The US Treasury has issued guidance on travel between the US and Cuba, link here.
The guidance sets out the types of cargo that authorised carriers may transport between the US and Cuba. The Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) permit all transactions ordinarily relating to the export from the US to Cuba of items licensed or otherwise authorised by the Bureau of Industry and Security. Information and informational materials, such as publications, photographs, and articles, are exempt from the prohibitions in the CACR.
Pursuant to the CACR, authorised carriers and travellers may transport from Cuba to the US:
- For persons subject to US jurisdiction – up to $400 of merchandise from Cuba for personal use, of which at most $100 may be alcohol or tobacco products
- For foreign nationals – any non-commercial quantity of Cuban-origin goods, of which at most $100 may be alcohol or tobacco products for personal use
- For any traveller – goods authorised by the Code of Federal Regulations and State Department’s list (available here)
- For any traveller who is returning to the US from Cuba – any items the traveller temporarily exported to Cuba under a BIS license or other authorisation
- For any carrier – cargo, other than accompanied baggage, the import of which has been authorised by a general or specific licence, or any other relevant US government agency
Information and informational materials produced in Cuba are also exempt from the prohibitions in the CACR.
The guidance also specifies which individuals may be transported between the US and Cuba by an authorised carrier via aircraft or a commercial passenger vessel:
- Persons subject to US jurisdiction (including unblocked Cuban nationals residing in the US) who are travelling pursuant to a general licence under one of 12 categories listed in the CACR, or under a specific licence from OFAC
- Cuban or third party nationals with a valid visa seeking entry to the US
- Cuban nationals present in the US with non-immigrant status or under other non-immigrant travel authorisation from the US government
Any individual, including foreign nationals, and their close relatives who are travelling on official business of the US government, a foreign government, or an intergovernmental organisation of which the US is a member or observer.