U.S.–Cuba Relations: President Obama Announces a New Approach
On December 17 President Obama announced a new approach to U.S.–Cuba diplomatic relations.
The new approach includes:
- Re-establishing diplomatic relations in matters such as migration, counternarcotics, environmental protection, among others.
- Adjusting regulations to improve travel and remittance policies, support the flow of information between Americans and Cubans, and more.
- Facilitate an expansion of travel to Cuba by Americans. Travel licenses will be made available in 12 existing categories, such as family visits, humanitarian projects, journalism, import/export, professional meetings, etc.
- Authorize expanded sales and exports to Cuba. This expansion will empower the Cuban private sector, and Cubans will have access to certain lower-priced goods to improve their living standards.
- Authorize American citizens to import goods from Cuba. Those with travel licenses will be authorized to import $400 worth of goods from Cuba, of which no more than $100 can consist of tobacco products and alcohol combined
- Initiate new efforts to increase Cubans’ access to communications and their ability to communicate , by allowing telecommunications providers to set up the mechanisms and infrastructure to provide commercial telecommunications and Internet services.
To find out more, read the official announcement from the White House.