“People to People” Travel
People to People travel is a unique program and currently one of the only legal ways to visit Cuba. This program was implemented by President Obama and it allows tour operators to receive a license, issued by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to run programs to Cuba. All People to People programs must include a full schedule of educational activities that allow Americans to meet and interact with local Cubans. It is designed as a unique educational experience, rather than being tourist oriented. You will see a range of arts organizations, schools, and projects on this program which will both allow you to interact with ordinary Cubans and gain a wider experience of Cuba’s culture, seeing things many tourists never do.
Why are you offering travel to Cuba?
Cuba is a fascinating country with a rich culture and heritage. Latour is a long established tour operator for travel to South and Central American markets. We are very happy that we are now able to offer this exciting destination to our customers.
Can I travel to Cuba without a group?
No, currently all travel to Cuba is done in groups. We are not currently able to offer individual travel to Cuba.
What kinds of programs are you offering to Cuba?
We are currently offering a general interest program to Cuba, as well as Jewish Heritage and LGBT interest programs.
How am I able to travel to Cuba?
Our programs to Cuba are legal as we operate under a license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). We operate under the General People to People license to run these special programs.
What is OFAC?
OFAC is the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. It oversees the issuance of licenses for travel to Cuba and enforces sanctions passed by Congress that are a part of American foreign policy and national security. Because these are economic and trade restrictions, all Cuba related travel is handled by OFAC. OFAC has given us a license to operate People to People educational exchange programs to Cuba.
Can I travel to Cuba with my children under 15?
We are only accepting children at least 15 years old on these programs.
Do I need a visa to travel to Cuba?
You are required to travel on a visa, also known as a Tourist Card. Latour will arrange a visa for you after your trip is booked. We will mail your visa and other travel documents before the group departs.
What documents do I need to travel to Cuba?
You will need a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return date. In addition, your airline tickets and your Cuban visa.
Will Cuban immigration stamp my passport?
The policy of the Cuban government is to not stamp the passport of Americans entering Cuba. If you want your passport stamped as a souvenir, you may request it from the immigration officer.
When I return to the U.S., what do I write on my immigration form?
You can write that you traveled to Cuba on your customs declaration form, just like you would when returning from any other country.
Can I spend U.S. Dollars in Cuba?
U.S. dollars and credit cards cannot currently be used in Cuba. You will not have access to any American bank accounts.
Will my cell phone work in Cuba?
Your American cell phone will not have any network signal while it is in Cuba. If your smart phone is unlocked, you can purchase a SIM card upon arrival in Cuba. Your smart phone can connect to the hotels’ WiFi in Havana but will not be working anywhere else in the country. There is no WiFi in Cienfuegos or Santa Clara.
Will I be able to explore Cuba on my own?
During the day, you are required to attend all activities, meals and events relating to the program. In the evenings, you can explore on your own.
Who are your guides in Cuba?
We use prescreened, handpicked licensed English speaking guides in Cuba.
Are there any precautions I should take when traveling?
No, other than normal safety precautions taken when traveling anywhere.
How are Americans received in Cuba?
Americans are generally well liked in Cuba. Many Cubans have American relatives. Most Cubans are friendly and happy to converse with visitors.
Is Cuba a friendly destination for LGBT people?
Popular opinion toward LGBT people is changing rapidly in Cuba and the country has a vibrant LGBT community.
Is Cuba a safe destination for women?
Cuba is extremely safe for female travelers and women can generally come and go as they please without being worried. We do recommend our travelers exercise their good judgment and travel with a friend if you will be out very late at night.
How do I fly to Cuba?
Multiple us carriers offer daily nonstop flights to Cuba from major gate ways throughout the US. These flights can be purchased on the internet or your local travel agent.
Can I pay for my flights with frequent flyer miles?
You will need to contact your preferred carrier for their policy regarding frequent flyer programs.