31 CFR 515.560 - Travel-related transactions to, from, and within Cuba by persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

§ 515.560 Travel-related transactions to, from, and within Cuba by persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

(a) The travel-related transactions listed in paragraph (c) of this section may be authorized either by a general license or on a case-by-case basis by a specific license for travel related to the following activities (see the referenced sections for the applicable general and specific licensing criteria):

(1) Family visits (see § 515.561);

(2) Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations (see § 515.562);

(3) Journalistic activity (see § 515.563);

(4) Professional research and professional meetings (see § 515.564);

(5) Educational activities (see § 515.565);

(6) Religious activities (see § 515.566);

(7) Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions (see § 515.567);

(8) Support for the Cuban people (see § 515.574);

(9) Humanitarian projects (see § 515.575);

(10) Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes (see § 515.576);

(11) Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials (see § 515.545); and

(12) 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 firms (see §§ 515.533 and 515.559).

(b) Effective October 28, 2000, no specific licenses will be issued authorizing the travel-related transactions in paragraph (c) of this section in connection with activities other than those referenced in paragraph (a) of this section.

(c) Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, persons generally or specifically licensed under this part to engage in transactions in connection with travel to, from, and within Cuba may engage in the following transactions:

(1)Transportation to, from, and within Cuba; Cuban visas. All transportation-related transactions ordinarily incident to travel to, from, and within Cuba, including the acquisition of Cuban visas, are authorized.

(2)Living expenses in Cuba. All transactions ordinarily incident to travel within Cuba, including payment of living expenses and the acquisition in Cuba of goods for personal consumption there, are authorized.

(3)Importation of Cuban merchandise. The purchase or other acquisition in Cuba and importation as accompanied baggage into the United States of merchandise is authorized, provided that the merchandise is imported for personal use only. The importation of Cuban-origin information and informational materials is exempt from the prohibitions of this part, as described in § 515.206. The importation of certain other specified goods and services is authorized in §§ 515.544, 515.547, 515.569, 515.578, 515.582, and 515.585.

(4)Carrying remittances to Cuba. The carrying to Cuba of any remittances that the licensed traveler is authorized to remit pursuant to § 515.570 is authorized, provided that no emigration-related remittances authorized by § 515.570(e) are carried to Cuba unless a U.S. immigration visa has been issued for each payee and the licensed traveler can produce the visa recipients' full names, dates of birth, visa numbers, and visa dates of issuance.

(5)Processing certain financial instruments. All transactions incident to the processing and payment of credit cards, debit cards, stored value cards, checks, drafts, travelers' checks, and similar instruments used or negotiated in Cuba by any person authorized pursuant to this part to engage in financial transactions in Cuba are authorized. Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction may rely on the traveler with regard to compliance with this paragraph, provided that such persons do not know or have reason to know that a transaction is not authorized by this section.

Note to § 515.560(c)(5):

Please see § 515.584 for additional provisions related to the processing and payment of credit and debit card transactions.


(i)Opening and maintaining bank accounts. All transactions incident to the opening and maintenance of accounts, including the deposit of funds in such accounts by wire transfer, at a financial institution in Cuba are authorized, provided that such accounts are used only while the traveler is located in Cuba and for the purpose of accessing funds in Cuba for transactions authorized pursuant to, or exempt from, this part.

(ii)Closing bank accounts. All transactions incident to the closing of accounts opened pursuant to the authorization in paragraph (c)(6)(i) of this section are authorized, provided that any transfer of funds may only be effected by wire transfer to an account maintained at a depository institution, as defined in § 515.333, that is a person subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

Note to paragraph (c)(6):

Account(s) authorized by this general license may only be accessed while the account holder is located in Cuba for travel authorized pursuant to this part. The account(s) may not be accessed or utilized by the account holder unless the account holder is located in Cuba and is engaging in authorized transactions. The account(s) may be maintained but not accessed while the account holder is located outside of Cuba other than for the purpose of funding or closing the bank account as authorized in paragraph (c)(6).

(d) Nothing in paragraphs (c)(2), (c)(3), and (c)(6)(i) of this section authorizes a direct financial transaction prohibited by § 515.209 if the terms of the applicable general or specific license expressly exclude such a transaction.

(e) A blocked Cuban national permanently resident in Cuba who is departing the United States may carry currency as follows:

(1) The amount of any currency brought into the United States by the Cuban national and registered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon entry;

(2) Funds received as remittances pursuant to § 515.570 by the Cuban national during his or her stay in the United States; and

(3) Salaries or other compensation earned by the Cuban national up to any amount that can be substantiated through payment receipts as authorized in § 515.571(a)(5).

(e) [Reserved]

(f) Nothing in this section authorizes transactions in connection with tourist travel to Cuba.

Note 1 to § 515.560:

Each person relying on the general authorization in this section must retain specific records related to the authorized travel transactions. See §§ 501.601 and 501.602 of this chapter for applicable recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

Note 2 to § 515.560:

This section authorizes the provision of health insurance-, life insurance-, and travel insurance-related services to authorized travelers, as well as the receipt of emergency medical services and the making of payments related thereto.

Note 3 to § 515.560:

The export or reexport to Cuba of goods (including software) or technology subject to the Export Administration Regulations ( 15 CFR parts 730 through 774) may require separate authorization from the Department of Commerce.

