Sunday, September 24, 2017

Irish Music and Film Program in Holguin and Santiago

Tentative itinerary

Saturday, Nov 11  fly from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale to Holguin, arriving midday; rest and sightseeing

Sunday-Monday, Nov 12-13  concert, programs in university and music and dance schools

Tuesday, Nov 14  Drive to Santiago (two hours), sightseeing

Wednesday-Thursday, Nov 15-16 programs at the university, music and dance schools

Friday, Nov 17  Mick, Athena and Niall return to Holguin for flight to Miami/New York or Mexico City; others free to remain in Santiago; session with local musicians? (optional to join Charlie and John for a showing of A Captain Unafraid and visit to site Dynamite Johnny landed ib south shore)

Saturday-Sunday, Nov 18-19  return to Holguin, option of remaining a day or two or flight to Miami with connection home; session with Cuban musicians?; showing of A Captain Unafraid and visit to site Dynamite Johnny landed on north shore

Monday, Nov 20  Charlie and John will go to Ciego de Avila if hurricane damage permits; others welcome

Tuesday, Nov 21  John returns to Miami

Sessions and sightseeing and going to Cuban music will be scattered in as appropriate while all are together.  Holguin offers the option of visit to location Columbus landed or to vast farming estate birthplace of Fidel and Raul Castro.  Santiago includes Moncada barracks and museum (failed first attempt to overthrow Batista by Fidel), San Juan Hill, museum of Cuban Spanish American war, grave sites of Fidel and Marti

Monday, September 4, 2017

Comparison of Cruise Options

Which Cruise Should You Take to Cuba?

July 17, 2017
By Chris Gray Faust and Adam Coulter, Senior Editors

Cruising to Cuba has undergone great changes in just a few years. American cruise ships, which began visiting the Caribbean's largest island in 2016, keep adding more and more sailings, as regulations fall away. International lines, too, have been developing more itineraries in Cuba, due to interest.

Currently, the only thing stopping a U.S. mainstream cruise line from visiting Cuba is the country itself; there are no U.S. government regulations forbidding cruise ships from going, thanks to measures taken by the Obama administration. Although the Trump administration is tightening up individual travel, Cuba continues to approve cruise line sailings throughout 2017 and into 2018.

All nationalities can visit Cuba as tourists except Americans. Americans still need to travel under one of 12 approved reasons; the most common -- and the one used by cruise lines currently offering itineraries for Americans -- is the people to people visa. (For more details, read Cuba People to People Visa Options for American Cruisers.)

Below, we take a look at the cruising options in Cuba, so you can decide what's best for you. Note: There are several lines that are selling cruises to Cuba that still don't have final permission from that government to dock, including Viking Ocean and Grand Circle. We've left those out, for now.


Celestyal

What It Is: Owned by Greek-company Celestyal, Crystal was one of the first ships to make regular sailings in Cuba that were open to Americans; Cuba cruises began in 2014. The ship, renovated in 2016, carries 1,200 passengers and has most of the amenities that you'd find on a big ship. It also employs Cuban crew and offers several choices of shore excursions in each port.

Itinerary: Passengers board in either Havana or Montego Bay on a cruise that also stops in Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Isla de la Juventud for a beach day. Starting in 2017, the cruises will operate year-round.

American Friendly? Yes. Celestyal offers a people to people program for Americans, who make up a significant portion of the passengers.

Who Will Like It: Passengers who want some recreation thrown in with their history, as well as more choices at each stop.

Who Won't: Passengers who want an intimate expedition-style experience.


Pearl Mist exterior
Pearl Seas Cruises

What It Is: Operated by Pearl Seas Cruises, which began selling the sailings long before receiving permission, Pearl Mist is a 200-passenger ship offering a packed program of stops on the island. A sister company to American Cruise Lines, Pearl Seas generally attracts a similar (i.e., older) clientele, with a slightly more luxury bent (and prices to match).

Itinerary: Passengers board in Miami for a 10-night cruise that has an overnight in Havana, as well as stops in Isla de la Juventud, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, El Cobre, Santiago de Cuba and Parque Baconao. Sailings began January 17, 2017, and run through April 2017; more Cuba cruises will depart from November 2017 into 2018.

