(HAVANA) — The Trump administration is banning constitution flights to Cuban cities moreover Havana in a brand new tightening of U.S. restrictions on the island.
In October, the administration banned business flights to cities outdoors the capital.
The State Division mentioned in a press launch Friday that constitution operators would have 60 days to wind down their flights to Santiago, Holguin and 7 different cities throughout the island, and put a brand new restriction on the variety of constitution flights to Havana’s Jose Martí Worldwide Airport.
“‘Right this moment’s motion will additional prohibit the Cuban regime’s skill to acquire income, which it makes use of to finance its ongoing repression of the Cuban folks and its unconscionable assist for dictator Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela,” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo mentioned within the assertion.
The brand new restriction leaves each leisure vacationers and Cuban-People with out a straightforward strategy to journey to locations outdoors the Cuban capital. Driving from Havana to japanese Cuba can take greater than 12 hours on poorly maintained and sometimes harmful roads.
Cuban Overseas Minister Bruno Rodríguez mentioned on Twitter that the brand new measure was a “critical violation of human rights and freedom of journey of U.S. residents and hinders household reunification.”