The travel restrictions apply to all persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction (including citizens and residents wherever located and foreign nationals in the United States). Only persons, who qualify for a general license or hold a specific license, may travel on a charter flight arranged by Gulfstream Air Charter or may engage in other travel-related transactions.

Before travel to Cuba, visit the OFAC website for more information.

Persons or groups allowed to travel to Cuba

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) authorizes travel in one of two different manners. OFAC’s Regulations provide for general licenses that authorize travel to Cuba. OFAC also may issue specific licenses, on a case-by-case basis, to individuals who do not qualify for any one of the general licenses. Only licensed travelers may travel to Cuba. Tourist travel is prohibited.

General Licenses

The Regulations currently have eighteen (18) general licenses that fall within twelve (12) travel categories. The travel categories are:

  1. Family visits (section 515.561)
  2. Official government business (section 515.562)
  3. Journalistic activity (section 515.563)
  4. Professional research and professional meetings (sections 515.564(a)(1) & (2))
  5. Educational activities (sections 515.565(a) & (b))
  6. Religious activities (section 515.566)
  7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions (sections 515.567(a) & (b))
  8. Support for the Cuban people (section 515.574)
  9. Humanitarian projects (section 515.575)
  10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes (section 515.576)
  11. Exportation and importation of information and informational materials (section 515.545(b)(1) & (2))
  12. Certain transactions for exports that the U.S. Department of Commerce may authorize (sections 515.533(c)(1) & (2) & 515.559)

The general licenses allow qualifying U.S. Persons to engage in travel-related transactions, such as purchasing airline tickets, making hotel reservations, and arranging ground transportation. No further permission from OFAC is required if U.S. persons qualify for a general license.

Customers should review the general licenses to determine whether they qualify and are authorized to travel to Cuba. The Regulations and OFAC’s Frequently Asked Questions are located on the OFAC website at: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/cuba.aspx

Specific Licenses

If a customer does not qualify for any of the general licenses, he or she must submit a written application to OFAC for a specific license. The customer must wait for OFAC to issue the specific license before he or she may make any travel arrangements. OFAC will consider a license application on a case-by-case basis. OFAC will not issue a license authorizing tourist travel.

Gulfstream’s Service Requirements

An experienced Gulfstream representative will ask each customer to provide some personal information and execute a certification demonstrating he or she is licensed to travel to Cuba. Each customer also should review and execute the Reservation Form and Operator Participant Contract.. If the customer requires hotel accommodations and ground arrangements, the agent will ask him/her to review and consider the Travel Participation Agreement as well.

Record Keeping Requirements

Customers are responsible for maintaining records for five years from the travel dates. Records include copies of airline tickets, receipts, invoices, and (if appropriate) itineraries. Gulfstream Air Charter also recommends that customers maintain copies of the Reservation Form and Operator Participant Contract.