Beginning September 24, 2020, travel for professional conferences and meeting is no longer authorized without a specific license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Approval must be obtained by all UF travelers to Cuba prior to departure for UF-business purposes. Please contact the Export Control Officer  for further information.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulates travel, export, financial transactions, and imports, to and from Cuba through the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR).  After recent amendment, effective September 24, 2020, travel to Cuba, or the support there of, for professional meetings or conferences is no longer authorized without a specific license from OFAC.

All UF travelers are responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with U.S. travel restrictions and requirements. Therefore, all UF travelers to Cuba must consult and receive pre-travel approval from UF Research Integrity (UFRI). To receive approval, all travelers must complete and submit the UF Cuba Travel form.

In addition, if traveling to Cuba for a permitted purpose, you may only take the following approved items to Cuba, without the need for further consultation or permission:

1.     Personal laptops and mobile devices as long as they are standard-issue, commercially available devices that do not contain (a) any export controlled information, data, or software or (b) specialized encryption software;

2.     Personal effects for your use (including clothes, toiletries, medical supplies, food).

Any UF-owned property that will be transported outside the U.S. must receive authorization prior to travel. The person traveling or shipping the item is ultimately responsible for ensuring a MyAssests request has been submitted and approved prior to travel. In order to ensure compliance with the proper policies and procedures outlined above, please see the UF Directive Statement establishing the proper methods for completing a Foreign Travel or Shipment Request.

When planning travel to Cuba, please consult the Cuba Prohibited Accommodations List (CPA) prior to booking travel.  Recent updates now prohibit any persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction from lodging, paying for lodging, or reserving lodging, on behalf of a third party from an entity listed on the CPA.

If importing any research samples or other items into the United States from Cuba, please consult UFRI during the planning of travel.  Imports from Cuba are also regulated under the CACR and may require a specific license.

In no circumstance may you bring items to Cuba that qualify as defense articles controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

For additional information on these changes, please see the FAQ section for Cuban Sanctions on the U.S. Department of Treasury website.

Please feel free to contact UF Research Integrity at exportcontrol@research.ufl.edu or by phone at 352.392.9174.