Under new regulations the Trump administration issued November 8,as part of a crackdown on U.S. business and travel to Cuba (see video below). The Cuba embargo remains in place but Americans can still cruise to Cuba. Americans will be banned from doing business with 180 entities tied to the Cuban military and intelligence and security services, including 83 hotels, stores, marinas, tourist agencies, industries and even two rum makers owned by the government.
Travel to Cuba for tourist activities remains prohibited by statute. However, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel. Individuals who meet the regulatory conditions of the general license they seek to travel under do not need to apply for an additional license from OFAC to travel to Cuba.
The U.S. government has imposed limitations on lodging at many hotels. If you want to see Cuba, now is the time to visit aboard a cruise ship where lodging is not an issue. Royal Caribbean has announced two new ports and unique onboard offerings . In addition to visiting the island nation’s capital of Havana, guests can now explore Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos on the southeast coast of the island. Plus, guests can stay overnight and experience the island’s vibrant night life.
Under new regulations the Trump administration issued Wednesday November 8, 2017 as part of a crackdown on U.S. business and travel to Cuba. Americans will be banned from doing business with 180 entities tied to the Cuban military and intelligence and security services, including 83 hotels, stores, marinas, tourist agencies, industries and even two rum makers owned by the government. The U.S. Department of State’s list of entities and subentities under the control of, or acting for or on behalf of, the Cuban military, intelligence, or security services or personnel with which direct financial transactions would disproportionately benefit such services or personnel at the expense of the Cuban people or private enterprise in Cuba.
Most transactions between the United States, or persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and Cuba continue to be prohibited, and OFAC continues to enforce the prohibitions of the CACR. OFAC is issuing regulatory amendments to implement the changes to the Cuba sanctions program outlined in the NSPM. Specifically, OFAC is issuing changes to: restrict persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction from engaging in direct financial transactions with entities and subentities identified on the State Department’s List of Restricted Entities and Subentities Associated with Cuba (“Cuba Restricted List”), with certain exceptions; add requirements to certain categories of educational travel; remove the authorization for individual people-to-people educational travel; add requirements to the travel authorization Support for the Cuban People; and amend the definition of “Prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba.”
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