American Friendly? Yes. Pearl Mist's program will follow people to people regulations.

Who Will Like It: Older passengers who still have the stamina for in-depth touring; there is only one sea day.

Who Won't: Passengers who like leisurely cruises with lots of down time, and budget travelers.


Oceania

What It Is: Oceania Cruises became the first cruise line from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to sail to Cuba in March 2017, with 1,250-passenger Marina. In fall 2017, Insignia will make six sailings; the line has also committed to Cuba in 2018 with sailings planned on Sirena and Regatta through the fall.

Itinerary: In 2017, Marina will sail from Miami on 10- and 14-day Caribbean itineraries that include either one day or an overnight in Havana. The fall itineraries on Insignia, as well as the 2018 sailings, are more in-depth, with the ships making stops in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, as well as Havana.

American Friendly? Yes. All Oceania ships will comply with people to people regulations.

Who Will Like It: Passengers who want a touch of the good life as they sail around the island.

Who Won't: People who are looking for a party hearty experience.


Azamara Club Cruises

What It Is: Azamara Club Cruises, the destination-immersive cruise line from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., made its first sailing to Cuba on the March 21, 2017, departure of 694-passenger Azamara Quest. The ship will return to the island in November 2017 for several cruises.

Itinerary: Currently, the ship's Cuba stop is merely an overnight on Caribbean sailings out of Miami. The line has said that it is looking to add more Cuba ports to other itineraries.

American Friendly? Yes. Azamara Quest will comply with people to people regulations through for-fee shore excursions.

Who Will Like It: Fans of smaller ships that are OK seeing Cuba as part of a longer itinerary.

Who Won't: Passengers who love the amenities of a large cruise ship.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises

What It Is: Luxury line Regent Seven Seas will become the first classic luxury line to sail to Cuba on one of its 700-passenger ships, Seven Seas Mariner. Excursions that are included in your cruise fare include a city walking tour, a Cuban art tour, a rum and cigar tour, a Hemingway tour, a fort tour, a day trip to Soroa, a meal at Havana's first farm-to-table restaurant and a choice of evening performances of the Buena Vista Social Club, Cafe Taberna or a Parisian cabaret show at the Hotel Nacional. For-fee excursions are also available.

Itinerary: Two sailings from Miami in April 2017 will include overnight stops in Havana.

American Friendly? Yes. Seven Seas Mariner will comply with people to people regulations.

Who Will Like It: Upscale passengers who like all-inclusive cruising and have Cuba on their bucket list.

Who Won't: Budget-conscious cruisers or those who want a more immersive Cuba experience.


Royal Caribbean

What It Is: Royal Caribbean has earmarked 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas for Cuba travel. With its first cruise departing April 19, 2017, Empress will be the first true "mainstream" cruise ship to sail to Cuba from Miami. It will also be the first to offer cruises to the island that are shorter than a week.

Itinerary: The first Empress of the Seas sailing will be a five-night cruise from Miami that includes a day stop in Havana. Then in a twist, the ship will continue its Cuba sailings out of a second U.S. homeport, Tampa, through 2017. Empress will offer four-, five- and seven-night sailings; Havana will continue to be a one-day call, on Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries.

American Friendly? Yes. Empress of the Seas will comply with people to people regulations.

Who Will Like It: Budget-conscious cruisers who don't have time for long cruises.

Who Won't: Passengers who want a more leisurely look at the island.


Norwegian Cruise Line

What It Is: Norwegian Sky, the line's popular alcohol-inclusive ship, has been cruising to Cuba since May 2017; Norwegian Sun will begin offering Cuba cruises May 2018 after a dry dock which also will restructure its fares to include soda, juice and alcohol. Like Royal Caribbean and Carnival, Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun offer shorter itineraries.

Itinerary: Both ships' itineraries include an overnight in Havana, and Cuba cruises will be available throughout the year.

American Friendly? Yes. Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun will comply with people to people regulations.

Who Will Like It: Passengers who want a quick look at Cuba in a big-ship, party-hearty atmosphere.

Who Won't: People who are looking for an educational, in-depth trip to the island.


