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Cuba Shuts Down Travel From U.S. Because It Can’t Find a Bank

Excerpt from The Hill

Feb 16, 2014 11:00 am

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The impasse over finding a bank in the U.S. to handle Cuba’s accounts would disrupt programs and trips that are already slated to happen. There are workarounds to this problem, but it is pathetic that no U.S. bank will step up to handle Cuba’s banking.

— Dennis Schaal

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Major League Baseball's Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., right, shows a group of young ballplayers how to grip a bat properly during a baseball clinic in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Franklin Reyes / Associated Press


The government of Cuba announced that it will no longer process visas for U.S. travel to Cuba. Cuba said travel will end until a new U.S. bank can be found to process visa fees that are collected and routed to Cuba.

Cuba’s decision means only humanitarian travel will be permitted to the island nation from the United States, and that the “people-to-people” visas and other educational travel will be shut off. Cuba said it would cut off “family visits, academic, cultural, educational, scientific, sports” and other exchanges.

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