DOCUMENTATION CUBA
Passport Valid for at least 6 months; requires one blank page
Boat Documentation Coast Guard Doc (Original)
Proof of Insurance Liability
Crewlist Required at checkin/out
Zarpe Required at checkin/out
OFFICIAL PROCEDURES HAIL UPON ARRIVAL
Official Country Visa The Tourist Card is valid for 30 days and can be extended for 30 additional days. These usually cost $50-$100.
Immigration Visa 30 days – extentable
Required Permits TBD
Upon Arrival Visit: Immigration; Customs; Port Authority
Upon Departure Visit: Immigration; Customs; Port Captain
Entry & Exit Fees:  
Notes: Expect to be boarded by Navy upon entering and/or leaving the country
   
OTHER  
Required Vaccinations  
Pets Vaccination Certificate
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

U.S. credit and debit cards do not work in Cuba. Bring cash to cover your stay. The Cuban government requires that travelers declare cash amounts over 5,000 USD.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

The export of Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) is strictly prohibited, regardless of the amount. When departing Cuba, U.S. travelers are advised to exchange Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) back to US Dollars well before reaching airport security checkpoints to avoid potential confiscation of the CUC. For other currencies, travelers may export up to the equivalent of 5,000 USD. Anyone wishing to export more than this amount must demonstrate evidence that the currency was acquired legitimately from a Cuban bank.

Currency: Cuban Peso

 

Crime Index Safety Index Corruption Index Corruption Score GDP x capita Pop (M) Life Ex. Cost of Living Groc. Rest. $ Loc.Purch.P.
5.0 48.9548.95

60/180

47% 8,821 11.35 78.66        

US EMBASSY
TEL +57 1 2752000
Cl. 24 Bis #48-50, barrio, Bogotá, Colombia
TEL +53 7 8394100

https://cu.usembassy.gov/

 

 

 

CONTACT THE US TREASURE IF YOU ARE A US FLAGGED VESSEL – VIA EMAIL  at:  OFACLicensing@treasury.gov

 

FILE FOR AN EXCEPTION VIA EMAIL  at:  OFACLicensing@treasury.gov

This message responds to your license application, submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), requesting authorization to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba.

The Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515 (the “Regulations”), administered by OFAC, prohibit all persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States from dealing in property in which Cuba or a Cuban national has an interest. The Regulations prohibit all Cuba travel-related transactions unless authorized.

The Regulations contain general licenses authorizing twelve categories of travel-related transactions involving Cuba. See 31 C.F.R. § 515.560(a). These categories are:

  1. Family visits (31 C.F.R. § 515.561);
  2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations (31 C.F.R. § 515.562);
  3. Journalistic activities (31 C.F.R. § 515.563);
  4. Professional research and professional meetings (31 C.F.R. § 515.564);
  5. Educational activities (31 C.F.R. § 515.565);
  6. Religious activities (31 C.F.R. § 515.566);
  7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions (31 C.F.R. § 515.567);
  8. Support for the Cuban people (31 C.F.R. § 515.574);
  9. Humanitarian projects (31 C.F.R. § 515.575);
  10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutions (31 C.F.R. § 515.576);
  11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials (31 C.F.R. § 515.545); and
  12. Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing Department of Commerce regulations and guidelines with respect to Cuba or engaged in by U.S.-owned or -controlled foreign firms (31 C.F.R. §§ 515.533 and 515.559).

(Please note that, effective June 5, 2019, OFAC amended the Regulations, imposing new limits on authorized travel. If OFAC issues additional amendments to the Regulations, the scope and conditions of these general licenses may change further.)

You should review these general licenses to determine whether your proposed travel is authorized by general license. To the extent that your proposed travel falls within the scope of one of the general licenses listed above, you may proceed without further authorization from OFAC.

Each person relying on a general license must retain specific records related to authorized travel transactions as set forth in the applicable general license and in 31 C.F.R. §§ 501.601, 501.602. OFAC has also published a list of Frequently Asked Questions Related to Cuba, including questions about the scope and application of the travel general licenses, available on our website at https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf.

If your proposed travel does not fall within the scope of one of the above-referenced general licenses, you may apply for a specific license from OFAC. If you apply for a specific license, please provide details regarding the proposed travel, including a description of the proposed activities in Cuba, and the reasons why the travel falls outside the scope of the general licenses listed above, sufficient to allow OFAC to evaluate the application.

Note that OFAC has a policy of denial for requests for a specific license authorizing prohibited people-to-people travel. With regard to such travel, also note that the related general licenses authorize, among other things, group people-to-people travel for a trip consistent with 31 C.F.R. § 515.565(b) as those provisions existed on April 17, 2019, provided the traveler completed at least one travel-related transaction for that particular trip prior to June 5, 2019. See 31 C.F.R. § 515.565(b).

Please be advised that it is OFAC’s policy not to grant a specific license authorizing transactions for which the provisions of an existing general license are applicable. See 31 C.F.R. § 515.801. For further information, including the links to the Regulations, the Frequently Asked Questions, and the Online Application Form, you may refer to the Cuba Sanctions page on the OFAC website at https://www.treasury.gov/cuba. You may also call our office at (202) 622-2480.

 

 

 

INDIVIDUAL EXCEPTION

Each person relying on a general license must retain specific records related to authorized travel transactions as set forth in the applicable general license and in 31 C.F.R. §§ 501.601, 501.602. OFAC has also published a list of Frequently Asked Questions Related to Cuba, including questions about the scope and application of the travel general licenses, available on our website at https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf.

WEATHER

Swell

TIDES

The largest known tidal range at Havana is: 2.46ft. (0.75m)

PILOT CHARTS

Cuba Pilot Charts provide historic points and aggregated information of  wind flows, air and ocean temperatures, wave heights, rain, barometric weight, and climate conditions at various seasons. This data was acquired from oceanographic and meteorologic perceptions over hundreds of years starting in the late eighteenth century. These diagrams are planned to help mariners choose routes around and approaching Cuba with respect to the normal climate and sea conditions using prevailing seasonal wind information. For an explanation of historic Cuban Climatology and how to read Wind-roses follow this link.

Weather – Wind roses Explained

CUBA HISTORIC HURRICANE TRACKS

CUBA CHARTS

CUBA REFERENCE CHARTS   FOR DOWNLOAD

AIDS TO NAVIGATION

Check Good Nautical for anchorages marinas and harbors

Good Nautical Cuba

ALERTS