Carnival Cruise Line

What It Is: After entering Cuba early with Fathom, Carnival Corp. comes to the island in June 2017 with Carnival Paradise. At 2,052 passengers, the ship will be the largest vessel sailing into Cuba in 2017; like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, the ship will sail shorter itineraries. Carnival Paradise sails from Tampa.

Itinerary: Four- and five-night cruises will begin on June 29, 2017, run through the fall and go into 2018. Some itineraries include an overnight stay in Havana, while others are just there for the day.

American Friendly? Yes. Carnival Paradise will comply with people to people regulations,

Who Will Like It: Passengers who want a "Fun Ship" experience to Cuba.

Who Won't: Passengers who are hoping for a more scholarly bent when they visit.


International Expeditions

What It Is: An expedition tour operator, International Expeditions has added Cuba trips that include time on land with time sailing around Cuba on a chartered ship, the 46-passenger Panorama. The small group lends itself to in-depth exploration with plenty of people-to-people cultural activities. You can't help learning in this environment.

Itinerary: IE's trips depart from Miami on chartered flights to Santa Clara, in Cuba's interior. Stops include Bay of Pigs, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Isla de la Juventud, Maria la Gorda and Vinales Valley before ending on an overnight in Havana.

American Friendly? Yes. This type of trip is the definition of people to people, with lots of educational opportunities.

Who Will Like It: Travelers who want to combine a cruise to Cuba with time on land, and also don't mind sailing on such a small ship.

Who Won't: Cruisers who are used to big ship amenities and multiple restaurants.


Lindblad Expeditions

What It Is: Lindblad Expeditions, the expedition cruising line that has a partnership with heavyweight National Geographic, began Cuba sailings on a small chartered ship, 44-passenger Panorama II, in December 2016 through March 2017. The program will begin again in December 2017 and run through March 2018.

Itinerary: After a flight from Miami to Havana, you'll spend several days in the capital before visiting the Bay of Pigs, Cienfuegos, Cayo Largo, Trinidad and Jarines de la Reina Marine Park on this 11-day itinerary.

American Friendly? Yes. National Geographic has operated people to people land tours in Cuba before, and the sailing will be a natural extension of that program.

Who Will Like It: Passengers who want to see Cuba with experts. (A team that includes a photographer, a naturalist and a cultural specialist will be onboard. Keep in mind that this doesn't come cheap: Fares start at $9,500 per person.)

Who Won't: Cruisers who are used to big-ship amenities or want only a cursory view of the island, as well as people on a budget.


Ponant

What It Is: The French line Ponant began sailing Cuban itineraries in March 2017 on its 64-passenger three-masted schooner, Le Ponant. Besides the usual stops, Ponant has a few smaller ports on its itinerary, which might get passengers a better taste of the island overall.

Itinerary: Ponant's trips begin with a flight from Miami to Santiago de Cuba. From there, passengers board the ship and sail to Casilda (base for a trip to Trinidad), Cienfuegos, Cayo Largo and Punta Frances, before ending in Havana.

American Friendly? Yes. Ponant has activities that meet U.S. people to people requirements.

Who Will Like It: Passengers who want the intimacy of a small ship and less traveled ports.

Who Won't: Passengers who get motion sickness and only want the highlights.


Insight Cuba

What It Is: A tour operator that has been running trips in Cuba since 2000, Insight Cuba charters Variety Voyager, a 72-passenger vessel, for seven-night trips that leave from Cienfuegos and end in Havana. The company also offers sailing trips on the 46-passenger sailing yacht Panorama between January and April.

Itinerary: The trips on Voyager visit Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Cayo Larga, Isla de la Juventad and Havana. On the sailing trips, you visit those same ports, plus Pinar del Rio, Maria La Gorda and the Vinales Valley.

American Friendly? Yes. Insight Cuba has operated people to people land tours in Cuba before, and the sailings are natural extensions of the program.

Who Will Like It: Passengers who want to travel with some of the country's most expert guides.

Who Won't: Passengers who are fine with a general overview of the island.


Tauck Small Ship Cruising

What It Is: Known for its land tours and river cruises, Tauck is expanding its focus on small ship cruising, with Cuba being a central part of its strategy. Beginning in 2018 and into 2019, Tauck will charter Le Ponant for 10-day journeys around the island.

