Wow today was an adventure.... Trump has tightened the rules for Cuba travel. The main changes affecting travel are a prohibition on individual "people-to-people" trips (travelers will have to go as part of a licensed group tour); prohibition on transactions with companies controlled by the Cuban military (which controls as much as 80 percent of Cuba's tourism economy according to some estimates); and stepped-up audits of Cuba trips to ensure Americans are complying with existing rules.
So what does that mean? That means you need to make sure you book with a travel professional who ensures you are following the law. It also means that you can't just go to Cuba like you can any other country. Additionally, you have to keep a logbook of who you meet, where you go, on what date and for how long you were there. Yup full documentation! And you need to keep this for 5 years as you can be asked for this at any time.
The information below comes from the American Society of Travel Agents:
These changes are not yet in effect – the directive instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to begin the process of issuing new regulations within 30 days, with final regulations issued "in the coming months." Until then, the current rules apply. In terms of how this applies to trips paid for but not taken yet, an OFAC FAQ document says "Provided that the traveler has already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to the President's announcement...all additional travel-related transactions for that trip...would also be authorized."
The Department of Treasury has provided FAQs that are listed below. However, if you need help just ask! We can help make sure your travel to Cuba is legal!