Saturday, January 15

Cuba to be put back on the map

It has been almost 50 years since Cuba, the small communist island country off Americas southernmost tip was removed from our citizens vacation radar, but the fog is starting to clear.

President Obama has made a move to loosen some of the restrictions barring travel to Cuba for specific groups.

President Obama had already eased some of the long standing U.S. policies regarding travel to and from Cuba however under the current rules only Cuban Americans can travel to the island destination which has been involved in an embargo since the 1960's Kennedy administration.

U.S. citizens will be able to send up to $500 per quarter to Cuban citizens, the only restriction there will be that the recipient can not be a ranking official in the Cuban communist party.

The travel restriction have been adjusted for American Students and religious/cultural groups and organisations that have been granted special licenses for travel.

Unfortunately the travel restrictions for ordinary American Citizens has not been lifted, but the regulations have at least stepped back to the Clintonian pre "W" level.

Who would make plans to visit Cuba if the embargo ended tomorrow and how far out would your trip be? Days if not less, 1 month, 3 months, 1 year?

You can read the Official Release here

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  1. "President Obama had already eased some of the long standing U.S. policies regarding travel to and from Cuba " I hope this will be for everything soon and not word "some" but word "all"!

    Great blog by the way!

  2. Zee - I have to agree, it is time for "all" to be substituted for "some" and the restrictions on travel and commerce lifted. I hope to see this happen before the end of the current term. If the restrictions are not lifted during this term and President Obama is not reelected, I doubt that we would see any further changes to the Cuban policies as they exist today for many years to come.

    Thanks for the compliment by the way!


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