Itinerary: Passengers will meet in Miami and then fly to Havana for a two-night stay. They will then board the ship and sail between Havana and Santiago de Cuba, with stops in Cienfuegos and Trinidad.

American Friendly? Yes. Tauck's tour will meet U.S. people to people requirements.

Who Will Like It: People who enjoy Tauck's all-inclusive approach to travel.

Who Won't: People who want a more a la carte cruise experience.


MSC Cruises

What It Is: Due to increasing demand, the Mediterranean line MSC Cruises has homeported two cruise ships in Havana. MSC Opera carries 2,120 passengers and has been in Cuba since 2015. MSC Armonia, a ship that carries 2,000 passengers, began Havana sailings in 2016.

Itinerary: Both ships spend several days in Havana before sailing to other Caribbean islands. Because MSC doesn't sell these cruises to Americans, the company can offer a wide range of shore excursions, including beach days and snorkeling.

American Friendly? No. MSC does not sell these cruises to Americans or offer people to people options.

Who Will Like It: Europeans who enjoy big ship amenities, are content with just visiting Havana and want to see Cuba before too many American companies come in.

Who Won't: Passengers who want a more complex trip to Cuba.


G Adventures

What It Is: A Canadian tour operator known for adventure, G Adventures offers several types of trips to Cuba, including sailing cruises on a 14-passenger catamaran to several off-the-beaten path islands.

Itinerary: The marine tour begins with several days in Havana before transferring passengers to Cienfuegos. There, people board the ship for a week visiting the Canarreos Archipelago, with nothing more on the agenda than snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, fishing and other watersports.

American Friendly? The company says that Americans can come if they can procure their own visas. The program is not compatible with people to people, however, so it's pretty unlikely many from the U.S. can go.

Who Will Like It: Laid-back sailors who are tired of the same old, same old.

Who Won't: People who like big ships and are prone to motion sickness.


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

What It Is: The Norwegian-owned, but solidly British cruise line calls in at Cuba several times a year, both as part of a Caribbean cruise departing from Barbados, and also as part of a world cruise segment.

Itinerary: The line is one of the few that call in at a port other than Havana -- Santiago de Cuba, the country's second city -- on its Caribbean and Cuba cruise on Braemar.

American Friendly? The company says that Americans can come if they can procure their own visas. The program is not compatible with people to people, however, so it's pretty unlikely many from the U.S. can go.

Who Will Like It: Most of Fred.'s longer cruises are adults-only and the average age is 70+.

Who Won't: You are likely to feel a little out of place if you're under 50 or not British, though Fred. Olsen passengers are a welcoming bunch.


Thomson Dream
Thomson Cruises

What It Is: The German-owned, but solidly British cruise line calls at Cuba several times a year, as part of Caribbean cruises departing from Jamaica.

Itinerary: Thomson Dream includes an overnight in Havana as part of its Cuban Fusion cruise; it visits several times a season. It does not call at any other Cuban port.

American Friendly? Thomson only sells cruises in the U.K., so it's unlikely that U.S. passengers will be on the cruise. The company says that Americans can come if they can procure their own visas, but the nature of the sailing is not ideal for a people-to-people tour, preventing most U.S. citizens from hopping onboard.

Who Will Like It: Thomson is a very "British" cruise, so expect British touches (Marmite at breakfast, kettles in rooms, lots of tea and curry, etc.), so if you are an Anglophile, you'll feel right at home.

Who Won't: If you like big shows and lots of entertainment, you should skip this one.


Noble Caledonia

What It Is: The British company operates small luxury ships, which offer a comfortable, informal environment.

Itinerary: Noble Caledonia has only one departure to Cuba a year, but it is the only cruise line apart from Celestyal Cruises that operates a true circumnavigation of the island, calling at Havana, Maria La Gorda, Isla de la Juventud, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

American Friendly? Again, if you're American and can finagle a visa, you're in; however, like the other British lines, the program is not people-to-people friendly.

Who Will Like It: Noble Caledonia sells almost exclusively to British passengers of a mature age, who are seeking an adventurous, culturally enriching cruise. You'll find a smattering of passengers from Australia and New Zealand, too. Most are couples, but there are also singles and groups of friends.

