Ready to finally take that dream Cuba trip? Yesterday, a handful of new amendments went into effect, further relaxing travel and economic regulations between Cuba—Travel + Leisure’s 2015 Destination of the Year—and the United States.
For travelers, the biggest change is the series of new categories added to the list of acceptable travel purposes. American citizens can now visit Cuba for “temporary sojourn,” for personnel operating or servicing ships or aircraft, professional meetings, public performances (including workshops, clinics, exhibitions) and an extended list of humanitarian projects, among others.
More air carrier services will be facilitated (think code-sharing and more flights to Cuba), and it’s now easier for U.S. companies to film movies in Cuba: expect more hilarious clips from traveling comedians and dreamy Caribbean scenes in the next Fast and Furious.
On the economic front, restrictions on payment and financing for certain exports have been removed or eased.
But the best part? You don’t have to wait to see those antique cars IRL. Check out these nine easy ways to visit Cuba now.
Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure—and a bed bug survivor. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.
Melanie Lieberman, Travel + Leisure
January 28, 2016