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February 27, 2015

What do the the latest Cuba changes mean for you?

With the recent changes on traveling to Cuba, we’ve been receiving quite a few questions about what that means to you, the traveler. Here’s some answers:

What do the recent changes regarding travel to Cuba mean for me if I want to travel to Cuba?
Americans are still not allowed to travel as “Tourists” to Cuba and programs must still adhere to a full time schedule of activities.


Can I use my credit card and debit card when I’m in Cuba?
Credit cards and debit cards issued by U.S. banks will be able to be used.  There will be a process to get all systems supported and running so it may be awhile before cards are able to be used.  In the meantime, travelers are advised to check with their financial institution before traveling to Cuba to determine whether their institution has established the necessary mechanisms for its credit or debit cards to be used in Cuba.

What about spending limits?
There are no longer spending limits for U.S. Travelers while in Cuba. Travelers are authorized to bring back $400 per person in merchandise, provided that no more than $100 of the merchandise consists of alcohol or tobacco.


How do I fly into Cuba?
At this point, flights to Cuba will still be done by charter flights only.

What type of paperwork do I need to fill out before traveling to Cuba?
Travelers will still be required to complete the three forms we are currently requiring (visa application, travel affidavit, and charter form)

Do Americans need a license to travel to Cuba?
No, permission from OFAC is not required if the person meets the criteria in a general license. Individuals should review the relevant general license requirements to determine whether their travel-related transactions are covered by such general licenses.

Why should a traveler book with Globus instead of doing it on their own?
Globus is equipped and educated as how to make the most of travel to Cuba and understand what regulations must be followed.  We have also developed strong relationships with Cuban hotels, restaurants, and transportation. Cuba is not yet equipped to handle large numbers of American visitors due to limited hotel space, limited transportation options, and limited guides.  There is a still a long way to go until the infrastructure is in place.


Want to know what it’s like to go on a Globus Cuba tour? Read a firsthand experience here.