The United States has a rocky relationship with Cuba, but despite historic travel bans, restrictions have eased in recent years, thanks in part to changes made by the Obama administration. Now the federal government is again taking steps to facilitate his trip to Cuba.
Americans can now sign up for person-to-person group educational trips, as well as fly on commercial or charter flights to Havana and more, a senior administration official told reporters earlier this week. Travel should also be “purposeful” and “enable greater engagement between the American people and the promotion of their democratic values,” according to Travel + Leisure.
Despite the policy update, individual person-to-person educational travel has not been reinstated. The Treasury Department can even audit groups to make sure travelers are following guidelines.
“The Cuban people are facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and our policy will continue to focus on empowering the Cuban people to help them create a future free from repression and economic suffering,” the Secretary of State said on Tuesday. White House press, Karine Jean-Pierre. “These [policies] are designed to focus on human rights and empower the Cuban people to determine their own future. »
US policy on travel to Cuba has changed over the years. It wasn’t until 2015 that the Obama administration first reopened borders for person-to-person group travel (which includes multi-day package tours with a group of travelers under the same itinerary) in the hope of promoting better diplomatic relations. Although this was later extended to cruise travel as well as individual travel, the Trump administration banned cruises and all flights to Cuba other than Havana.