December 17th 2014 opened a new era for the US-Cuba relationship.
President Obama will move as soon as January 2015 to defang the 54-year-old American trade embargo against Cuba, using broad executive power to defy critics in Congress and lift restrictions on travel, commerce and financial activities.
Treasury and Commerce Department officials are moving quickly to tear down regulatory barriers to Americans’ ability to travel, conduct financial dealings and export products to Cuba, officials said.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department will scrap a measure that requires people who are already eligible for travel to Cuba to receive special permission from the government for trips such as those involving family visits, professional, religious or cultural programs and humanitarian projects. The Cuban Assets Control Regulations of the U.S. Treasury Department require that persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction obtain a Treasury license before engaging in any transaction related to travel to, from and within Cuba. Transactions related to tourist travel are not licensable. This restriction includes tourist travel to Cuba from or through a third country such as Mexico or Canada. More info here.
If you already have a permission to travel to Cuba, please click here for knowing what to do and your best trip options.
Until and if the remaining aspects of the Cuba travel restrictions are lifted by the U.S. government or if you don´t have the permission and still want to travel to Cuba without asking for one, please click here for knowing what to do and for your best trip options through a third country.