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Traveling to Cuba as a EU-Citizen with a J-1 Visa

Old May 14, 17, 12:02 pm
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Traveling to Cuba as a EU-Citizen with a J-1 Visa

Hey,

I'm a EU-Citizen(Germany) and live in Alabama for an Internship at the moment. My holidays will be at the end of Juni and i would love to travel to Cuba.
I own a J-1 Visa and now I'm wondering if I'm allowed to travel to Cuba, legally.

Do any of you already have experience with that? I would be glad to get an advice
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Old May 14, 17, 1:21 pm
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Hey,

I'm a EU-Citizen(Germany) and live in Alabama for an Internship at the moment. My holidays will be at the end of Juni and i would love to travel to Cuba.
I own a J-1 Visa and now I'm wondering if I'm allowed to travel to Cuba, legally.

Do any of you already have experience with that? I would be glad to get an advice
You are subject to US law regarding travel to Cuba, which means that, like all US passport holders leaving from a US airport/port, you must sign an OFAC declaration (US gov't), picking one of the 12 reasons/excuses for travel (one of which is NOT tourism).
There is a lot of information on this situation on various travel forums for Cuba. No one has reported a problem, although you may be asked the purpose of your trip on re-entry.
If your J-1 visa is OK for re-entry to the US, you should have no problem.

Cuban gov't requirements:
You will need a pink tourist card (purchased from the airline or its agent).
You will fill out a health form at the airport, to be handed in on arrival.
You will fill out a customs form at the airport, to be handed in on arrival.
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