BEDFORD, Texas, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The President made history this year by opening relations with Cuba for the first time in decades. Previously, the only way for a U.S. citizen to travel to Cuba was with a license, which was both restrictive and expensive. Now, changes allow travelers to visit Cuba independently and without the special permissions previously required.
While the restrictions for travel to Cuba by U.S. travelers are lessened, the "people to people" educational trips still must meet certain requirements. Anyone making such a trip is required to document the trip in writing as to itinerary and keep records for five years. Trips must also be for the purpose of such things as family visits, journalistic, government business, educational, public performances, clinics, sporting competitions, religious activities, private research, humanitarian efforts, import export activities, or to support the Cuban people.
In the next months and years it is expected that travel restrictions will be further relaxed, making it even easier and more affordable to visit this once forbidden island nation. Once opulent buildings remain intact, but like much of the country, are in need of repair. The rich sights and busy streets filled with cars from the 50's and 60's, make travelers feel as though they have stepped back to a time long since past. Tourists are able to sightsee, visit restaurants, museums and beaches, so long as they keep a daily record of activities.
These changes in travel are part of the attempt to repeal the American embargo against Cuba. Travel is stilled banned by law, but the new rules finally allow American citizens to visit Cuba for much more "main stream" reasons. Up until 1959, the Cuban economy relied heavily on American tourism and in the decades since, the infrastructure has deteriorated dramatically. Lifting travel restrictions might be the first step in bringing prosperity back to the Cuban people and normalizing relations.
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