Break out the stogies-it is going to be the easiest it has been in decades to get your hands on Cuban cigars and rum, thanks to the Obama administration's new rules on trade.
USA Today reports that President Obama approved a new directive to boost trade and travel with Cuba, and it includes a long-awaited benefit. Starting Monday, American travelers can buy unlimited quantities of Cuban rum and cigars-and not just in Cuba, but also any country where these products are sold-and bring them back to the States. The one catch is that you have to buy them for personal use, so wholesalers won't be able to bring the stuff to the U.S. to sell to you here.
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"I thought that one would wake some folks up," National Security Advisor Susan Rice wrote on Medium. "You can literally break out the cigars to celebrate." She elaborated that these changes do as much as they can to open up relations short of lifting the embargo, which the administration cannot do without Congress.
Want to go to Cuba and bring back some cigars? According to the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, you must get a visa for one of 12 categories of travel, from family visits to educational activities to humanitarian projects. A cruise line owned by Carnival, Fathom, offers seven-day trips that fall under "people-to-people" educational activity. Grab a Cuba Libre and light up to that.
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