U.S. citizens hoping to travel to Cuba now face new restrictions for their plans. On Tuesday, the Trump Administration introduced a ban on what are referred to as “people to people” trips to the island, banning many forms of educational and recreational trips.
The “people to people” trips were available to U.S. citizens even before the U.S. restored full diplomatic relations in December 2014. Unaffected by the ban, so far, are commercial airline flights, and travel for university groups, academic research, journalists, and professional meetings.
The ban, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, is in response to Cuba’s recent “destabilizing role,” such as it’s support for President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.