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The Cuba Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to the development of multiple and multifaceted initiatives that foster production and dissemination of knowledge of Cuba, based on professional collaboration between the members of the faculty, staff and students of the University with colleagues in Cuba. Based on CACR § 515.560, the following travel purposes may be authorized by OFAC under the CACR:

  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)

Please Note: When traveling to Cuba, certain University faculty have substantial expertise that can be utilized by the broader UNC-Chapel Hill community to assist travelers with the logistical and cultural complexities of Cuba. The Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) houses the following faculty experts who can provide extensive guidance on UNC activities in Cuba:

  • Louis A. Pérez, Jr. has over 25 years of experience in traveling to Cuba for the purposes of conducting research in the humanities and has published numerous research articles and books on the history and culture of the Cuban people. Please contact Dr. Pérez with any questions having to do with traveling to Cuba or ISA.
  • Beatriz Riefkohl Muñiz has over two decades of working with universities to strengthen Latin American studies. At ISA, she advises students on academic and funding opportunities, manages and develops grant and endowment programs and oversees the activities of the UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Please contact Executive Director Riefkohl Muñiz with any questions having to do with traveling to Cuba or ISA.

If you plan to travel to Cuba and are taking any technology or software other than a standard University laptop, please contact the Export Compliance Office prior to leaving the United States.

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