Cuba Travel Restrictions: An Overview of Limits on Travel to Cuba Applicable to U.S. Educational Institutions (2015)

Following the recent broadening of diplomatic dialogue between the United States and Cuba, IIE has launched a Cuba Higher Education Initiative. As part of our aim to expand academic collaboration between the United States and Cuba and to help U.S. higher education institutions build sustainable partnerships with institutions in Cuba, we are providing this briefing paper on travel limits to Cuba applicable to U.S. educational institutions. This paper was prepared by Nicholas Townsend, Counsel in Arnold & Porter LLP’s National Security and Public Policy practices.

Nicholas Townsend is a Counsel in Arnold & Porter LLP’s National Security and Public Policy practices. Mr. Townsend’s national security expertise is in international trade sanctions, U.S. export controls, and cybersecurity. He advises U.S. and foreign companies and educational institutions on compliance with US and international financial sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, and other countries. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan. He can be contacted at

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Areas covered include:

  1. Prohibition
  2. Travel Authorizations
  3. Travel-Related Transactions
  4. Tourism Ban
  5. Method of Payment
  6. Recordkeeping
  7. Exports