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Travel to Cuba - General Information

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In Touch Travel Services has been licensed by The U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorizing us to organize and operate People to People programs to Cuba.

All programs under this license include a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities designed to promote meaningful interactions between Americans and Cubans. People to people travel is not tourist-oriented or self-directed but is a great experience to get in touch with real people, living how they live, visiting a wide scope of organizations, institutions, and community projects that provide a better understanding of the Cuban people. 

A few years ago the US Government implemented people-to-people educational travel, an initiative that allows Americans to travel to Cuba, using a specific license, issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s OFAC. Today it is possible to travel legally to Cuba under 12 categories of general licenses. In order to comply with OFAC rules for visiting Cuba, travelers should keep a travel journal as a record of the trip. This journal will serve as proof that you have traveled to Cuba for educational purposes and should be kept for a period of five years as proof of the educational nature of your trip. 

DOCUMENTATION REQUERIMENTS: U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Cuba. As authorized by the U.S. Government, In Touch Travel has made arrangements with the Charter for our passengers to receive the visa along with the flight ticket. We will provide each traveler with a written statement that cites the number of our license, confirming that the named traveler will be engaged in authorized educational exchange activities under our license and notifying of the traveler´s record keeping responsibilities. 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Depending on the season and the number of travelers in our group we have several options for accommodation. When lodging at hotels, we have selected first class hotels based on their location. When traveling to the countryside, we strongly recommend to stay at private homes because that is the best way to support the Cuban people in need.  Although the hotels are safe, clean and comfortable, we must say that hotels standards in Cuba differ from those in the U.S.  It’s important to keep in mind that visiting Cuba is not about the hotel stay; it’s about the opportunity and the unforgettable experience of exchanging and getting in touch with the Cuban people.

GENERAL INFO - SAFETY - WEATHER: Cuba is a very safe country.  We will be traveling in group and there are little reasons to worry about personal safety in the streets, hotels or other places we might visit. Like many other countries, pickpockets  and purse snatching exist that we should be aware of.  The weather in Cuba is humid and tropical. The warmest month of the year is July where the temperature is about 85° F. The coldest month of the year is January where the temperature during the day averages about 70° F. You may drink and smoke a lot in Cuba, but keep in mind that most goods of Cuban origin (e.g. cigars, rum, some artworks) may be confiscated at U.S. ports of entry. Items purchased “duty free” at Cuban Airports are not exempt from seizure by U.S. customs. However, after January 2015, Americans are allow to bring up to $400 value in goods from Cuba, including $100 in cigars and rum. Informational materials such as books, films, posters, photographs, tapes and CDs are exempt from regulation under the embargo and may be transported freely. You will find a lot of nice oil paintings from renowned painters at affordable prices. You may bring them to U.S.

CUSTOMIZED TRIPS:  If you have an special interest in visiting Cuba or you want to organize a customized tour, we are here to help. With our expertise and our contacts in Cuba we can arrange any detail for the trip of a lifetime. We can organize tours for Universities, Alumni Associations, Art Groups, Families, Travel Associations, Media Groups and Photographers... If you have a private plane, we can handle the permits to land in Cuba.

COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS: All itineraries provide a full time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interactions between you and individuals in Cuba. U.S. law requires that all persons who participate in this program adhere to this full time schedule, and imposes on In Touch Travel Services LLC the obligation to ensure such adherence.  Infrastructure in Cuba, especially in hotels, may not be sufficient to satisfy demand in certain periods. All the visits are subject to availability. When not possible to visit, appropriate alternate visits will be included. Please be flexible and understand that we will always do whatever we can to assure the best possible experience for all our Cuba travelers.

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Can I visit Cuba?

Yes, you can visit Cuba legally under one of 12 categories authorized by the US Department of the Treasury, although tourism in Cuba remains forbidden for Americans.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) lifted some of the travel restrictions to Cuba after January 2015. There are several tour organizers and Non Profit Organizations operating travel to Cuba under general License for People to People contact.  

In Touch Travel has been licensed to organize trips to Cuba since 2012. We have granted the specific license to travel to Cuba for certain educational exchanges not involving academic study pursuant to a degree program – 31 C.F.R. § 515.565(b)(2) from OFAC...

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Our packages to Cuba are all inclusive. Unlike other tour organizers, we include hotel, tours, meals...  You only need to bring your willingness to have a wonderful time when you travel to Cuba. 

The  Cuban Visa and the Departure Fee are payable to the charter are an extra charge of $85 and $25 respectively. 

Please note one or two drinks are included during lunch and dinner, depending on the venue. Extra drinks are on your own. Price for water is 1CUC, beers, mojitos, sodas, juices range from 1.5 to 3CUC. 

All prices, fees and deposits are per person and based in double occupancy. Depending on the tour, there is a single supplement for solo travelers 

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In Touch Travel Services has been licensed by The U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorizing us to organize and operate People to People programs to Cuba.

All programs under this license include a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities designed to promote meaningful interactions between Americans and Cubans. People to people travel is not tourist-oriented or self-directed but is a great experience to get in touch with real people, living how they live, visiting a wide scope of organizations, institutions, and community projects that provide a better understanding of the Cuban people. 

A few years ago the US Government implemented people-to-people educational travel, an initiative that allows Americans to travel to Cuba, using a specific license, issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s OFAC. Today it is possible to travel legally to Cuba under 12 categories of general licenses. In order to comply with OFAC rules for visiting Cuba, travelers should keep a travel journal as a record of the trip. This journal will serve as proof that you have traveled to Cuba for educational purposes and should be kept for a period of five years as proof of the educational nature of your trip. 

