How to Travel to Cuba: Licensed Organizations Update

Text: Julie Schwietert Collazo
Photo: Brayan Collazo
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Me, peeking into a door in Cuba.
Me, peeking into a door in Cuba.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece for FOX News Latino about how to travel to Cuba legally with one of the people-to-people programs authorized by the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Right around the same time the piece was published, the news broke that many of the 100+ organizations licensed by OFAC to lead these trips were not receiving renewals of their licenses; their renewal requests seemed to be suspended in bureaucratic, pre-elections political limbo.

Though most of those organizations still seem to be in limbo, I received notice earlier today that Friendly Planet is one of the few tour operators that has successfully had its people-to-people license renewed; in fact, they were granted a two-year renewal, and can continue running their Cuba tours through September 2014.

Curious about traveling to Cuba? Feel free to email us questions: collazoprojects[at]gmail[dot]com.

We also recommend Conner Gorry’s blog, Here is Havana, and her travel app, Havana Good Time (best app name ever!); she’s an American expat who has lived in Cuba for nearly a decade.