Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued revised Cuba travel regulations. The new regulations removes two travel authorizations to the island:
- Group people-to-people educational travel
- Cruise ship travel
At the same time, the new regulations do provide a “grandfathering” provision wherein travel is authorized for groups who have already booked travel or have completed one transaction relating to people-to-people group travel. There appears to be no “grandfathering” associated with the cruise ship travel prohibition.
What this means is that the Pre-College at CET Cuba program, operating as a people-to-people group program, will proceed as planned this summer. This program is currently booked, thereby falling under the grandfathering clause.
CET and Academic Travel Abroad, CET’s parent organization, remain committed to continuing to offer enriching educational exchange with our Cuban counterparts to our students and partners. ATA has navigated the troubled waters of US-Cuba relations and travel since the late 1990s. We believe in the power and benefit of people-to-people exchange and will continue to do our all to allow Americans to explore Cuba in the years to come.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns.