Travel to Cuba
Guidelines for Activities Related to Cuba
The ECO/DCR will authorize reliance on a general license in the CACR in the following situations.
Professionals are authorized to travel to Cuba to conduct research, provided:
- The research directly relates to the traveler’s profession or area of expertise, including full-time graduate study
- The purpose of the trip is not tourism, recreation, or the pursuit of a hobby or personal interest
- The traveler’s schedule does not include free time in excess of that consistent with a full-time research effort
Structured Educational Programs
University faculty, staff, and students are authorized to travel to Cuba to participate in a structured educational program as part of a course offered for credit by the University.
University students are authorized to travel to Cuba to conduct noncommercial academic research that is both:
- Specifically related to Cuba
- Being conducted in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Study in Cuba
University students are authorized to travel to Cuba to participate in a formal course of study at a Cuban academic institution provided the course of study will be accepted for credit toward the student’s graduate or undergraduate degree from the University.
Teaching in Cuba
Faculty members regularly employed in a teaching capacity by the University are authorized to travel to Cuba to teach in certain programs at a Cuban academic institution.
Sponsoring Events in Cuba
The University may sponsor or cosponsor noncommercial academic seminars, conferences, and workshops related to Cuba or global issues involving Cuba. Faculty, staff, and students are authorized to travel to Cuba to participate in such events.
Academic Exchanges and Research Projects
Activities relating to the creation and operation of academic exchanges and research projects are authorized.
The University may provide standardized testing services—including entrance and professional exams—to Cuban persons.
Online undergraduate teaching, including Massive Open Online Courses, may be made available to students in Cuba.
Faculty and staff may travel to Cuba to organize and prepare for the educational activities described in sections 3 through 10 above.
For travel to Cuba not qualifying for a general license, the ECO/DCR will work with travelers in applying for a specific license from OFAC. Whether a specific license will be approved depends on the current state of US Government policy, which may change over time, and which the ECO/DCR can explain. One thing that rarely changes, however, is the length of time it takes to obtain a specific license. This process can range from one to three months. Accordingly, travelers should consult the ECO/DCR as early as possible.
Visiting Cuban Scholars
In certain cases, Cuban scholars may teach or engage in other academic activities at the University if sponsored by a University college or department. Before engaging a Cuban scholar, consult the ECO/DCR to discuss the requirements.