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#1

There has been some confusion with some passengers thinking they have to pay for an expensive excursion or they won’t be allowed to go ashore in Cuba. This is false and the following provides the official rules.
Thanks to rederob/justRobme for finding this info.

This link is to the certification form:
Has been changed. Read a bit farther down the thread.


#2

Thanks for posting Spunky and to Rob for the research-very helpful!


#3

Here’s the form for AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES
http://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Azamara/Regulations/Cuba_Guest_Cert_Final_Nov_16_2017


#4

RCC link update today. Thanks to CubaJack:


#5

Holland America rules

Updated below, see August 20, 2018
Thanks cubajack.


#6

Carnival procedures and affidavit,
Thanks to RobMe/rederob:
Checklist -https://www.carnival.com/~/media/CCLUS/PDFs/OnlineCheckIn/Cuba_Checklist%20F%20pdf.ashx

Carnival’s affidavit -
https://www.carnival.com/~/media/CCLUS/PDFs/OnlineCheckIn/Guest-Affidavit-0413%20pdf


#7

Here is the affidavit used by Norwegian Cruise Lines:
https://www.ncl.com/ca/en/sdncl/sdsecure/dforce/CubaTravelAffidavit/PSTravelAffidavit

Choosing #515.574 Support for the Cuban people is what many will elect if preferring to arrange inexpensive local tours or just walking about.


#8

Here is the MSC info:
2. Re: msc cruise from miami to cuba
Jul. 31, 2018, 4:16 a.m.
MSC advises:

Your affidavit will be included with your e-tickets. Each guest 18 years of age and older is required to print, fill-in, and sign prior to arriving to the port. It is important that each and every guest fills out this form. The form is required per person, not per family. A parent or guardian may complete the form for each guest 17 years of age and younger.

From MSC’s website:

Listed below are the 12 general authorized license categories as defined by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Guests who are not participating in MSC Cruises people-to-people educational exchange program plan must participate in at least one of the following activities falling within the general authorized license categories provided by OFAC.

All guests will be required to complete and sign the “Guest Certification for Authorized U.S. travel to Cuba” form prior to boarding the vessel and declaring that their travel falls under one of the below categories or that they are authorized to travel to Cuba under a specific license issued by OFAC (license number and a copy of the license will be required). This Guest Certification form can be found on MSCCubaProgram.com.

Family visits

Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations

Journalistic activity

Professional research and professional meetings

Educational activities

Religious activities

Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions

Support for the Cuban people

Humanitarian projects

Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes

Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials

Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing Department of Commerce regulations and guidelines with respect to Cuba or engaged in by U.S.-owned or -controlled foreign firmsListed below are the 12 general authorized license categories as defined by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Guests who are not participating in MSC Cruises people-to-people educational exchange program plan must participate in at least one of the following activities falling within the general authorized license categories provided by OFAC.

Choose “Support for the Cuban People” on the affidavit you will receive with your e-ticket so you can direct your own tours, taxis, and visits to local attractions, restaurants, museums, or wherever you decide.

and, the official website is:

https:/…MSC-Cruises-Cuba-Program.aspx


#9

That one seems to have changed. Here is the new link:
https://www.hollandamerica.com/content/dam/hal/marketing-assets/manage-my-cruise-already-booked/Cuba-Affidavit.pdf