I am a non-US citizen on a J1 visa doing an internship in the US. I would like to know if it's still possible for me to travel to Cuba, via Charter Flights in Miami, for example.

Am I subject to the same restrictions as US citizens? Could my re-entry be denied upon arrival from Havana?

  • Also, I am on a J1 visa. Could my re-entry be denied upon arrival from Havana?
    – Luffy
    Jun 21, 2013 at 1:11
  • Denied? Probably not but expect to have a rather long and painful reentry procedure.
    – Karlson
    Jun 21, 2013 at 11:05

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No, you're not subject to it - it's the US who has put an embargo on trips to Cuba for their citizens. However, you may have difficulty finding a flight there from the US, as commercial flights generally don't fly there.

I have heard of charter flights doing it, but the most common route is ex-Canada or Mexico - fly there first, then connect to a flight to Havana.

The issue here is many flight search engines (eg Kayak) won't show you flights there, but thankfully there are still other sites that can display available flights.

  • To be clear, US citizens and permanent residents are restricted by the embargo: treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/…
    – user27478
    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:33
  • J1 is an exchange student.
    – Karlson
    Jun 21, 2013 at 11:03
  • If you ever want to convert to a green card, it might not help your cause when they see a Cuba stamp in your passport. (Although I travelled to Cuba when I was living in Britain, and got a green card without problem.) Jun 22, 2013 at 21:22

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