Engage Cuba Statement on New Cuba Travel Restrictions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Trump administration issued new travel restrictions that will severely limit the ability of Americans to travel to Cuba. The U.S. Departments of Treasury and Commerce are removing the authorization for group educational trips to Cuba, known as “people-to-people” travel, as well as limiting exports of passenger vessels, recreational vessels, and private aircraft. 

"Restricting Americans’ freedom to travel is an attack on our fundamental right as citizens. The federal government should not be policing where Americans go on vacation. Our core freedoms should not be held hostage by politicians for naked partisanship," said James Williams, President of Engage Cuba.

"Today's news is especially damaging for the Cuban people, particularly the burgeoning Cuban private sector, who rely on American travelers to support their businesses and families. The Cuban people should not be used as political pawns. They are human beings. Continuing a 60-year failed embargo policy that punishes the Cuban people for the sins of their government is morally and strategically wrong. U.S. policy should be about empowering the Cuban people and advancing American interests."