President Joe Biden’s administration revoked a series of flight restrictions enacted under former president Donald Trump. The plan would include an end to prohibitions on US flights to Cuban airports other than Havana.
Experts said nevertheless that travelling to the island will still be a complicated process for Americans, however, and tourist-related visits remain prohibited.
“We will make it easier for families to visit their relatives in Cuba and for authorised US travellers to engage with the Cuban people, attend meetings and conduct research,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said last month.
The Biden administration also loosened restrictions to allow for increased visa processing, including at the consulate in Havana, though most will still be processed at the US embassy in Guyana.
The State Department said it would also remove the family remittance cap of $1,000 per quarter and support remittances to Cuban entrepreneurs.
Sources: Cuban and American press