White House Tightens Cuba Embargo, Restricting Access to Hotels and Businesses

By Anna Breuer on 8 November 2017
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A Havana taxi driver

A Havana taxi driver

The Trump Administration on Wednesday followed through on a presidential memorandum promulgated in June to tighten the economic embargo on Cuba.

The move will restrict American citizens from accessing certain hotels and businesses that are tied to the Cuban intelligence or security services. The changes don’t necessarily limit Americans from visiting Cuba, given the number of commercial flights and hotels that are not on the list but Americans will have to use tour operators as intermediaries and tour guides will have to accompany them on trips.

The administration said that the new rules are intended to direct money and economic activity away from the Cuban military and security services and direct them towards privately controlled Cuban businesses such as individuals who rent rooms to visitors or serve meals in private homes.

The State Department issued a Cuba Restricted List, which includes dozens of hotels such as the recently-opened Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana. Individuals who have already booked and paid for trips are not affected by the changes.

Not on the list is Marriott’s Four Points Havana Hotel, which is owned by the Cuban government.

Other companies on the list include the rum companies Ron Caney and Ron Varadero and the Manzana de Gomez shopping mall, which is connected to the Kempinski Gran Manzana hotel.

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