The economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the White House on Cuba is being expanded by a new punitive measure aimed at targeting tourism, the main source of entry for the island’s valuable currency.
When imagination has no limits.
The Biden administration has announced a new punitive action against Cuba aimed at expanding hundreds of measures that make up the historic and outdated economic, commercial, and financial embargo imposed by the United States on the Big Island.
The latest gimmick from the White House to target the island’s main source of valuable currency, tourism, is to require Europeans and Cubans with dual nationalities, who have traveled to Cuba, to apply for a visa. United State.
According to information published on Cubadebate, EU citizens are usually visa-free and only need an entry permit which they can submit online on the ESTA portal.
Practically speaking, now, with this new ruling in effect, if a traveler happens to visit a country that has been identified as a sponsor of terrorism, an illegal list on which Cuba is also listed, the traveler will not be eligible then the US Customs and Border Protection portal warned of Participate in the Visa Waiver Program and must apply for a visa to enter the United States.
Recently, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared relevant information regarding the unknown procedure. Its website states that the requirements “also apply to travel to Cuba and the United States separately and at different times.
The department reported that people must apply for a visa at the Consulate General or Consular Section of the US Embassy in their place of residence. Tourists from Spain, Germany, France and Italy are part of the largest influx of European travelers received by Cuba, according to the latest data published by Tourism Analytics.
This action is due to the fact that Cuba was listed as a state sponsor of terrorism by the administration of former President Donald Trump in 2021, while the government of Joe Biden again blacklisted it last May. Venezuela, Iran, North Korea and Syria.
From the EU, as expected, no comments or protests over the measure affecting European citizens have arrived. But this is not surprising given the closeness, or rather the subordination, that the European Union shows towards the United States. Once again, European politicians think more about the interests of the United States rather than the interests of their own people.
Andrea Puccio – www.occhisulmondo.info
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