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Hi, and welcome to the American Citizens Services section of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba.

Were glad you stopped by! Are you thinking about visiting Cuba? Here

are five things you should know

Number one: can Americans visit Cuba?

The short answer isYes.” While tourism is still not permitted under the regulations,

it is now easier for Americans to visit Cuba for other purposes. The Department of Treasury

has defined twelve categories of authorized travel, which include family visits, journalistic

activities, public performances and support for the Cuban people. You can find out more

about the twelve categories by visiting their website.

Remember, if you are not sure which category you fall under or if you have more questions

about travel restrictions, you must contact the Department of Treasury in Washington,

D.C. The Office of Foreign Assets Control administers and enforces these regulations.

Number two: how can Americans get visas?

You can get your visa by applying to the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC .

Another option for obtaining a Cuban visa is to work through one of the many companies

specializing in travel to Cuba. They may be able to process your visa application and

make flight reservations on your behalf.

Remember to contact the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC for any questions on Cuban visas!

Number three: how to get to Cuba?

Commercial flights to Cuba have not yet resumed, although this may change in the near future.

For the time being, you may need to rely on charter flights. Many times, this requires

contacting the charter companies directly for reservations. In some cases you may be

able to reserve flights online through third country airlines. The U.S. Embassy in Havana

cant make reservations on your behalf.

Number four: bring Cash

U.S. Credit and Debit cards do not currently work in Cuba, so remember to bring enough

cash with you to last you your whole trip. U.S. dollars can be exchanged into Cuban convertible

currency at the airport, hotels, or exchange houses. There is usually a 10 percent charge

on exchanging U.S. dollars.

Number five: limited connectivity

Connectivity remains very limited in Cuba. You can expect to spend your time here with

limited internet and cell phone access. While some U.S. carriers have signed agreements

with the Cuban telecom company, its best to consult your U.S. provider on availability

and rates. Internet access is also very limited throughout the island, though some hotels

will offer Wi-Fi at an hourly rate and there are public wi-fi hotspots in several cities.

While youre in Cuba the American Citizens Services section at the U.S. Embassy in Havana

can assist you with emergencies, such as replacing lost or stolen passports, hospitalizations,

arrests, death cases of American citizens, or evacuations due to natural disasters or

civil disorder.

Before arriving in Cuba, dont forget to enroll in STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment

Program on so we can contact you if there is an emergency while you are

here! Thank you for visiting the American Citizens

Services section of the U.S. Embassy in Havana! We hope that you enjoy your visit to Cuba.

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