Global Educational Facilitation is licensed by OFAC to make travel arrangements for those individuals and groups who either (a) have obtained a Specific License from OFAC authorizing their travel to Cuba, or (b) are traveling under the general authorization given by OFAC for certain categories of persons without any need for them to apply for a Specific license. This general authorization is called a General License.
All persons traveling to Cuba must complete a sworn affidavit that will be made available to United States government officials. If you intend to travel to Cuba, you should download and complete the appropriate affidavit below.
The Additional Affidavit for travelers using the General License can be found here.
TSP Affidavit for travelers using either of the other licenses can be found here.
A Travel Service Provider is an OFAC approved and licensed individual, organization or corporation that is allowed to book flight, hotels and other travel services to Cuba for anyone qualified to travel to Cuba under a General or Specific OFAC license. Our TSP license number is CU-2012-297411-1.
Global Ed, as an official TSP, Travel Service Provider, offers several license types for travel to Cuba. The most common are explained below:
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A general license(No Application Necessary) allows certain categories of travel to Cuba and, if your travel is described by one of the OFAC sanctioned exceptions (listed below), then you can travel and do not have to make an application to OFAC. The most common forms of general licenses are educational groups for college credit from university or college and the religious purpose.
If you are allowed to travel to Cuba, you can engage with Travel Service Providers or Carrier Service Providers in order to arrange for travel to Cuba.
There are eight general licenses authorizing travel-related transactions involving Cuba. They are:
Examples of these can be found at
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Academic purpose licenses fall under the category of a general license and does not require prior specific authorization from OFAC. Accredited schools and universities will no longer need to apply for a Specific License for travel by their students, faculty and staff (including adjunct faculty and part-time staff) to Cuba. The following travel is now permitted:
If you fulfill one of the criteria listed above, the regulation authorizes you to travel on a general license and you do not require permission from OFAC. However, it is a requirement of the general license that you carry a letter on official letterhead signed by a designated representative of your sponsoring academic institution.[/column_three_quarter]
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If you are traveling to Cuba for religious purposes you first must obtain a letter from the clergy at the religious institution that states on their letterhead that the group will be performing religious activities. Religious activities are narrowly defined by OFAC and are similar to missionary type work. Please check OFAC’s website for specific examples.
All members and staff of a U.S. religious organization may travel to Cuba on a general license as authorized by section 515.566 (a) of the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) Cuba Assets Control Regulations. The general license authorizes members and staff of a U.S. religious organization to travel to Cuba for a full-time program of religious activities.[/column_three_quarter] [/tabbed_page_tab]
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An application must be sent by an individual or institution to OFAC. A specific license is granted to permit travel-related transactions where the proposed activity is not covered by a general license. These can be given to corporations, individuals and non-profit organizations for educational, cultural, religious, humanitarian and other reasons for Cuba travel related activities. You must apply for a specific license if your travel falls into one of these categories:
Examples of these can be found at
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We would be pleased to assist you with your travel needs, if you are properly licensed to travel to Cuba. We can point you to the right government information that defines a legal trip to Cuba. We offer a range of travel services to U.S. Educational institutions, people to people organizations and other OFAC licensed activities. Contact us with any questions or requests, here.
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