US takes steps to make it harder for Americans to visit Cuba
Americans who visit Cuba must now avoid hotels, shops, tour companies and other businesses on a lengthy list released Wednesday by the Trump administration as part of a new policy aimed at cracking down on the communist-run island's government.


US travelers will once again be required to go as part of organized tour groups run by US companies, and a representative of the sponsoring
group must accompany the travelers. That's a return to the stricter rules that existed before former President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro restored diplomatic relations in 2015.


The new rules and list of off-limits entities are intended to put in place the tougher Cuba policy that President Donald Trump announced in June. Trump's administration took several months to finalize the details of that policy, which will take affect Thursday.


Some exceptions will accommodate Americans who made plans or entered into business agreements before Trump's policy announcement June 16, such as "people to people" trips to Cuba.


First published: 11.08.17, 18:47