Who can travel to Cuba?

Currently, tourist travel to Cuba is permitted for 12 categories of visitors under U.S. law for U.S. citizens and others under U.S. jurisdiction. Under the new rules, people will not need to apply for a license if they meet this criteria. The new rules also remove any limit on how much money a traveler can spend per day. Travelers can bring back $400 worth of goods including no more than $100 worth of alcohol or tobacco.

Persons visiting "close relatives" who are nationals of Cuba
Those on official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
Journalists and support personnel
Full-time professionals conducting professional research or attending certain professional meetings
Faculty, staff and students of accredited U.S. graduate and undergraduate degree-granting academic institutions
Members and staff of U.S. religious organizations
Participants in public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
Those lending support for the Cuban people
People engaged in humanitarian projects
People participating in activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
Those dealing with the exportation, importation or transmission of information or information materials
Those facilitating certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines

Who has diplomatic relationships with Cuba?

Most countries have some form of diplomatic arrangement with Cuba, and most have established embassies. The United States has a diplomatic office within the Swiss Embassy in Havana called an 'Interests Section.' Cuba has a similar office within The Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Sources: Cuban government, embassypages.com

7 charts that explain Cuba

Cuba is a less isolated, more advanced country than it was when the United States severed ties in 1961, and it stands to benefit greatly from enhanced trade and diplomatic relations. Some key trends in the island’s economy and demographics:

Sources: Cuban government, embassypages.com

Public opinion on Cuba

Q: Do you think the United States government should or should not establish diplomatic relations with Cuba?

Q: Do you think the United States should or should not end the trade embargo, and allow U.S. companies to do business in Cuba and Cuban companies to do business here?

Q: Do you think the U.S. government should or should not end its travel restrictions, and allow U.S. citizens to visit Cuba and Cubans to visit the United States?

Where Cubans live

Of the 1.9 million people in the United States who claim Cuban ancestry, the vast majority live in South Florida. Miami-Dade County alone has 876,000 people who identify as Cuban. There are sizable Cuban communities throughout Florida and in parts of New Jersey, particularly in Hudson and Union counties.