Senior US administration officials said in a media briefing Thursday afternoon that President Trump will ban people-to-people travel to Cuba for individual Americans, Skift.com reports on its website.
People-to-people trips are one of 12 types that were approved for US travelers as part of the Obama administration’s detente with Cuba. Tour operators had reported that this type of vacation was extremely popular with consumers, and it appears that group people-to-people trips will still be allowed.
“Individual people-to people travel has the highest risk of abuse,” said one official, but did not elaborate on examples of any alleged malfeasance. The Treasury Department will soon issue new regulations regarding the forms of travel that are acceptable.
These types of trips focused on connecting US travelers with Cubans in their communities and homes, creating an educational environment where travelers can experience what everyday life is like for Cubans. The ostensible goal was to foster a mutual connection between citizens of the two countries in a structured and regulated fashion, the report said.