Washington / The US government said Tuesday that it would restrict cultural visits by American citizens to Cuba, as well as impose restrictions on private and corporate boat and airplane trips to the island, a move that represents a blow to the Caribbean nation’s economy.
The Treasury Department said in a statement that Washington would no longer allow cultural and educational trips under the group people-to-people educational travel program, which allowed thousands of Americans to visit the island after a thaw in relations started under former President Barack Obama in 2014.
“Cuba continues to play a destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law, and suppressing democratic processes,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
The new measures are aimed at limiting non-family travel to the island.
While US citizens are prohibited from visiting Cuba as regular tourists, exceptions were made for individuals in 12 categories, among them government officials and members of the media, as well as people involved in religious activities or seeking medical care.
The State Department, meanwhile, said that it would ban cruise ships from visiting the island.
“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.
Commercial airline flights, however, will continue to be allowed between the United States and Cuba.
“These actions are directly linked to the tourism industry, which has strong economic ties to the Cuban security, military, and intelligence sectors in Cuba. Veiled tourism has served to line the pockets of the Cuban military, the very same people supporting Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela and repressing the Cuban people on the island,” the State Department said.
The Treasury Department said it would also prohibit exports of “passenger and recreational vessels, and private and corporate aircraft” to Cuba.
The new restrictions will take effect on Wednesday, when they will be published in the Federal Register, the official daily of the US government and the publication of record for laws, regulations and public notices.
The Treasury Department said “these actions mark a continued commitment towards implementing the National Security Presidential Memorandum signed by the President on June 16, 2017, titled ‘Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba.'”
“These policies continue to work to channel economic activities away from the Cuban military, intelligence, and security services,” the Treasury Department said.
National Security Adviser John Bolton said in an address in Miami in April that the Trump administration planned to put more pressure on Cuba.
“This administration has made a strategic decision to reverse the loosening of sanctions and other restrictions on the Cuban regime. These actions will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services,” Mnuchin said. (June 4, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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una reunión que mantuvo Obama con Raúl Castro.
las relaciones entre Cuba y unos países de Latinoamérica.
unas medidas del Gobierno de EE.UU. que afectarán a Cuba.
se limitarán las visitas de carácter cultural a Cuba.
EE.UU. también prohibirá los vuelos comerciales a la isla.
EE.UU. tratará de incrementar el número de cruceros a Cuba.
para impulsar la economía de Cuba.
para evitar que Cuba reciba ayuda de Nicolás Maduro.
en respuesta al apoyo que Cuba está dando a Nicolás Maduro.
esta prohibición beneficiará mucho la economía cubana.
estas medidas también afectarán a los trabajadores autónomos de la isla.
a partir del año que viene estará prohibido hacer un crucero a Cuba.
no está prohibido que los estadounidenses hagan turismo en Cuba.
no se prohibirán los vuelos privados a Cuba.
los vuelos comerciales seguirán operando entre ambos países.
apartar algo de un lugar.
hacer algo más duro.
ser más flexible.
dejar algo como está.
una limitación o reducción.
en otro momento.
a partir de este momento.
Trabaja el futuro. (Work future tense)
Las medidas entrarán mañana en vigor.
Las medidas entrarás mañana en vigor.
Las medidas entraremos mañana en vigor.
Estados Unidos anunciará una nueva medida.
Estados Unidos anunciarás una nueva medida.
Estados Unidos anunciarán una nueva medida.
Estaban prohibidas las visitas.
Estarán prohibidas las visitas.
Están prohibidas las visitas.
un hecho que va a ocurrir.