People to People Cuba Trips
Interact with the Cuban people with a cultural exchange
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People to People Organizations
The Havana Journal has posted a proprietary list of confirmed organizations that have received People to People license from OFAC.
Latin America Working Group
OFAC issues specific licenses to organizations that sponsor and organize programs to promote
educational exchange and people-to-people contact. These licenses authorize organizations and individuals traveling
to engage in educational exchanges not involving academic study pursuant to a degree program. Licenses will usually
be valid for one year and will contain no limitation on the number of trips that can be taken.
Criteria for determining if an organization is sponsoring programs that engage in people-to-people
contact are not yet clear, as people-to-people licenses are just beginning to be issued. The application process
suggests that the licenses will be granted on a case-by-case basis. The OFAC guidelines state that no application
is guaranteed, regardless of its credentials or past approval. However, it is helpful to have a history of having
done non-academic educational exchanges which promote people-to-people contact. This means having organized
programs to other countries, not domestic programs. If a group had been granted a people-to-people license for Cuba
prior to 2004 (before President Bush cut this license), this would be the best example of having a history of
having done non-academic educational programs.
For the most part, the people-to-people specific license will be the avenue in which cultural,
sports teams, museums, professional associations, business associations, advocacy groups, alumni associations,
student groups, etc. will be able to travel to Cuba—if approved by OFAC.
The Latin America Working Group can help you apply for a People to People Cuba travel license.
Cuba People to People
Cuba People to People writes... The category of educational exchanges not involving academic
study or "cultural exchanges" is potentially the same umbrella that enabled a wide range of professional
and shared interest groups to travel to Cuba before 2004. Organizations are seeking new licenses that under
Clinton were able to program trips ranging from high schools to elderhostel, world affairs councils to bird
watchers, alumni to dance students. In effect they will serve as intermediaries with both OFAC and Cuba
for groups like museums, lawyers, doctors, and business people that don’t want to obtain their own licenses and
don’t have experience in-country. Awaiting clarification is whether groups must have a history of
organizing exchange programs or qualify on the basis of the trip for which they are seeking the license.