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On September 29, 2017 the US Department of State issued a travel warning for Cuba. UConn faculty, staff and sStudents traveling to Cuba for University-sponsored or University-related purposes must adhere to the University policy on Travel to Countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning/Alert. Form more information on the policy and how to apply for a waiver, visit:


Travel to Cuba is regulated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Anyone located in the United States, regardless of citizenship and nationality, must comply with these regulations. Tourist travel to Cuba remains prohibited. Individuals seeking to travel to Cuba are not required to obtain licenses from OFAC if their travel is covered by one of the 12 general license categories. You must obtain a license from the Department of Treasury if your purpose of travel does not fall into one of 12 categories of authorized travel.

The general license categories are:

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

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. See the Department of Treasury webpage. For travel-specific questions, please see 31 C.F.R. 515.560 and OFAC's Frequently Asked Questions.

Visit the Cuban Embassy website for visa requirements. Cuba also requires visitors to have non-U.S. medical insurance, which can normally be purchased at the airport upon arrival to Cuba. Questions about insurance should be directed to the Cuban Embassy.

Foreign students on scholarships are required to test for HIV/AIDS.

Cuba does not recognize the U.S. nationality of Cuban-born U.S. citizens. Cuban-born U.S. citizens will be treated as Cuban citizens and may be subject to restrictions and obligations. The Cuban government requires such individuals to enter and depart Cuba using Cuban passports. Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found elsewhere on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs information page.

For more information on the general license contact:
Carol Connolly, Senior Export Control Officer
Phone: +1 (860-) 486-3994


During your travels, you should carry a letter of invitation from your academic host institution as well as a conference program/itinerary. The invitation should state the purpose of your visit. You should be able to obtain your Cuban entry permit or visa through or you can also call the airline to process the entry permit, as long as it is a few days in advance. The steps are as follows:

-  Call the airline reservations desk and tell whoever you speak to that you have a question regarding Cuba and they will transfer you to the Cuba travel desk.
-   You will need to provide a credit card number and they will process the visa and send you an email receipt.
-   If you do this ahead of time, it should not add any extra time in the airport, you will simply fill out the paperwork and pick up the visa at your gate.

Many places do not accept credit cards. Be sure to bring either Euros or Dollars (Euros are more favorable).