Sweeping changes to migration and travel policy take effect in Cuba on Monday. The relaxed laws are expected to transform the lifestyle of Cubans both in the island nation and in South Florida.
Cuba will scrap broad travel restrictions starting in January, easing most Cubans’ exit and return, state media said on Tuesday in the communist island’s first major immigration reform in half a century.
As the holidays approach, thousands of Cuban-Americans are taking advantage of the Obama administration’s relaxed travel regulations to return to the island.
The first charter flight from Fort Lauderdale to Cuba departed Saturday. Airline Brokers Company started non-stop flights once a week to Havana.
A growing number of Cuban-Americans are concerned about two bills in Congress that would reinstate strict limits over their travel to Cuba, including how often they can visit and how much money they send family there.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has denied Key West International Airport’s request to accommodate passenger air service to and from Cuba.