[ 64 FR 25814, May 13, 1999, as amended at 66 FR 36688, July 12, 2001; 68 FR 14146, Mar. 24, 2003; 69 FR 33771, 33773, June 16, 2004; 74 FR 46006, Sept. 8, 2009; 76 FR 5074, Jan. 28, 2011; 80 FR 2295, Jan. 16, 2015; 80 FR 56922, Sept. 21, 2015; 81 FR 13992, Mar. 16, 2016; 81 FR 71376, Oct. 17, 2016; 82 FR 52000, Nov. 9, 2017]

This is a list of United States Code sections, Statutes at Large, Public Laws, and Presidential Documents, which provide rulemaking authority for this CFR Part.

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE

50a U.S. Code Rule - Designation of Act

50a U.S. Code Rule - Definitions

50a U.S. Code Rule - Acts prohibited

50a U.S. Code Rule - Licenses to enemy or ally of enemy insurance or reinsurance companies; change of name; doing business in United States

50a U.S. Code Rule - Suspension of provisions relating to ally of enemy; regulation of transactions in foreign exchange of gold or silver, property transfers, vested interests, enforcement and penalties

50a U.S. Code Rule - Alien Property Custodian; general powers and duties

50a U.S. Code Rule - Incurment of expenses by Office of Alien Property Custodian

50a U.S. Code Rule - Omitted

50a U.S. Code Rule - Lists of enemy or ally of enemy officers, directors or stockholders of corporations in United States; acts constituting trade...voluntary payment to custodian by holder; acts under order, rule, or regulation

50a U.S. Code Rule - Contracts, mortgages, or pledges against or with enemy or ally of enemy; abrogation of contracts; suspension of limitations

50a U.S. Code Rule - Claims to property transferred to custodian; notice of claim; filing; return of property; suits to recover; sale of claimed property in time of war or during national emergency

50a U.S. Code Rule - Acts permitted; applications for patents, or registration of trade-marks or copyrights; payment of tax in relation...against licensees; restraining infringements; powers of attorney; keeping secret inventions

50a U.S. Code Rule - Importations prohibited

50a U.S. Code Rule - Property transferred to Alien Property Custodian

50a U.S. Code Rule - Statements by masters of vessels and owners of cargoes before granting clearances

50a U.S. Code Rule - False manifest; refusal of clearance; reports of gold or silver coin in cargoes for export

50a U.S. Code Rule - Omitted

50a U.S. Code Rule - Offenses; punishment; forfeitures of property

50a U.S. Code Rule - Rules by district courts; appeals

50a U.S. Code Rule - Jurisdiction of courts of Philippines and Canal Zone of offenses

50a U.S. Code Rule - Print, newspaper or publication in foreign languages

50a U.S. Code Rule - Fees of agents, attorneys, or representatives

50a U.S. Code Rule - Claims of naturalized citizens as affected by expatriation

50a U.S. Code Rule - Fugitives from justice barred from recovery

50a U.S. Code Rule - Payment of income, etc., by Alien Property Custodian

50a U.S. Code Rule - Payment of taxes and expenses by Alien Property Custodian

50a U.S. Code Rule - Investments by Custodian in participating certificates issued by Secretary of the Treasury; transfers to and payments from German, Austrian or Hungarian special deposit accounts; allocation of payments

50a U.S. Code Rule - Allocation of “unallocated interest fund”

50a U.S. Code Rule - Return by Custodian, to United States, of payments under licenses, assignments or sales of patents

50a U.S. Code Rule - “Unallocated interest fund” defined

50a U.S. Code Rule - Waiver by Custodian of demand for property; acceptance of less amount; approval of Attorney General

50a U.S. Code Rule - Attachment or garnishment of funds or property held by Custodian

50a U.S. Code Rule - “Member of the former ruling family” defined

50a U.S. Code Rule - Return of property

50a U.S. Code Rule - Notice of claim; institution of suits; computation of time

50a U.S. Code Rule - Payment of debts

50a U.S. Code Rule - Hearings on claims; rules and regulations; delegation of powers

50a U.S. Code Rule - Taxes

50a U.S. Code Rule - Insurance of property

50a U.S. Code Rule - Shipment of relief supplies; definitions

50a U.S. Code Rule - Retention of properties or interests of Germany and Japan and their nationals; proceeds covered into Treasury; ex gratia payment to Switzerland

50a U.S. Code Rule - Intercustodial conflicts involving enemy property; authority of President to conclude; delegation of authority

50a U.S. Code Rule - Divestment of estates, trusts, insurance policies, annuities, remainders, pensions, workmen’s compensation and veterans’ benefits; exceptions; notice of divestment

50a U.S. Code Rule - Claims for proceeds from sale of certain certificates: jurisdiction, limitations; divestment of copyrights: “copyrights” defined,...interests, payment of royalties to Attorney General, suits for infringement

50a U.S. Code Rule - Divestment of trademarks

50a U.S. Code Rule - Motion picture prints, transfer of title

Statutes at Large
Presidential Documents

Executive Order ... 9193

Executive Order ... 9989

Executive Order ... 12854

Proclamation ... 3447

Title 31 published on 17-Nov-2018 03:48

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 31 CFR Part 515 after this date.

  • 2017-11-09; vol. 82 # 216 - Thursday, November 9, 2017
    1. 82 FR 51998 - Cuban Assets Control Regulations
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      31 CFR Part 515
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