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Embargo: Restrictions on Travel

The U.S. had stopped direct flights in February of 1996 as a response to the downing of two U.S.-registered aircraft that were flying in international airspace.

By restoring humanitarian charter flights, the U.S. will be providing a more cost-effective way to send much needed assistance to the Cuban people. Direct flights will also facilitate licensed travel to Cuba, which directly benefits the Cuban people.

Travelers on all flights must fit within one of the licensable categories, other than persons traveling once a year to visit close relatives in extreme humanitarian need. These other persons must be either traveling for clearly defined educational or religious activity, persons belonging to recognized human rights organizations, journalists, or official government travelers. The Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and State have developed procedures to license carrier service providers to Cuba.

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