The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) prohibits persons subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. from engaging in transactions in which Cuba or a Cuban national has any interest whatsoever, direct or indirect, including transactions related to travel.
However, travel-related transactions related to educational activities by faculty, staff, and students of accredited U.S. graduate and undergraduate degree-granting academic institutions may be authorized to engage in travel-related transactions under a general license.
Travel-related transactions that fall under the general license of the university must be directly incident to:
Travelers to Cuba for the above purposes will need to carry letters on official letterhead signed by the official responsible for overseeing the institution’s Cuba travel program (Note: Dr. Ming Li is the official responsible for overseeing Ohio University’s Cuba travel program and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org).
The university and the traveler must retain records related to all Cuba-related transactions. Individuals may be asked to provide such documentation to OFAC or other law enforcement for up to five years.
The above information is taken from the “Comprehensive Guidelines for License Applications to Engage in Travel-related Transactions Involving Cuba”, put out by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Department of the Treasury.
In order to allow the university to ensure that proper insurance is in place, the traveler shall notify the Center for International Studies of his or her intended travel to Cuba as far in advance as possible and no less than 3 months before the travel takes place.
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