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US issues new rules for travel to Cuba
Washington, April 22, 2011
The US Treasury Department Thursday
published new rules governing travel to Cuba which include the
relaxation of some of longstanding regulations that were
announced in January by President Barack Obama.
The president had then said that after years of restrictions,
US students, journalists or members of religious organisations
may travel freely to the island without asking US authorities
for prior permission.
That was the second occasion on which Obama had pushed for the
relaxation of travel rules to Cuba. In April 2009, he
announced that Cuban Americans could travel to the island any
time they wanted.
According to the full document published Thursday by the
Treasury, now US citizens will be able to travel to Cuba
without requesting government authorisations when they are
going there to visit a "close family member" who is Cuban or
works at the US Interests Section in Havana.
Accredited journalists, professionals who visit the island to
participate in events such as conferences or meetings and
students and professors who go to participate in educational
activities will all be allowed to travel without restrictions.
Another group favoured by the new rules are religious
organisations recognised by the government, as well as
agricultural and telecommunications firms that want to
undertake advertising tasks or commercial negotiations on the