U.S. eases Cuba travel, trade restrictions

January 16, 2015 2:11 AM

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The Obama administration moved aggressively Thursday to secure its historic opening to Cuba, issuing new rules that will make it far easier for Americans to visit the island nation and do business there after more than 50 years of enforced isolation.

The package of new Treasury and Commerce Department regulations, which takes effect Friday, also relaxes decades-old U.S. restrictions on trade and remittances, including the use of U.S. credit and debit cards in Cuba.

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