The US State Department He ratified through its official account on the social network Twitter,@USAenEspanol, which depend on the US Congress that Americans can freely travel to Cuba for sightseeing.
Upon inquiry, the ACN in an online forum through Twitter, representatives of American diplomacy responded that beyond the 12 general categories approved to travel to Cuba and that does not include sightseeing on the island, legislative action is needed.
“POTUS –abbreviation President Barack Obama in the social network has asked Congress to lift the embargo,” affirmed the State Department.
To the question of the Internet Huguet Hugo Blanco on executive powers of Obama to lift the ban on citizens of that country traveling to the Greater Antilles, the State Department said the president simplified options, but only to remove certain restrictions.
In that sense they recognized online forumUSAenEspanol through the legal framework of economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba is complex and depends on the decision of Congress.
The Obama administration removed last January 16 some restrictions on trade and travel for certain categories of Americans to Cuba that modified skinning the blockade, but a total ban on travel to Cuba were not suppressed, which requires approval Capitol.
They can only travel to Cuba US citizens and permanent residents in the country who qualify within 12 authorized categories, among which are those made for religious, educational, humanitarian and cultural purposes.
Tourism in Cuba is prohibited for American citizens by section 7209 (b) of the Law on Amendments to the Trade Sanctions and Expanding Exports of 2000, which is defined as \ “travel \” to any trip not allowed, even under a 12 existing categories.
Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who led repeated efforts a decade ago to remove the travel ban recently introduced a new bill with bipartisan sponsorship to remove restrictions on this subject, entitled Bill Freedom to Travel to Cuba in 2015.
Flake said at the time that unless there is an overriding reason to US national security should be allowed to have the right to travel wherever they want to, “it is a matter of freedom,” he said.
The State Department said it expected soon services regular commercial flights between Cuba and the United States, for which continue to work with the Cuban government to reach an agreement on the expansion of air services from starting.
ThroughUSAenEspanol it confirmed that Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cuba on Friday for the official reopening of the Embassy of the northern nation in Havana.(Radio Cubana)