The travel visa that Cuba has been offering for a few years has been cancelled, as the country moves towards a full implementation of the so-called Cuban Adjustment Act.
The US has said that the Cuban Adjustments Act, passed by Congress in 2009, is “not legally enforceable”, which is why the law is not yet being enforced.US President Donald Trump has since promised to make Cuba “free” of US influence, but the US has long argued that its embargo is in the best interest of the US.
In its response to the cancellation of the tourist visa, Cuba’s embassy in the US wrote on Twitter that it was “unable to confirm” the decision.
However, it has since said that Cuba will continue to “offer travel documents and documents for all of its nationals”.
The US embassy in London also said that it had been informed by the Cuban government that the tourist visas had been cancelled.
However it did not specify whether any US citizens had been issued with the cancelled travel documents, nor did it provide any further details.
Cuba, which had said it would issue the tourist cards in July, has been working on implementing the law for several years.
According to the Cuban Government, the Cuban adjustment law requires foreign companies to provide “a comprehensive plan for the development of the country’s economy” and is intended to help “re-enter Cuba” and “support the development and growth of the Cuban economy”.
According to a government statement, “the US Department of State has informed the Cuban Embassy in the United States of its decision to cancel the tourist-visa issued to Cuban nationals”, the Cuban embassy said in a statement.US tourism industry ‘struggling’The US Department on Wednesday said that a US-based travel company was still looking to re-visit Cuba after the Cuban authorities “cancelled” a similar tourist-passport application earlier this year.US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Wednesday that the US had received a report of a US company, which was looking to visit Cuba.
“It’s a travel company that’s looking to do a visa re-entry for US citizens who’ve been issued a tourist-permit in recent years,” Nauert said.
“The Department of Homeland Security is currently in the process of reviewing this visa and we are working closely with the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the Department of Justice to review and determine whether or not there’s any recourse to reopening the visa program,” NauERT said.
A spokesperson for the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana declined to comment on Nauert’s comments, saying the ministry was “not able to confirm the information”.
“As the Cuban President said, we want to make the Cuban people happy, and we’re very hopeful that this will be possible,” she said.