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Your home away from home – Private lodging in Cuba

By Laura Álvarez 

Here is a Caribbean island that is constantly reinventing itself, a place where its impressive sun can blaze, and yet, nurture.  Most foreign destinations wish to emulate our dazzling glow.  In Cuba, the course of events runs at an incredible speed; and like in other parts of the world, its economy permeates its social dynamics.  Private business initiative has sprung in an unusual, and at times, troubling fashion.  The public mindset, however, is still struggling with its memories of the ban on private property that was imposed many years ago.  Notwithstanding, the economic crisis that befell Cuba in the nineties accelerated a shift in favor of private enterprise as a way to satisfy household shortages.  In this context, informal home rentals to foreigners began to proliferate.  But this business model was also helping to foster a sort of “sex tourism,” since the formal hotel sector was out of bounds for locals.  Up until then, international tourism had not been promoted, but the growing numbers of foreign visitors that followed the collapse of the Eastern European socialist community encouraged an increasing number of Cubans to rent their homes as a means to bolster their personal income.          

In 1997, the lease of private homes was legalized; however, excessive taxation drove many of the initial micro entrepreneurs to bankruptcy, and only the most established operations managed to stay in business.   This result was also attributed to a lack of expertise and experience among these proprietors, as well as a poor foresight by the Cuban State that had failed to develop an infrastructure in support of its private sector as a sustainable source of living for Cubans and a steady generator of foreign-exchange streams.

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Faces of Cuba Today

by Gary Topper

Born and raised in Los Angeles, I first started traveling with camera in hand at the age of 21, on a 7 month solo journey around the world. This was in the early 60’s when tourism had not really reached most of the planet.  The opportunity to see a multitude of cultures sparked a lifelong interest in travel and photography, documenting a mysterious world few had seen.  The passion to find places both spiritual and secular led to years of continuous travel, including this recent journey to Cuba in January 2015.  

Several years ago I joined the Marin Photo Club, where I met a community of wonderful photographers, who were open to sharing their knowledge and expertise.  The stimulation of exploring a shared interest with like-minded colleagues has continued to refine my “shutter eye”.   Recently awarded the Best Color Photograph at the 2015 Marin County Fair and Best in Show photograph by the Mill Valley photography studio, The Image Flow, my enthusiasm and excitement for photography has fueled a driving passion to capture “moments in time” in a rapidly changing world.

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Organic Farming in Cuba

By Loly García de León and Yunior Crespo

In 2014 Tripadvisor included Cuba among the first 10 places of major increase as world tourist destination.  Moreover, after the announcements made by US President Barack Obama to lift some of the travelling limitations for American citizens to visit the island, Cuba has boomed in 2015 as a cultural and educational destination.

Due to a world trend for good feeding habits and also as part of the concern for the environment, a culture for ecologic agriculture and consumption of organic produce, mainly vegetables and legumes, is growing in Cuba.

An important precedent of organic farming in Cuba has been the coffee plantations located in the mountains of Guantánamo and Baracoa since 1900, where the Altoserra company grows gourmet quality coffee exported mainly to Japan and some European countries.

Among the attractions offered by the major companies especialized in educational and cultural people-to-people trips are the guided visits to the ecological farms “La Yoandra” in Havana and “Paraiso” in Viñales.

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Why to Travel In Touch with Cuba?

  • Americans can visit Cuba legally
  • Licensed people to people tours
  • Experience the real Cuban People
  • In Touch Travel is based in Miami, FL
  • Tours departing every Thursday
  • Check in assistance at Miami Airport
  • Professional Tour Directors in Cuba
  • It's Fun and Legal to Travel to Cuba 
  • Delicious Cuban food 
  • Best restaurants in Havana  
  • Fantastic party with a Cuban family
  • Lot of fun and cultural activities
  • Visit the countryside of Cuba
  • Exclusive educational activities
  • Learn about UNESCO World Heritage
  • More than 4 years of experience
  • Weekend tours in Havana
  • 9 days tours in 4 cities
  • Tours for professional photographers
  • Luxury tours in private planes
  • Customized trips for artists 
  • Special tours for colleges 
  • Experts in Cuban topics
  • Real support to the Cuban people

About us

In Touch Travel was founded in 2012 in Hartford, CT by Elme Castillo who is actually the president and one of the tour directors of the company.

We have been licensed by OFAC Department of Treasury to organize trips to Cuba under the people to people program and we have brought lot of Americans to visit the big island during 4 years. Our Cuban tour leaders, expertise, relations and contacts in Cuba make us an unrivaled tour company to count on when planning your trip.

In 2016 we have opened our new office in Miami where you are welcome to visit us.

Contact us

Polimita Cuba Travel LLC
dba In Touch Travel

4401 W Flagler Street. Suite 2 

Coral Gables - FL - 33143

+1 855.546.2822

+1 860.819.3737

Mon-Fri: 9:00AM - 6.00PM
Sat:       9:30AM - 1:00PM

Downloads

> Required Paperwork

> OFAC General License 

> FAQs on Cuban Topics

> Application for Travel Insurance

> Itinerary 90 Miles Weekend

> Itinerary Soul of Havana

> Itinerary Colonial Heritage

POLIMITA CUBA TRAVEL LLC dba IN TOUCH TRAVEL is Registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel. Registration No. ST40093.