What are the travel restrictions going from the United States to Cuba?


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As of September 2015, American tourists are not eligible for travel from the United States or any other country to Cuba. Workers, journalists, performers and others who travel to Cuba must receive a license from the U. S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. Travelers are required to contact the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D. C. to determine what type of visa is needed prior to travel. Cuba requires travelers to have non-U. S. medical insurance.

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Travelers are required to have a valid passport for the duration of the time in Cuba. Travelers are subject to daily spending limits while in Cuba. Visitors are required to use Cuban Convertible Pesos while in the country and are not allowed to take them out of the country in any amount.

In other currencies, travelers are permitted to export up to $5,000. Anyone attempting to take more money out of the country is required to prove that he obtained the funds legally from a Cuban bank. Visitors returning to the U. S. can bring with them Cuban items valued no more than $400 with no more than $100 in tobacco and alcohol. Civilian aircraft are not allowed to enter Cuban airspace without prior authorization.

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