FAQs – ASSIGNMENT: CUBA
CAN I LEGALLY TRAVEL TO CUBA?
We travel under the license “Support of the Cuban People” We use the category of “Support for the Cuban People” which is not being restricted with the new changes.Additional information regarding General Licenses for travel to Cuba can be found here.
Travelers who fall within the scope of a general license need to submit a written request to OFAC for permission to travel or conduct transactions?
No further permission from OFAC is required to engage in transactions by a person who meets all criteria in a general license. We will travel under the general license “Support for the Cuban People.” A general license authorizes persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, including travel agents and tour group operators, to provide travel services in connection with authorized travel without the need for specific licenses from OFAC.
WHAT ABOUT THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED CHANGES BY THE US ADMINISTRATION ON TRAVEL TO CUBA?
There have been two amendments to CACR by the US administration in 2019. Details for the announcements made on June 5, 2019 and September 9, 2019 can be found here. Neither of these amendments affect travel authorized under the currently sanctioned general licenses, including “Support for the Cuban People.”
WHAT ARE CUBAN VISA & HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS?
The Cuban government requires all visitors entering Cuba carry non-US medical insurance. This coverage is usually included as part of your airfare for flights originating in the United States. You may choose to purchase additional coverage through a U.S. insurance provider – especially travel cancellation insurance or for travelers over the age of 80. Please retain your flight boarding pass as proof of medical insurance. It is recommended to obtain supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation if that is necessary.
WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE USED?
We will stay in Casa Particulars, private homes run by the people of Cuba (similar to Bed and Breakfasts in the US). These will include air conditioning, single-occupancy rooms with private showers. Some houses have WiFi, most don’t. Internet outages are common and power cuts are possible. This is a reality in Cuba, which we will need to adapt to. However, we will stay in neighborhoods and houses that are completely safe and your Casa will be clean and adequately comfortable.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Please bring all of your personal photography gear that you think you might need. Electrical outlets in Cuba are similar to the 110V outlets found in the US. It is required that you have your personal computer with photo software on the trip as you will be editing and reviewing images with faculty members. Backup hard disks to store your work are strongly recommended.
Please have comfortable walking or running shoes with you as we will spend several hours on foot each day. A light rain jacket is a must in Cuba for shelter from the elements at unexpected times. If you are under any prescription medication, you are advised to carry enough dosage to last you an extra 3-4 days.
WILL I NEED CASH? HOW ARE CURRENCY EXCHANGES HANDLED?
U.S. credit and debit cards generally do not work in Cuba. Bring cash to cover any personal expenses or just to have some extra currency. The Cuban government requires that travelers declare cash amounts over $5,000 USD. Travelers should note that the Government of Cuba charges a 10 percent fee for all U.S. dollar cash conversions; this does not apply to electronic transactions or cash conversions in other currencies. Conversions can be made at an official foreign exchange facility licensed by the Cuban government.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
Because this trip is happening in March 2020, we are asking for the full payment to secure your spot.
Cancellations made up to 90 days or more prior to departure will be given a 50% refund.
Cancellations made within 90 days of the trip will result in to a complete forfeiture of program fees.
CAN I EXTEND MY STAY?
Trip extensions desired beyond the program itinerary can certainly be made possible. Depending on your specific situation and needs, arrangements can be made at an additional cost.
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