Who Won't: You will likely feel out of place if you are a family with young children or are looking for nightlife, Broadway-style entertainment or high-end spa treatments.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Santiago Conference on African and Afro-American Culture April 2018


XVII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
                                AFRICAN AND AFRO-AMERICAN CULTURE
                                                      SANTIAGO DE CUBA
                     Dedicated to: Africa and its influence on the countries of the region
                                                   From 12th to 16th of April 2018
The Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Centre, the Romulo Lachatañeré Chair of Afro-Caribbean Studies, the Provincial Directorate of Culture, the Directorate of   International Relations of the CAP, the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Oriente and the UNESCO Chair in Afro-Ibero American Studies of the University of Alcalá, have the pleasure of announce the XVII International Conference on African and African-American Culture, to be held in Santiago de Cuba from 12th to 16th of April 2018.

The event proposes to bond experts, scholars and people interested in African and African American issues, opening a space for reflection on the most urgent problems of the subject, from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Researchers from the social sciences, artists, doctors, filmmakers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, priests and practitioners of folk religions of African origin and the public in general are convened to establish a debate on the following topics:
I- GENERAL THEMES
        Pre-colonial Africa: social, political and economic structures.
        The Atlantic slave traffic. Its treatment in the current historiography. The slave and forms of manumission. Palenque and maroons.
         Africans attitude facing the trading.
        Colonial Africa. Major European establishments. Creation of countries and nationalities in Africa. Wars of Liberation. Africa's relationship with the world.
        The African contribution as a component of the national identity of the Americas people and the Caribbean for an acknowledgement of our historical subject.
        Diachrony and synchrony in linguistic, philosophical, historical and literary studies on Africa, Afro-America and Afro-Caribbean.
        Culture and identity within the African continent.
        Gender, race and cultural identity.
        Africans and Afrodescendant in the New World.
        Multiculturalism, acculturation and re-Africanization as current trends to provide treat the African component in the New World.
        The political and cultural relationship among Africa and the peoples of the Americas and the Caribbean.
        African religions and its contemporarily en the New World
        Contemporary African and American religions.
        The so called universal religions in Africa. Catholic, Protestants, Islamic, etc.
        Current situation of the African traditional religions in the continent.
        Africa in the twenty-first century. The current cultural problems of the continent.
        Historiography written by Africans.
II- WORKSHOPS
A- Workshop, "Color and Shape"
Dedicated to all manifestations of the visual arts where the African trace. Painters, sculptors, ceramists, engravers, photographers may participate and attend to theoretical works about the following topics:
        The African influence in the visual arts of the New World. Spheres of contacts and influence.
        The visual arts in the African continent.
        The artist's concept in Africa and America.
It may also participate with an exhibit of their work, with no more than three pieces, which will be displayed in a collective hall previously coordinated with the management of the event.
Registration regulations comply with the general regulations of the event.
B- Workshop "Images"
Dedicated to ethnological film and video, that collects the image and treatment given to the African influence on American culture, and to the African cinema.

Participants can show films, videos and present theoretical work on topics such as:
        Literature, film and video. Treatment of African descendants by the media.
        Ethnological video. Its contribution to the knowledge of African reality and its process of transculturation in the New World.
        Audiovisuals and cinema perspectives in Africa.
Audiovisuals reception will be until December 15th, 2017. Must include a thematic and technique summary of the play and the filmmakers data. Videos and other film materials may not exceed 30 minutes. The Committees decision is unappealable.

Registration regulations comply with the general regulations of the event.
C- Workshop "The Ancestral Rhythm"
Dedicated to music and dancing of African origin.
Choreographers, musicians, dancers, musicologists and scholars in general may participate; they will discuss the following topics:
        African music: history, evolution and current situation in the continent.
        The African influence in the music and dancing of the New World. Analogies, differences, changes and creation process towards the formation of the national music.
        The African element as a base for staging musical and dance works.
        Present times of the music and dancing in Africa.
Performances not exceeding 10 minutes, with no more than 4 dancers may be presented. In the case of groups that decide to participate in full, scenic areas of the city will be provided to perform, being understood that these functions are part of their exposure during the event and will not be charged.

Registration regulations comply with the general regulations of the event.
D - Workshop "Mask"
Dedicated to the theatre. The African influence, and the afrodescendant on stage, to a contemporary view.

