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Travel Tweet: State Department Hosts Twitter Q&A On Visiting Cuba

Franklin Reyes
Tourists ride a vintage car through Havana.

As part of his effort to normalize relations with communist Cuba, President Obama wants to make it easier for Americans to travel there. But there’s still some confusion. So the Administration wants folks to bring their questions to the Twittersphere.

U.S. tourist travel to Cuba is still illegal. But Americans have long been able to travel there if they obtained U.S. government permission for purposes like family visits or academic exchanges.

When Obama announced his plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba last December, he laid out new, simplified rules for visiting the island. U.S. citizens, for example, would no longer have to apply for specialized travel licenses.

But people still have questions on policy specifics like how much money they can spend in Cuba. So on Thursday at 3 p.m., the State Department is hosting a Q&A session at its Twitter handle, @TravelGov.

People can submit questions between now and then using #AskTravelGov.

Meanwhile, a bill that would allow tourist travel to Cuba is winding its way through the U.S. Senate.

You can read the Q&A session here after its conclusion Thursday afternoon.

Tim Padgett is the Americas Editor for WLRN, covering Latin America, the Caribbean and their key relationship with South Florida. Contact Tim at tpadgett@wlrnnews.org
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