Trump’s Cuba directive explained
President Trump unveiled the directives Friday at a speech in Miami. The Treasury and Commerce departments have 30 days to come up with a concrete plan.
President Donald Trump declared Friday he was restoring some travel and economic restrictions on Cuba that were lifted as part of the Obama administration’s historic easing. (June 16) AP
— Tighter enforcement of rules requiring Americans to produce proof of valid travel to Cuba (such as receipts) under allowed categories.
— A reverting back to old policy of visits only being permitted with groups licensed by the Treasury Department.
— Americans who travel under permitted categories, such as education, will be subject to an audit by the Treasury Department.
— Commerce will be restricted with the business and commerce wing of Cuba’s military.
— Will make it difficult for U.S. companies to expand their business in Cuba.
Areas that will likely not be affected:
— Unlimited family travel and money sent to individuals in Cuba.
— Airbnb (lodging hosted by Cuban residents).
— Ability for Americans to bring back unlimited amounts of Cuban-made products, such as cigars, for personal use.
— Embassies in Washington and Havana will remain open.
— What would happen to companies that have already created or enlarged their presence in Cuba, such as Starwoods Hotels and Resorts.