Travelers must qualify for one of two licenses, or authorizations from the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), to travel to Cuba.
1) Specific license: Are issued only in certain cases to the traveler directly by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). JetBlue customers will need to provide the specific license number at time of booking.
2) General license: Most U.S. travelers will qualify for this license. A general license means travelers do not have to seek approval from the U.S. government before traveling to Cuba as long as they fall within OFAC’s 12 reasons for travel below.
For more information about on people-to-people travel and other general license categories, visit the OFAC FAQ page.
When you book a flight to Cuba on jetblue.com, you will be asked to select from one of these categories as a reason for travel:
1) I am a Cuban National and resident of Cuba
2) Educational activities, including people-to-people exchanges open to everyone
3) Professional research and professional meetings
4) Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions and exhibitions
5) Religious activities
6) Humanitarian projects
7) Journalistic activities
8) Family visits
9) Activities in Cuba by private foundations, or research or educational institutes
10) Support for the Cuban people
11) Exportation, importation, or transmission of information technologies or materials
12) Certain authorized export transactions including agricultural and medical products, and tools, equipment and construction supplies for private use
13) Official business of the US government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations
14) Specific license