cuba for people-to-people education travel.

Island Tripping L.L.C is a registered business. You can verify this information in the Puerto Rico’s Department of State


Cuba is a complicated country. It is a communist nation strictly controlled by the Cuban government. The United States government maintains its economic embargo on Cuba. Though relations between the United States and Cuba are easing, travel to Cuba is still strictly regulated.

Americans can’t simply decide to go to Cuba. You must comply with all applicable regulations. There are 12 general licenses available for US citizens to visit Cuba — subject to specific requirements. As an approved tour operator licensed by both the Cuban government and the United States government, we have met all of the requirements imposed by both countries to arrange compliant people-to-people educational travel for US citizens seeking to visit Cuba. We offer safe, legal, and potentially life-changing trips to Cuba, approved by both governments.

Our company was founded by a Cuban American who draws on his heritage, cultural knowledge, and local network to build meaningful, educational activities. Fall in love with the Cuban culture by getting to know its people. Book your people-to-people trip to Cuba with Cuba Tours Adventures.