Actors, theatre directors, set designers and students of theatre in general may participate; they can exchange experiences from the following topics under discussion:
        Presence of African elements in theatrical productions
        African descent on stage, both as subjects of history and as playwrights
        The theatre in Africa.
        African literature and its theatrical representation.
In the case of groups that decide to participate in full, they will be provided scenic areas of the city to perform, being understood that these functions are part of their exposure in the event, and will not be charged. Registration regulations are those general regulations of the event. In the case of theatre groups who wish to participate and prior coordination with the management of the event, a special registration fee may be established per group.
III- SYMPOSIUM: Medicine and Culture
A space dedicated to the relationships established between the medical sciences and disciplines of social sciences from the practice of the Cuban internationalist medicine and other health agencies, which also set intercultural contacts through the medical channel. A space dedicated to the medicine doctors, where they can present their experiences, both in the field of medicine, with works of their specialty and the challenges experienced  due to the cultural shock.

Papers could be presented on: 
        Traditional African medicine. Its evolution and relationship with others in the New World 
        Tropical Medicine in Africa and Afro-America 
        Homeopathic medicine.
        The Cuban medical experience in Africa. Relations among medicine and culture 
        Doctors without Borders and other similar organisations in their practice of medicine and culture 
        The World Health Organization and its role in Africa.
        Medicine, medical policies and human relationships.
        Endemic diseases in Africa and America.
        Disease and ethnicity.
        Epidemics, viruses and control of the spread of disease 
IVº- GENERAL RULES OF PARTICIPATION

A- Reception of dissertations and communications
The papers should provide general information includding: title, full name of the author or authors, scientific degree, educational category, institution and country of origin, address, phone, fax, e-mail.
The papers may not have more than two authors and they may not appear in more than two publications.
The author or co-author who cannot attend the event will receive his diploma of speaker and a disc with the publication if he pays the registration fee.
In the case of the workshops, both theoretical works and photographs of art exhibitions, abstracts and records of filmic works and data of the exhibit must be submitted for inclusion in the Proceedings of the Conference.
They thesis may have a maximum length of 12 pages - if this length is exceeded, the paper will not be published - and 15 minutes of presentation. The papers will be published on a DVD, for which it must be delivered in digital format: double spacing, Arial 12 for the text and Arial 10 for bibliography and notes (the lastest will be placed at the end of the document and its extension does not count in the number of pages).
Papers will be accepted until 15 December 2017.
Only the papers that meet the above requirements will be published. The Organizing Committee is not responsible for the publication of the works that arrive after the deadlines provided as admission or do not meet the requirements of this announcement.
The verdict of the Scientific  Committee and the Editorial Department is unappealable and the it will be informed until the January 15th, 2018.
C-Workshops 
In the case of visual artists, they should send a short CV with no more than two pages and photographs of the exhibit they will present for inclusion in the Proceedings; also, playwrights and dancers will accompany the synopsis of their works, with a curriculum no more than one page; and if it is a group, information about its history no more than three pages
D- Tickets
The Organizing Committee is not responsible with the transportation from and to their provinces of origin.

E- Registration fee
Speakers and delegates: 200.00 CUC / MN
Students: 100.00 USD / MN
In the case of interested in participating during an specific moment of the event there will be a different fee coordinated with the direction of the event.
50.00 MN/CUC per workshop
30.00 MN/CUC per participation of one day during a work commission.
NOTA, THE PAYMENT IS IN CUCs, NO OTHER CURRENCY ALLOWED.


E- Accommodation 
There will be modules of affordable accommodations in hotels of the city, which may be requested through the Organizing Committee or the tour operator Paradiso Agency.
F- Languages
English, French and Spanish

G- Contacts
Dra. Marta E. Cordiés
Director: Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Centre
General Coordinator of the XVII Conference
Ave. Manduley No. 106 esq. A 5ta
Reparto Vista Alegre, Santiago de Cuba, CP: 90400
Telefax: (53-22) 642487
(53-22) 623893 (nights)
Lic. Maria Liduvina Bergues
Esp. / International Affairs
dayanet@sc.sc.rimed.cu
Lic. Martha Martinez Verges
President Scientific Committee
Dr. Luis Mancha
International coordinator
UNESCO Chair in Afroiberoamericanos Studies 
Professional Congress Organizer (PCO):
Paradiso
Commercial Specialist
Paradiso turismo cultural
Santiago de Cuba
Phone: 53 22 620214/654814
Note: Please send communications and acknowledgment through the three e-mail addresses to facilitate prompt communication.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Revised OFAC Travel FAQs (7/25/17)

