Has The Ban On Traveling To Cuba Been Completely Lifted?
No, the ban has not been completely lifted. But it has been opened up to expand on President Obama’s 2009 decision to allow Americans to travel to Cuba to visit close relatives. This new policy will also allow Americans to visit Cuba for humanitarian endeavors, educational opportunities and some work-related activities.
The newly revised travel restrictions allow for individuals to apply for general travel licenses for the following reasons:
- Public Performances
- Family Visits
- Telecommunications Development
- Athletic Competitions
- Cuban Humanitarian Work
- Government Work
- Religious Activities
- Private Foundations
- The Export Of Authorized Goods
Will American Currency Be Usable In Cuba?
Yes, American currency has always been exchangeable in Cuba. But now for the first time since the 1960’s, U.S. credit cards will be accepted on Cuban soil. American debit cards are also now usable in Cuba.
Will People Be Able To Bring Goods Back To The U.S.?
Yes, travelers who go through the appropriate legal channels to obtain a Cuban travel license will be allowed to bring up to $400 worth of goods back to the States with them. Included within the $400 restriction, travelers will find a $100 limit on all tobacco and alcohol products. This means Americans will finally be able to legally bring Cuban rum and cigars back to the States. Any tobacco or alcohol products imported from Cuba must be for personal use and cannot be sold in America.
What Else Will Change As A Result Of This Decision?
Another big change for American travelers in Cuba will be the establishment of a U.S. embassy in Havana. This will be a great benefit to Americans should any issues arise while abroad such as passport problems, getting in touch with family back in the States or dealing with any emergency situation that develops in Cuba during your time there.