On December 17, the White House published a factsheet on re-establishing U.S. relations with Cuba and an updated policy approach to U.S.-Cuba relations. As part of this large shift in policy toward our relationship with Cuba were key components related to travel. As part of this shift, the U.S. will facilitate an expansion of travel between the two countries under general licenses for the 12 existing categories fo travel to Cuba that are currently authorized by law.

Licenses will be made for authorized travelers under the following 12 categories:

(1) family visits;
(2) official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations;
(3) journalistic activity;
(4) professional research and professional meetings;
(5) educational activities;
(6) religious activities;
(7) public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions;
(8) support for the Cuban people;
(9) humanitarian projects;
(10) activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes;
(11) exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials; and
(12) certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.