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One Change on Cuba Under Trump: No More Solo Trips

Americans who visit will have to be in tour groups under Trump revisions
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 16, 2017 12:27 AM CDT
Updated Jun 16, 2017 4:21 AM CDT
Trump to Unveil Partial Turnaround in Cuba Policy
Two passengers deplane from JetBlue flight 387 waving a United States, and Cuban national flag, in Santa Clara.   (Ramon Espinosa)

Stopping short of a complete turnabout, President Trump is expected Friday to announce a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of US cash to the country's military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations and allowing US airlines and cruise ships to continue service to the island, the AP reports. In a speech Friday at a Miami theater associated with Cuban exiles, Trump will cast the policy moves as fulfillment of a promise he made during his campaign to reverse then-President Obama's diplomatic re-engagement with the island after decades of estrangement. The moves to be announced by Trump are only a partial reversal of Obama's policies, however.

The changes will saddle the US government with the complicated task of policing US travel to Cuba to make sure there are no transactions with the military-linked conglomerate that runs much of the Cuban economy and operates dozens of hotels, restaurants, and other facilities. Most US travelers to Cuba will again be required to visit the island as part of organized tour groups run by American companies. Obama eliminated the tour requirement, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to book solo trips. The US Embassy in Havana, which reopened in August 2015, will remain as a full-fledged diplomatic outpost. None of the changes will become effective until the Treasury Department issues new regulations, which could take months. (More Cuba stories.)

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