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9 March, Tuesday

US imposes new restrictions on Cuba travel

Barring of people-to-people and cruise ship travel is latest effort to upend opening with island nation

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The Trump administration imposed new restrictions Tuesday on travel to Cuba, banning U.S.-flagged cruise ships from docking in the country and eliminating one of the most widely-used ways for Americans to visit the island nation. 

Americans have not been able to travel freely to Cuba but were able to do so as part of organized travel groups.

The U.S. is now prohibiting organized group travel, known as "group people-to-people educational" travel authorizations, ending one of the key openings with Havana brought into force under former President Barack Obama.

Cruise ships were also one of the primary ways that American citizens could avoid running afoul of federal regulations when they traveled to Cuba. That will soon no longer be the case.

"The United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, and private and corporate aircraft," the State Department said in a statement.

Anadolu Agency

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