For the past 7 years, Cuba has been practically completely off-limits. However, passport holders wishing to visit Cuba have reason to celebrate. While travel restrictions haven’t been completely lifted, it is certainly easier for researchers and academics to use their US passports to visit Cuba.
In the US, many students benefit from studying abroad. Cuba is a virtually untapped place for students with US passports to visit, study and learn. Exposure to other countries is a great thing to put on a resume and travel abroad gives students unique experiences.
Leisure travel by US passport holders to Cuba is still not permitted. US passport holders cannot travel to Cuba due to the U.S. economic embargo, which has been in effect for nearly 50 years.
Obama has placed students holding US passports in a unique category of travelers and they have been granted some of the only passes into Cuba.
Cuba isn’t the only country that Obama is focused on. There is also a new initiative for students holding US passports to visit China as well.
The White House hopes to double the number of students (holding US passports) traveling to China by 2014.
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