United States Loosens Travel Restrictions to Cuba

United States residents will now have an easier time traveling to Cuba and sending money to family thanks to three provisions attached to the $410 billion omnibus spending bill President Obama signed yesterday.

The new regulations weaken restrictions that former President George W. Bush created to tighten the country’s embargo against Cuba in 2004. The new bill makes it easier to sell agricultural and pharmaceutical products to Cuba, and increases the amount of money that can be sent to family in Cuba as well as the amount of time relatives in the U.S. can visit the country. Now those wishing to visit family in Cuba may go once a year and are free to stay as long as they wish. The term "relative" has also been broadened to include aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Before, Americans needed a special license to travel to Cuba and could only do so once every three years for a maximum of 14 days.

There have already been criticisms about the regulations. Some say the provisions should not have been attached to the bill while others say the Cuban American community should have been consulted about these measures and that visitation restrictions should be lifted completely.

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