U.S. Opens Cuba to Tourist Activity


cubaBeginning today, traveling to Cuba has become easier than it’s been in a lifetime thanks to a set of new regulations the Obama administration announced Thursday.

The regulations will lift certain restrictions on travel, business, and remittances. Americans can choose from a dozen specific reasons to travel to Cuba without obtaining a special government license first. In a practical sense, tourism will be allowed.

“Travelers” will also be able to use credit cards and bring back up to $400 in souvenirs, including $100 in alcohol or tobacco. Direct commercial flights will also be permitted. Americans can send more money to Cuba now, up to $2,000 every three months.

“This is basically the end of the travel ban once they work out the kinks,” said Julia E. Sweig, a longtime scholar and author on Cuba. Read more at The New York Times.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}