New Travel Restrictions on Cuba for US Citizens Take Effect

Legal travel to Cuba for US citizens took a blow on Tuesday with new restrictions from the Trump administration.
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HAVANA TIMES – New restrictions by US President Donald Trump on Cuba were formally announced on Tuesday, placing tighter limits on US citizens’ travel to the island, reported dpa news.

The measures, which come into effect after midnight, are meant to punish Cuba for what the US considers Havana’s “destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere.”

While Trump has long sought to reverse the loosening of sanctions on Cuba which were made under former president Barack Obama, and the administration has been angered by Havana’s support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in recent months.

The US has been supporting opposition leader Juan Guaido, who recently failed to oust Maduro after an attempted uprising.

The new measures by the Trump administration remove the authorization for group people-to-people educational travel. There are also restrictions on non-family and recreational travel to Cuba.

Journalistic and academic travel is largely unaffected.

Another key recent measure on Cuba was the lifting of a ban which had prohibited US citizens from suing foreign companies and individuals utilizing property confiscated from them by the Cuban government.

The latest raft of measures had been announced by national security adviser John Bolton in a speech back in April.

13 thoughts on “New Travel Restrictions on Cuba for US Citizens Take Effect

  • T he money tourist spend in Cuba is only a life line with foreign investment SECURED by property rights big money will flow into all segments of the economy. until Cuba change it s laws nothing will change and Cubans better prepare for another 60 years of the same!!!!!

  • Soy un americano viviendo en Cuba y tengo que decir que este observación no conforme con mis experiencias.
    La realidad es que hay muchas paladares y casas particulares. En inglés este se llama un “Market Economy” – capitalismo. Si queremos combiar el systema es más fácil de abajo que de para arriba. Ejemplos: Alemania de Este, Unión Soviética, China y Vietnam.

  • One of the Human Rights the US agreed to is “Freedom of Travel”. Forbidding US citizens the right to travel is in violation of this agreement.
    Like many US laws, we have contradictions. Without courts empowered to process this particular contradiction, we are left to decide for ourselves which law we will uphold, and which we may choose to abrogate.
    The State Department has a responsibility to warn US citizens of the dangers involved in international travel. We have the responsibility to study this information, analyze the risk and be accountable ourselves for the decisions we make.

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