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Tuesday,  June 18, 2024 9:57 PM 

New U.S. policies on Cuba travel in effect

New U.S. policies on Cuba travel in effect

Relaxed U.S. restrictions on travel to Cuba came into effect today, one month after the historic announcement regarding the easing of relations between the two countries.

Under the new policy, 12 forms of travel – excluding tourism – will be available to U.S. citizens without a special licence as was previously required. According to a list provided by the American Society of Travel Agents, those include:

- family visits;

- official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations;

- journalistic activity;

- professional research and professional meetings;

- educational activities;

- religious activities;

- public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions;

- support for the Cuban people;

- humanitarian projects;

- activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes;

- exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials;

- certain authorized export transactions.

While the U.S. embargo against Cuba remains in place, Americans travelling to the country will also be permitted to return home with ‘merchandise with a value not to exceed $400 per person, provided that no more than $100 of the merchandise consists of alcohol or tobacco products and the merchandise is imported for personal use only,’ said ASTA.