The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, in a move to punish Cuba for aiding U.S. adversaries in South and Central America, including its support for the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
This includes a ban on some educational and recreational travel. US cruise ships was required to not stopping in Cuba. The Treasury Department said in a statement that the U.S. will no longer allow the group educational and cultural trips known as "people-to-people" travel to Cuba. Under the new rules, private and corporate aircraft and boats will also be denied permission to travel, too. Travel for university groups, academic research, journalism and professional meetings will continue to be allowed. Commercial airline flights will continue as they "broadly support family travel and other lawful forms of travel". The sanctions would take effect on Wednesday after they are published in the Federal Register.
A State Department spokesperson for Western Hemisphere affairs said the new restrictions "on US passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, and corporate and private aircraft, steers American dollars away from the Cuban regime, and its military and security services, who control the tourism industry in Cuba." Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, who reopened the Cuban embassy in Washington in 2015, called the new restrictions "an attack on international law."