UPDATED JULY 25, 2017
Department of the Treasury
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Frequently Asked Questions on President Trump’s Cuba Announcement

1. How will OFAC implement the changes to the Cuba sanctions program announced
by the President on June 16, 2017? Are the changes effective immediately?

OFAC will implement the Treasury-specific changes via amendments to its Cuban Assets
Control Regulations. The Department of Commerce will implement any necessary
changes via amendments to its Export Administration Regulations. OFAC expects to
issue its regulatory amendments in the coming months. The announced changes do not
take effect until the new regulations are issued.

2. What is individual people-to-people travel, and how does the President’s
announcement impact this travel authorization?

Individual people-to-people travel is educational travel that: (i) does not involve
academic study pursuant to a degree program; and (ii) does not take place under the
auspices of an organization that is subject to U.S. jurisdiction that sponsors such
exchanges to promote people-to-people contact. The President instructed Treasury to
issue regulations that will end individual people-to-people travel. The announced
changes do not take effect until the new regulations are issued.

3. Will group people-to-people travel still be authorized?

Yes. Group people-to-people travel is educational travel not involving academic study
pursuant to a degree program that takes place under the auspices of an organization that is
subject to U.S. jurisdiction that sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people
contact. Travelers utilizing this travel authorization must: (i) maintain a full-time
schedule of educational exchange activities that are intended to enhance contact with the
Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s
independence from Cuban authorities, and that will result in meaningful interaction
between the traveler and individuals in Cuba; and (ii) be accompanied by an employee,
consultant, or agent of the sponsoring organization, who will ensure that each traveler
maintains a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities. In addition, the
predominant portion of the activities engaged in by individual travelers must not be with
prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba or prohibited members of the Cuban
Communist Party (as defined in the regulations). Once OFAC issues the new regulations,
new individual people-to-people travel will not be authorized.

4. Will organizations subject to U.S. jurisdiction that sponsor exchanges to promote
people-to-people contact be required to apply to OFAC for a specific license?
No. To the extent that proposed travel falls within the scope of an existing general
license, including group people-to-people educational travel, persons subject to U.S.
jurisdiction may proceed with sponsoring such travel without applying to OFAC for a
specific license. It is OFAC’s policy not to grant applications for a specific license
authorizing transactions where a general license is applicable.

Once the State Department publishes its list of entities and subentities with which direct
transactions will not be authorized and OFAC issues its regulations, no new transactions,
including travel-related transactions, may be initiated with these identified entities and
subentities. Prior travel arrangements that may involve these entities or subentities will
still be authorized. See FAQ 8.

5. How do the changes announced by the President on June 16, 2017 affect individual
people-to-people travelers who have already begun making their travel
arrangements (such as purchasing flights, hotels, or rental cars)?

The announced changes do not take effect until OFAC issues new regulations. Provided
that the traveler has already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as
purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to the President’s announcement
on June 16, 2017, all additional travel-related transactions for that trip would also be
authorized, including if the trip occurs after OFAC issues new regulations, provided the
travel-related transactions are consistent with OFAC’s regulations as of June 16, 2017.
Once the State Department publishes its list of entities and subentities with which direct
transactions will not be authorized and OFAC issues its regulations, no new transactions
may be initiated with these identified entities and subentities. Prior travel arrangements
that may involve these entities or subentities will still be authorized. See FAQ 8.

6. How does the new policy impact other authorized travel to Cuba by persons subject
to U.S. jurisdiction?

The new policy will also impact certain categories of educational travel as well as travel
under support for the Cuban people, as set forth in the National Security Presidential
Memorandum signed by the President on June 16, 2017. In addition, following the
issuance of OFAC’s regulatory changes, travel-related transactions with prohibited
entities identified by the State Department will not be permitted, unless otherwise
authorized by OFAC. Guidance will accompany the issuance of the new regulations.

