Restrictions on Americans visiting Cuba have been melting away in recent months, and this week the trip got even easier.
On Tuesday, the Obama Administration announced that Americans can now visit for “individual people-to-people educational travel,” AFP reported. In other words, Americans can visit Cuba on their own, as independent travelers, rather than as part of an organized group as was previously required. (Of course, there were people who went independently, but that was technically illegal.)
Travelers still have to fall into one of 12 categories — research, journalism, religious activities, etc. — but as has been widely reported, pretty much anyone can find an excuse to classify themselves in one of those categories.
The New York Times has put together a useful explainer on how to visit and what travelers need to consider. Some of the key things to remember are that there are currently only charter flights or non-American flights into Cuba, and according to the Times no one is actually keeping tabs on Americans to make sure they’re sticking to their itineraries.
To read the new restrictions and rules in full, visit this Treasury Department page.
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— Jim Dalrymple II