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