[UPDATE] Official: Obama to Ease Cuba Travel Restrictions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 1-16 10:07 PM

Cuba says the Obama Administration's decision to lift some travel restrictions on students, academics and religious groups and make it easier for Americans to send money is a positive step, but not nearly enough while Washington maintains its 48-year trade embargo on the island.

The changes announced last week mean that students seeking academic credit and churches and synagogues traveling for religious purposes will be able to go to Cuba. Any U.S. international airport with proper customs and immigration facilities will be able to offer charter services to the island.

"Though the measures are positive," Cuba's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday, "they are well below what was hoped for, have a limited reach and do not change (U.S.) policy against Cuba."

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A senior administration official has
confirmed that President Barack Obama will loosen Cuban travel
policy to allow students and church groups to go to the communist

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity Friday because
an official announcement had not been made, said students seeking
academic credit and churches traveling for religious purposes will
be allowed to go to Cuba.

Also, any American will be allowed to send as much as $500 every
three months to Cuban citizens who are not part of the Castro
administration and are not members of the Communist Party.

More international airports will be allowed to offer charter
service. Now, only three airports can do so.

Sen. Bill Nelson's office had earlier outlined the changes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Homer Location: Tallahassee on Jan 18, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    I am amazed at the ignorant postings here. Travel to Cuba will be w great thing, and long overdue. Obama is absolutely right. My only objection is that church groups have been singled out to be among first visitors: they did such a GREAT job in terms of historical context...
  • by when?? on Jan 17, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    Why doesn't the moron work on things that affect OUR country instead of worrying about Cuba? This is one incompetent dude....
  • by Docker Location: Tallahassee on Jan 17, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    This is step one. Step two. American manufacturing companies will be able to move to Cuba. More jobs for Cuba less for the USA.
  • by Infidel Location: here and now on Jan 17, 2011 at 04:23 AM
    Good deal, now we will have more witnesses to the abysmal living and health care conditions of a communist country. Michael Moore will be exposed as a liar and complete tool.
  • by shadow on Jan 17, 2011 at 02:58 AM
    Why travel to Cuba when you can go to South Florida?
  • by maurice Location: thomasville on Jan 15, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    Dog, cb, its idiots like you why this counrty is stuck where it is today.. It really doesnt matter who the president is when the citizens are a dumb as a rock.
  • by roberta Location: Fl. on Jan 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    I never thought I would see this happen.,but why now?
  • by cb on Jan 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM
    one commie to another.
  • by Joe Location: Tallahassee on Jan 15, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    Why are we not allowed to travel where we please?
  • by dog Location: gone on Jan 15, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    Great we are going to ADOPT another 3 rd world country. oboma is an idiot.
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