We now have the details for missions travel to Cuba:
● There is no longer a specific license or permit necessary for Christian organizations and church groups to travel to Cuba.
● Members and staff of religious organizations are allowed to travel to Cuba as long as they are engaged in a full-time program of religious activities. (Meaning, you can’t fly down for tourist purposes and then attend church just on Sunday!)
● Each traveler must carry with them a letter on the religious group’s official letterhead stating that 1) the traveler is a member of that group and is traveling to Cuba under the auspices of the organization, and 2) that he or she is involved in a full-time program of activities while ministering in Cuba.
● The letter must be signed by a “designated representative” of the organization, which means “the official responsible for overseeing the organization’s Cuba travel program.”
● Your group may take down as much money as is necessary for your activities. No special license or permit is needed. OFAC’s summary of the policy changes states that “unlimited remittances” are approved to Cuban religious organizations for the purpose of religious activities.
If you are inclined to slog through the legalese (as I was), you can find the complete text of the policy changes here.
May God bless you as you pursue His call to minister in Cuba. If you are looking for a Cuban church or denomination to connect with, please contact me.