US Senator: Obama to ease Cuba travel restrictions

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 14, 2011 23:54

Florida — US President Barack Obama plans to loosen Cuban travel policy to allow students and church groups to go to the communist country, a senator's office said Friday.

The State Department briefed Sen. Bill Nelson and his foreign policy staff on the plans to lift restrictions put in place by former US President George W. Bush, said the senator's spokesman Dan McLaughlin. McLaughlin said the changes will be made within the next three weeks.

Under the plan, any American will be allowed to send as much as $500 every three months to Cuban citizens who are not part of the Castro administration and are not members of the Communist Party.

Also, more airports will be allowed to offer charter service. Right now, only three airports in Miami, Los Angeles and New York City can offer authorized charters to Cuba.


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