Travel to Cuba FAQ
Updated April 16, 2015
This document is explanatory only, does not have the force of law, and does not supplement or modify the Executive Orders, statutes, or regulations relating to Cuba. Where specific questions arise about applicability, scope, impact, or any other aspects of these sanctions, it is the responsibility of individuals or entities seeking guidance to review the relevant statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders, and, if appropriate, consult with legal counsel.
I. Embargo 1. Where can I find the amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR)? Please see the Federal Register.
2. When is the amendment to the CACR effective? The amendment became effective when published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2015.
3. Are sanctions on Cuba still in place following the President’s announcement on December 17, 2014? Yes, the Cuba embargo remains in place. Most transactions between the United States, or persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and Cuba continue to be prohibited, and OFAC continues to enforce the prohibitions of the CACR. These changes are targeted to further engage and empower the Cuban people by facilitating authorized travel to Cuba by U.S. persons, certain authorized commerce, and the flow of information to, from, and within Cuba.
4. Is the Department of Commerce also amending its rules? Yes. The Department of Commerce amended its rules which, among other things, authorize the export of certain items to the Cuban private sector and to improve the free flow of information to, from, and among the Cuban people. For additional information, please see the Bureau of Industry and Security website at: http://www.bis.doc.gov.
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