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Trump administration bans people-to-people travel to Cuba

Trump administration halts cruises to Cuba under new rules

Effective today, the Trump administration imposed significant new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens that appears to mean the end of cruise ship visits to the island.

The Treasury Department announced that the U.S. will no longer allow cruises to Cuba or the group educational and cultural trips known as “people to people” travel to the island. This ends a heavily used form of educational travel.

Cruise ships have brought thousands of Americans to Cuba since the U.S. began restoring full diplomatic relations with the communist government in December 2014.

The new restrictions take effect Wednesday, but the government will allow anyone who has already paid for the trip to go ahead with it.