Published On: Mon, Mar 21st, 2016

US simplifies regulations for Cuba flights

Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_Homeland_Security.svgWASHINGTON, USA -- The US Department of Homeland Security will publish a regulation in the Federal Register on Monday, which includes a change to current travel regulations regarding flights to and from Cuba.

Under the previous rules, only Customs and Border Protection (CBP)-approved airports could accept flights traveling to or from Cuba. Airports hoping to accommodate travel to or from Cuba were required to submit a written request to CBP for approval. The written request was required even if the airport already had clearance for international flights.

The regulatory change also makes adjustments to other provisions. Flights to and from Cuba are now subject to the same legal requirements as other international flights.

All passengers arriving from Cuba must still complete their immigration and customs inspections prior to being admitted into the United States.

Additionally, the change does not have any impact upon any other federal agency, carrier or traveler requirements that may be relevant for flights to and from Cuba.

The US Department of State and the US Department of Transportation signed an arrangement with Cuba in February 2016 aimed at re-establishing scheduled flights between the US and Cuba.

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