New Rules for Travel to Cuba Go Into Effect Friday

By Paul Riegler on 15 January 2015
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DSC_0069The United States announced sweeping new changes in its policies on travel to Cuba on Thursday, expanding options for U.S. citizens to visit the country.

The move follows an announcement last month by President Barack Obama promising to loosen restrictions on dealings with the communist-ruled island after decades of hostilities between the two countries.

While the U.S. embargo on Cuba can only be lifted by an act of Congress, new rules issued by the Treasury and Commerce departments, which go info effect on Friday, will allow expanded travel by Americans as well as U.S. exports of agricultural, construction, and telecommunications equipment.

While general tourism will still be forbidden, the new rules allow Americans to visit the island for a variety of reasons, one dozen in all, including for religious and educational purposes as well as for family visits.  Those traveling for these reasons will no longer be required to obtain a special license from the U.S. government.

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