November 8, 2017
United States Imposing New Travel Restrictions on Cuba
The Obama administration had begun easing travel restrictions to Cuba during the end of President Obama’s second term in office. The Trump administration announced that it would begin rolling back these changes soon after Mr. Trump took office, though it didn’t release more information beyond that. We now have the first details of the new Cuba travel restrictions.
The changes are overall designed to make it more difficult for Americans to visit and do business with Cuba. Americans tourists will now be required to go as part of an organized tour group run by a U.S. company. Americans are also banned from conducting any business, including tourism business, with entities which have ties to the Cuban military. The State Department released this list of entities associated with the Cuban military as of November 9, 2017. You’ll notice it contains a long list of hotels which Americans are now prohibited from doing business with.
The new restrictions go into effect on November 9, 2017. Americans who already booked upcoming travel to the island before June 16, 2017 are exempt. Airlines are already losing money on flights between the United States and Cuba, so I’d expect to see further flight reductions between the two countries as a result of this.