The Only 12 Ways You Can Legally Travel to Cuba

Just last month, we saw the first nonstop flight from Kennedy Airport in New York to Havana, Cuba, since January, when President Obama announced an easing of travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. You’ve probably heard someone utter the words, “Now’s the time to go,” and perhaps the thought has crossed your own mind. But before you gets your hopes up that Cuba will be the next Tulum, let us point out that traditional tourism is still banned in the country.

The policy is for the most part the same as it was before January—your travel must fit into one of 12 categories outlined by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Cuba embargo remains in place. There is, however, one distinction. Now, instead of having to cut through the bureautcratic red tape to obtain a specialized license from the government, the OFAC has issued general licenses for authorized travel. Visitors to Cuba can effectively claim they’re traveling under of the 12 approved categories, and then book a flight.

So what types of travel are permitted? Keep reading to find out!