Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Obama Lifting Restrictions on Family Travel to Cuba

In a measured break with a half-century of U.S. policy toward communist Cuba, the Obama administration lifted restrictions Monday on Cuban-Americans who want to travel and send money to their families in Cuba.

This includes the removal of limits on the frequency and amount of remittances that Cubans can send to family members in Cuba. Travelers will be authorized to carry up to $3,000 in remittances. And Cuban Americans will be able to visit relatives in their Island homeland for as long as they like and as often as they like.

In a further gesture of openness, U.S. telecommunications firms were freed to seek business there, too. However, the U.S. economic and trade embargo of communist-ruled Cuba will remain, but leaders of Latin American countries at this week’s Summit of the Americas are expected to push Obama to repeal it. The summit takes place April 17 to 19 in Trinidad.

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