The U.S. Department of the Treasury is lifting its limitation on how much alcohol and tobacco products travelers can bring back to the U.S. from Cuba, the agency announced Friday.
What this means: It makes it possible to bring all the Cuban cigars and rum you want back home. Previously you couldn't bring more than $100 worth.
Friday's announcement also makes it easier for U.S. companies to import Cuban-made pharmaceuticals, allows U.S. agricultural companies to sell products to Cuba and for Cubans to purchase U.S.-made products online, and opens doors for humanitarian-related fundraising and services.
It's the most recent of several changes the Treasury Department is making following President Barack Obama's December 2014 announcement to normalize the United States' relationship with the Caribbean nation.
Since Obama's announcement, commercial flights between the two nations have been restored, the U.S. has removed economic sanctions against Cuba, and reopened embassies, among other things to ease trade and travel restrictions between the two nations.
"Today’s action builds on this progress by enabling more scientific collaboration, grants and scholarships, people-to-people contact, and private sector growth. These steps have the potential to accelerate constructive change and unlock greater economic opportunity for Cubans and Americans," Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said in a statement Friday.
These changes will take effect Oct. 17, once the amended regulations are published in the Federal Register. Read about all the new regulations here.
Can I visit Cuba?
Probably, but it depends.
Anyone traveling to Cuba has to have one of these 12 reasons – and tourism isn't one of them. Reasons include visiting close relatives, academic purposes or professional research, journalistic or religious activities, and participating in public performances or sports competitions.