Travelers hoping to travel to Cuba may be out of luck. At least until the Trump Administration is out of the White House because the 45th president has put new restrictions when it comes to the island.
Beginning today, the United States will no longer permit educational and cultural trips, also known as “people to people” to Cuba. The only exception to the new regulation is that the trip must have been booked before June 5 said the Department of Treasury.
The travel ban was lifted in 2016 by President Obama and this year alone saw over 100,000 Americans visiting the island on cruise ships. Sadly, many cruise companies will have to look for another source of revenue because cruises, private yachts and fishing vessels will also no longer be permitted to travel to the country.
The move left tour companies and cruise lines assessing the impact and how they might have to modify their operations in Cuba. “Cuba continues to play a destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law, and suppressing democratic processes,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday.