Cuba update: Trump tightens travel authorizations and targets new restricted parties

On 9 November 2017, the Trump Administration implemented new regulations to support its change to U.S. policy on Cuba.  The U.S. Government has created a new Cuba Restricted List administered by the State Department.  Through amendments to the sanctions and export controls regulations administered by the Treasury and Commerce Departments, the Administration has instituted modest additional restrictions on transactions involving Cuba, including targeting additional Cuban government entities and affiliates for sanctions and narrowing certain existing travel authorizations.  The Administration’s changes do, however, also have the potential to expand the scope of existing export authorizations in support of the Cuban private sector.

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