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USA lifts restrictions on group trips and remittances to Cuba

Washington, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) The US government on Wednesday modified its regulations on group trips to Cuba and the sending of remittances, two of the restrictive measures adopted by the Trump administration (2017-2021).

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of the Treasury indicated that the new guidelines will be published on Thursday in the Federal Register.

Therefore, they will permit educational group trips of Americans to Cuba sponsored by an organization subject to US jurisdiction and must be accompanied by a clerk, paid consultant or agent of the sponsoring institution.

They will also authorize, but with some restrictions, transactions related to those trips and others regarding attendance or organization of meetings or professional conferences in Cuba. The OFAC clarified that individual person-to-person and tourist trips are still prohibited.

Regarding remittances for relatives and Cuban citizens, the US administration officially revoked the limit of 1,000 dollars every three months, but did not specify the mechanisms to carry out those shipments.

In May, US President Joe Biden said he would lift some of the 243 measures adopted during the Trump administration, which he has maintained since his inauguration, in January, 2021.

The US administration promised to increase consular services and visa processing, and families will be able to visit their relatives in Cuba.

Furthermore, the White House expressed its intention of reestablishing a family reunification program, which has been suspended for years.

Last week, the US Department of Transportation authorized flights to other Cuban airports, besides that of Havana, which were banned since 2019.