U.S. Announces New Restrictions on Visits to Cuba

By Paul Riegler on 4 June 2019
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IMG_5849 (1)New restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens go into effect Wednesday, including a ban on the most common type of trip most Americans take.

On Tuesday, the Treasury Department said it will not permit group educational and cultural trips – known as “people to people” trips – to the island unless they were booked before June 5. The agency said that it will also no longer permit cruises, private yachts, or fishing vessels to visit the island nation.

Cruises and group people-to-people trips are used by thousands of Americans each year on trips to Cuba. Cruise lines including Carnival and Royal Caribbean operate dozens of trips to Cuba.

“Cuba continues to play a destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law, and suppressing democratic processes,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement on Tuesday explaining the change.

Current U.S. travel regulations to Cuba have been in place largely unchanged since 1963, although President Obama loosened the restrictions somewhat in 2015.

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