HAVANA TIMES — The US Treasury Department is implementing new measures that impede the “People to People Program,” established under President Barack Obama in 2011 to facilitate travel between that country and Cuba.
According to the Prensa Latina news agency, new bureaucratic measures complicated the renewal of licenses issued to travel agencies last year. Likewise, application forms for the authorization to operate trips to the island increased from six pages to hundreds of pages.
The Detroit Free Press revealed that many of the trips that are announced by the various entities that sponsor trips to Cuba are on hold or have been canceled since many programs and travel agencies haven’t been able to renew their licenses.
The US newspaper cited the example of tours by Harvard Alumni, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Geographic, Cuba Insight and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which all remain on hold.