7. Will persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction be required to apply to OFAC for a specific
license to engage in Cuba-related travel and transactions consistent with the other
authorized categories of travel?

To the extent that proposed travel falls within the scope of an existing general license,
persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction may proceed with such travel without applying to
OFAC for a specific license. It is OFAC’s policy not to grant applications for a specific
license authorizing transactions where a general license is applicable. Once the State
Department publishes its list of entities and subentities with which direct transactions will
not be authorized and OFAC issues its regulations, no new transactions may be initiated
with these identified entities and subentities. Prior travel arrangements that may involve
these entities or subentities will still be authorized. See FAQ 8.

8. How do the changes announced by the President on June 16, 2017 affect authorized
travelers to Cuba whose travel arrangements may include direct transactions with
entities related to the Cuban military, intelligence, or security services that may be
implicated by the new Cuba policy?

The announced changes do not take effect until OFAC issues new regulations.
Consistent with the Administration’s interest to avoid negatively impacting Americans
for arranging lawful travel to Cuba, any travel-related arrangements that include direct
transactions with entities related to the Cuban military, intelligence, or security services
that may be implicated by the new Cuba policy will be permitted provided that those
travel arrangements were initiated prior to the State Department listing of the entity or
subentity. Once the State Department adds an entity or subentity to the list, new direct
financial transactions with the entity or subentity will not be permitted, unless authorized
by OFAC.

9. How do the changes announced by the President on June 16, 2017 affect companies
subject to U.S. jurisdiction that are already engaged in the Cuban market and that
may undertake direct transactions with entities related to the Cuban military,
intelligence, or security services that may be implicated by the new Cuba policy?

The announced changes do not take effect until OFAC issues new regulations.
Consistent with the Administration’s interest in not negatively impacting American
businesses for engaging in lawful commercial opportunities, Cuba-related commercial
engagement that includes direct transactions with entities and subentities related to the
Cuban military, intelligence, or security services that may be implicated by the new Cuba
policy will be permitted after the issuance of new regulations by OFAC, provided that
those commercial engagements were in place prior to the issuance of the forthcoming
regulations. For example, businesses will be permitted to continue with transactions
outlined in contingent or other types of contractual arrangements agreed to prior to the
issuance of the new regulations, consistent with other CACR authorizations.

10. Does the new policy affect the means by which persons subject to U.S jurisdiction
may purchase airline tickets for authorized travel to Cuba?

No. The new policy will not change the means by which persons subject to U.S.
jurisdiction traveling to Cuba pursuant to the 12 categories of authorized travel may
purchase their airline tickets.

11. Can I continue to send authorized remittances to Cuba?

Yes. The announced policy changes will not change the authorizations for sending
remittances to Cuba. Additionally, the announced changes include an exception that will
allow for transactions incidental to the sending, processing, and receipt of authorized
remittances to the extent they would otherwise be restricted by the new policy limiting
transactions with certain identified Cuban military, intelligence, or security services. However, consistent with the President’s policy announcement, changes will be made to the definition of prohibited members of Government of Cuba that may exclude certain persons from receipt of such remittances.

12. How will the new policy impact existing OFAC specific licenses?

The forthcoming regulations will be prospective and thus will not affect authorized
transactions under existing specific licenses, unless explicitly noted.

13. How will U.S. companies know if a Cuban counterpart is affiliated with a prohibited
entity or subentity in Cuba?

The State Department will be publishing a list of entities and subentities with which
direct transactions generally will not be permitted. Guidance will accompany the
issuance of the new regulations. The announced changes do not take effect until the new
regulations are issued.

14. Is authorized travel by cruise ship or passenger vessel to Cuba impacted by the new
Cuba policy?

Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction will still be able to engage in authorized travel to
Cuba by cruise ship or passenger vessel.

Following the issuance of OFAC’s regulatory changes, travel-related transactions with
prohibited entities and subentities identified by the State Department generally will not be
permitted. Guidance will accompany the issuance of the new regulations.

For more information on the National Security Presidential Memorandum visit:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/06/16/fact-sheet-cuba-policy.

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_20170725.pdf