UMN Cuba sanctions update

The U.S. Treasury Department has further relaxed its Cuba sanctions regulations in certain narrow respects, effective this morning. Perhaps most significantly, individuals may now travel to Cuba for full-time "people-to-people" educational activities without having to work through a government-authorized service provider. Please note, however, that the core, statutorily-imposed elements of U.S. sanctions--including the prohibition on travel for tourism purposes--remain in effect.

Today's regulatory changes don't materially affect our process for student, faculty, and staff travel to Cuba on University business. Travel to Cuba (and other sanctioned countries--Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria) must still be reviewed by my office, preferably as far in advance of the trip as possible. For more information on the types of professional and educational activities in Cuba that the Treasury Department regulations currently permit, I invite you to read here or contact me anytime.

J. Patrick Briscoe
Export Controls and International Projects Officer
University of Minnesota | Research Compliance Office

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