USA restricts Cuba travel

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On June 5, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Department of State took actions to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. Major elements of the changes in the revised regulations include:

  • Ending Group People-to-People Travel: In accordance with the newly announced changes to non-family travel to Cuba, OFAC is amending the regulations to remove the authorization for group people-to-people educational travel. OFAC’s regulatory changes include a “grandfathering” provision, which provides that certain group people-to-people educational travel that previously was authorized will continue to be authorized where the traveler had already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to June 4, 2019.
  • Ending Exports of Passenger Vessels, Recreational Vessels, and Private Aircraft: BIS, in coordination with OFAC, is amending its EAR to make passenger and recreational vessels and private and corporate aircraft ineligible for license exception and to establish a general policy of denial for license applications involving those vessels and aircraft.

Source: Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Press Release on Updated Cuba Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

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