How Do Revamped U.S. – Cuba Travel Regulations Affect You?


Flickr Alex Brown cuban cigar

U.S. ban on Cuban cigars may very well be O-V-E-R!

Last week, U.S. officials released a historical statement that Cuba was set to release 53 political prisoners.

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As the relationship between U.S. and Cuba seems to thaw, travel regulations between the two countries are also hugely affected. Especially for those who have always yearned to smoke a real Cuban cigar in its native land, we’re all observing the political situation with a watchful eye.

According to the US Department of Commerce, 170,000 authorized travelers visited Cuba in 2014. On Friday, U.S. officials announced that new travel and trade regulations were implemented.

Despite normal tourism is still banned for U.S. travelers to visit Cuba, these new regulations will allow U.S. citizens to travel to the island country in the Caribbean without having to obtain a special license from the government (which was always the case previously.)

Here are some new changes to the rules:

  • The ability to use U.S. credit and debit cards without limits on how much money U.S. citizens can spend in Cuba daily.
  • U.S. businesses can export technologies.
  • U.S. citizens can take home up to USD $100 worth of alcohol and tobacco from Cuba.
  • U.S. companies will also be able to easily export mobile phones and software to Cuba and provide internet service in the country.
  • An increase in U.S. investments in small business and agricultural operations.

Source: BBC. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.

What do you think of new travel regulations between U.S. & Cuba? Let us know in the comments.

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