A large ferry is docked at the waterfront with multistory buildings in the background.

U.S. Law and Travel to Cuba in 2010

Most Americans harbor the false impression that it’s illegal for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba; it’s not, it’s merely illegal to spend money there, or to do so in pursuit of travel. The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutional right of unrestricted travel; thus the U.S. government invokes the 1916 Trading with the Enemy Act to prohibit travelers from trading with Cuba.