Cuba Guidance November 2017

Departments of State, Commerce and Treasury have published new regulations regarding transactions with and travel to Cuba.  The new regulations are now in effect and contain: a prohibition on all transactions between U.S. persons and “entities related to the Cuban military, intelligence, or security services” (i.e. Grupo de Administración Empresarial or “GAESA”, which controls around 60% of the Cuban economy); the elimination of the people-to-people travel exception for individuals; and, for anyone traveling under the still existing General Licenses (e.g. educational travel or travel in support of the Cuban people, etc.), a requirement for a letter from the traveler’s sponsoring institution (i.e. the University of Pittsburgh). A new Cuban Restricted List has been created by Department of State and that list is now active in our RPS application through Amber Road.  Individuals traveling to Cuba should use the Amber Road RPS tool to pre-screen Cuban entities (hotels, conference providers, transportation companies, etc.), and should contact OEC for assistance with the required letter.